Common Ground are proud to announce the Core Events for our highly anticipated 2018 symposium, which will be held in Oxford from 4th-11th May.
The symposium will comprise a week-long programme of events spearheaded by four Core Events, outlined below. The Core Events follow a rough chronological theme: our opening night, ‘Entrenched Roots’, will reflect on the past; the two panel events will tackle issues of first race, then class, in Oxford’s present; and our closing night, ‘Uprooted’, will celebrate our diversity and look to the future – to what a more equal Oxford could look like, and how we can get there.
A statement of purpose for the symposium is to follow, as well as further details of the Core Events and many others being organised by the Common Ground Team!
We look forward to seeing you all there!
By Naomi Packer.
Sitting in the audience of this panel the first thing that strikes me is that everyone on it is female. Furthermore, the majority are women of colour. For a brief moment I acknowledge how rare it is to be faced with a panel of all-female academics. The panel is comprised of exceptional women: Eden Bailey, the outgoing OUSU VP for Access and Outreach, Ankhi Mukherjee, Oxford Professor of English and World Literatures, and Melz Owusu, grime artist and ‘Why Is My Curriculum White?’ campaigner doing her masters in Philosophy at the University Leeds. All of them are inspiring; none of them are without strong opinions on the way in which minorities have been marginalised by the British curricula.
When considering whether the subaltern can speak at Oxford, Ankhi Mukherjee notes that we should bear in mind three questions. Firstly, who is welcome to speak; secondly, what knowledge is valued; and thirdly, why are some aspects of our curricula questioned while others remained unchallenged? These questions proceed to guide the discussion.
Continue reading “Review: Towards a Decolonised Curriculum Panel Discussion”
By Naomi Packer.
Karma Nabulsi begins her keynote address by outlining some of the key issues at stake. How do campaigners come to agree on what de-colonisation means, and how do universities engage with this change? Nabulsi posits that answers to these questions are found in the anti-colonial struggles of the past, and, in particular, in the stories of those who directly fought against inequality through creating what she describes as “a true solidarity.” “In order to move forward,” she states, “we simply need to open the road behind us.”
Continue reading “Review: ‘Learning from Anti-Colonial Struggles’ – Karma Nabulsi’s Keynote Speech”