We present the following tools as an offering to those that are already engaging and interested in decolonisation. We recognise that decolonising and anti-racist practices look and feel different in different spaces hence the resources in this project are not meant to be prescriptive but are offered as tools to use in your own journeys of growth and transformation.
As tools situated in the colonial neoliberal academy, we acknowledge that while we are reliant on it’s capital and resources, we can still use our collective decolonial desires and dreams to ‘assemble decolonizing machines out of scrap parts from colonial technology’ (La paperson, 2017).
- Glossary: This tool is provided to give readers a better understanding of terms related to concepts surrounding race and decoloniality. We acknowledge that these terms do not have universal definitions and because of this, we have created this tool with caution and consideration of the meanings already given to language by certain groups. The tool is structured as an A-Z list of terminology that offers definitions, historical context, further reading, and guidance for using some of the terms.
- Reading lists: This tool aims to provide students and staff with resources to begin thinking about and engaging in decolonising learning and teaching. We recognise that this will look and feel different in each discipline and in different contexts so with that in mind, we have compiled a general introductory reading list and individual lists for the subject areas that are taught at Westminster. On top of that, you can find separate but related lists on decolonising research, solidarity and partnership, as well as anti-racist pedagogy.
- Podcast: This tool aims to centre discussions on topics such as anti-racism and decolonisation as a means of exchanging and generating pedagogical practices and remedies. Appreciating the knowledge that we gain through storytelling, reading, asking questions and listening, this is an offering for those looking for conversations about educational justice, transformation and change. We acknowledge these processes can only be done effectively when done collaboratively, so we invite students, lecturers and external speakers” from our communities in order to hear their voices, center their knowledges and ensure that they are leading change.
- DAR Study group: More like your “modern-day book-club”, this tool aims to foster the learning and dialogue that is needed in our efforts towards social change in higher education. By facilitating the analysis and discussion of certain texts and media which in turn encourages us to question our own ideas and practices, the study group seeks to help members develop their understanding of race, coloniality, and the educational systems that continue to disadvantage underrepresented groups.
- Further resources: This section is dedicated to showcasing the amazing work being done outside of the Pedagogies for Social Justice project.