Disrupting metaphors of coloniality to mediate social inclusion

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Thu, 7 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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New voices emerging in the global South are contesting the academy’s elitist and exclusionary ethos by disrupting the normalcy of coloniality. This session explores the politics of ‘voice’ of the 'marginalized' who dare to ‘speak’ in authentic and provocative ways that call the university to action. We pose the questions: are alternative voices enough to inspire institutional change if traditional hierarchies of power remain intact? Are there tacit consequences for those who speak up and speak out? What does this mean for the collective project of re-imagining a univers(ity) that carries a promise of social inclusion and social justice?

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