Topic: Is it possible to decolonize academia?
We invite participants to prepare for this session by reading Marie Battiste’s Decolonizing Education (Saskatoon: Purich Press, 2013), Chapter 5 “Animating Ethical Trans-Systemic Education Systems” pp.101-124; and Rauna Kuokkanen’s Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes, and the Logic of the Gift (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007), Chapter 5 “Hospitality and the Logic of the Gift in the Academy” pp.128-155. Both books are available as ebooks through Queen’s libraries. Participants are still welcome to the discussion if they don’t complete the readings.
As a result of participating in this series, individuals will:
• recognize and question their own knowledge and assumptions around decolonization
• apply colleagues’ ideas on decolonization to their own teaching practice
• actively participate in the decolonization of academia generally and Queen’s specifically
Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to monthly brown bag lunches to discuss the implications of decolonization for teaching and learning. Facilitators from the CTL will guide discussion, but all participants will contribute to the direction of each meeting and the direction of the program as a whole.