Decolonising the curriculum

For the record, I did my MA at SOAS 17 years ago, and in one of the essays I wrote there talked about Kant’s racism, Marx’s dismissive blind spot to race, and today I continue to talk about Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire (who was directly inspired by Fanon) in most lectures I give about my own work.

I believe curriculum from a multitude of cultural perspectives is a healthly education, with thinkers quoted in context of their worldview as much as we can know. Now in the age of broad access to information, why wouldn’t we teach from a broad pallet of knowledge? Surely the argument against that says more about the person arguing against it, than arguing for it?


My above post is a response to the following article…(which I thought was excellent).

Guardian article – 19 Feb 2017

“Are Soas students right to ‘de-colonise’ their minds from western philosophers?”



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