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November 2016. Editor Sandew Hira: sandew.hira@iisr.nl

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Divergent research methodology: diversity and decolonization at the University of Amsterdam

Early 2015 white students and staff from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) occupied the administrative buildings as a protest against announced budget cuts. They demanded more democracy: election of the university board, referendums and an open debate on budget cuts. In the wake of this movement students of colour raised the slogan “No democratization without decolonization”. In response to this movement the university board established a commission typically named Commission for Diversity rather than Commission for Decolonization. Recently they produced a report titled Let’s do diversity. Sandew Hira wrote a decolonial critique of the report that adresses the question whether diversity at Uva is a step towards or away from decolonization. Click here to read the critique.

 

Censorship of decolonial mathematics

The Conversation is a website dedicated to “independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism” established by a white Australian journalist named Andrew Jaspan. In an article in the African edition, Karen Brodie from the University of Witwatersrand asserted that “much, though certainly not all, of mathematics was created by dead white men.” Decolonial mathematician C.K. Raju challended this claim and wrote an article for The Conversation in which he provides a decolonial history of mathematics and an approach to decolonize mathematics. It was published in the Global Edition on 24 October 2016. It quickly reached a readership of 16,737. About 24% of the readers were from South Africa, and about 35% from US. But then it was taken down. Read more.

 

Ramon Grosfoguel and Sandew Hira on intersectionality

On August 19 2016 Ramon Grosfoguel and Sandew Hira gave a joint lecture on intersectionality at the University of South Africa, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, as part of Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN). Here are the videos of the lecture of Grosfoguel and Hira.

 


The Latin American Philosophy of Education Society

What is Latin American philosophy of education?” This question forms the basis of the work of the The Latin American Philosophy of Education Society. Rafael Vizcaino (Rutgers University, USA) interviews Jason T. Wozniak, organizing member of LAPESabout their work and the relation with decolonial thinking. Read more.

 

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