Decolonising or anti-racism? Exploring the limits of possibility in higher education

Date

2023-04-19

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ISSN

1470-1294

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Decolonising work in Higher Education (HE) has become increasingly mainstreamed. One issue is the relationship between such work and that of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), or the potential reduction and co-option of decolonising for EDI purposes. This article discusses the characterisations of, and drivers for, decolonising inside UK HE, and then situates this against one, institution-wide programme of work. This programme sought to investigate how staff and students have understood the concept of decolonising, and to evaluate the limits of this work. Analysing surveys and interviews using a grounded theory approach suggested a moderate or limited view of decolonising work, and supports concerns that decolonising is losing its radical edge. Echoing work on the possibilities for epistemic and racial justice from inside capitalist institutions infused with the logics of coloniality, the argument questions whether it is possible to know the University otherwise.

Description

Open access article Peer reviewed output from the Decolonising DMU project: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/community/decolonising/index.aspx

Keywords

anti-racism, decolonising, diversifying, higher education, institutional change

Citation

Hall, R., Ansley, L. and Connolly, P. (2023) Decolonising or anti-racism? Exploring the limits of possibility in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice