Decolonising the curriculum

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Begum, N. and Saini, R. 2019. Decolonising the curriculum. Political Studies Review. 17 (2), pp. 196-201. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918808459
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TitleDecolonising the curriculum
AuthorsBegum, N. and Saini, R.
Abstract

Social science courses are increasingly coming under fire for the over-representation of white male authors and theorists. Campaigns such as ‘Why Is My Curriculum White?’ call into question the ‘Dead White Men’ approach to teaching political theory, where few female and theorists of colour are included on reading lists. The ways in which knowledge is produced, propagated and perpetuated through White, Western perspectives also spawned the related campaign ‘Why Is My Professor White?’ These campaigns are taking place against a backdrop of immense changes in the higher education sector, which earlier this year saw thousands of university academic staff go on strike over pensions, and a spate of anti-casualisation campaigns crop up at universities across the country. Changes such as these disproportionately affect women and ethnic minorities because of the extent to which we are subject to structural inequalities. Ethnic and gender penalties are present at every academic pay grade. Women are more likely to be on casual, part-time contracts. And ethnic minorities still constitute a minor proportion of senior academic and management staff in most universities. As women of colour (WOC) in the academy – emerging scholars of race who have yet to begin permanent academic roles – the decolonisation campaigns hold personal as well as professional resonance for us. They fuel our desire to impart real change in the way politics is taught in the United Kingdom and to help make a space for scholars like us. However, this desire must sit alongside the realities of our future in the academy. We both started out PhDs in the mid-2010s with the hope of becoming critical and radical but essentially fully fledged and secure academic employees. The structural changes the academy is undergoing not only undermines the work we do to represent the work of subaltern scholars in the field of politics but makes us question our ability as well as our desire to survive and thrive as academics.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalPolitical Studies Review
ISSN1478-9299
Electronic1478-9302
Publication dates
Online06 Mar 2019
Print01 May 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Sep 2019
Accepted30 Sep 2018
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Begum, Neema and Saini, Rima, Decolonising the curriculum. Political Studies Review, 17 (2). pp. 196-201. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918808459.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918808459
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