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.

Our hosts:

Kyra Araneta

Kyra (she/her) is a mixed African-Asian Student Partnership Co-ordinator and postgraduate student of International Relations at the University of Westminster. At the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation, Kyra’s work on the Pedagogies for Social Justice Project engages with decolonisation and anti-racism in Higher Education. At the heart of her work lies the inspiration to build student-staff relationships which make universities a space for social change.

Fatima Maatwk

Fatima Maatwk (she/her) is an Egyptian-German, Muslim lecturer and researcher at the University of Westminster. In the Centre of Education and Teaching Innovation (CETI), Fatima’s engagement with student partnership ties directly into her work on both the Pedagogies for Social Justice and Students as Co-creators project. Her interests include fostering decolonial spaces within the academy and doing good, ethical work towards social justice, through methods such as student-staff partnership.


Episode 1: Jennifer Fraser and Fatima Maatwk – Introduction

Hosted by Kyra Araneta, project members Jennifer Fraser (University Director of Student Partnership in the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation) and Fatima Maatwk (Student Partnership Lecturer in the CETI) discuss where the project situates itself within anti-racist and decolonial work, how it came to be, and why student-staff partnership is pivotal to any effort towards social justice in higher education.

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Episode 2: Yahlnaww – Indigenous worldviews, language revitalisation and decolonising Psychology

In this episode of the podcast, our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Yahlnaaw (she/her) as she speaks to her experiences as a woman who holds the identities of being Indigenous, Queer, and Transgender while encompassing the epistemologies (ways of knowing), ontologies (ways of being) and axiology (values) that accompany her intersecting identities. Yahlnaaw delves into navigating Indigenous identity while being submersed in colonial social systems and revitalizing her Indigenous language as a second language learner and how it has influenced her master’s thesis research. Yahlnaaw offers possible avenues for communities to utilize in the de-constructing processes of oppressive and colonizing frameworks and systems.

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Episode 3: Lubaba Khalid – Multiraciality, the attainment gap and student unions

In this episode of the podcast, our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Yahlnaaw (she/her) as she speaks to her experiences as a woman who holds the identities of being Indigenous, Queer, and Transgender while encompassing the epistemologies (ways of knowing), ontologies (ways of being) and axiology (values) that accompany her intersecting identities. Yahlnaaw delves into navigating Indigenous identity while being submersed in colonial social systems and revitalizing her Indigenous language as a second language learner and how it has influenced her master’s thesis research. Yahlnaaw offers possible avenues for communities to utilize in the de-constructing processes of oppressive and colonizing frameworks and systems.

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Episode 4: Deanne Bell – Decolonial atmospheres, retrospective autoethnography and decolonising Psychology

In this episode of the podcast our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Deanne Bell, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University – with specialities in liberation psychology and decolonisation. Some of her most recent work focuses on building decolonial atmospheres and developing imaginings of a new university that exists outside of the colonial forms of knowing and being that are still deeply entrenched in the system. In this interview, we delve deeper into Deanne’s upbringing in Jamaica and how she came to understanding her identity and positionality, her recent paper on retrospective autoethnography and what she thinks can be done to decolonise psychology as a discipline.

Listen to this episode – Transcript [PDF] – Read Deanne’s article

Episode 5: Tanveer Ahmed – Decolonising Fashion Design and shifting the Western canon

In this episode of the podcast our host Fatima Maatwk is joined by PhD student and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and University of London, Tanveer Ahmed to discuss what it means to teach and think critically about Fashion Design (FD). Some of her most recent work focuses on how representations of the Other are reinforced in in FD curricula as well as how Black feminist literature can aid our understanding and help educators to develop anti-racist and culturally progressive FD pedagogy. In this interview, we delve deeper into Tanveer’s academic background and how she came to understand the Eurocentric, capitalistic, patriarchal, colonial nature of the fashion industry and why this space continues to disadvantage Black and Brown students of fashion design.

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Episode 6: Lubna Bin Zayyad: Representations in the media and decolonising Journalism

In this episode of the podcast our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Lubna Bin Zayyad, who recently graduated with a Masters in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Westminster. As well as playing a key role in the Pedagogies for Social Justice steering group and glossary, Lubna’s writing is mainly centred around deconstructing colonial and racist beliefs and representations in the media – in particular, on the areas of the Middle East and Islamic History. In this interview, we delve deeper into Lubna’s upbringing and experience of multi-raciality, on top of how she came to understanding her identity/positionality through media. Lubna then offers her thoughts on how we might begin to decolonise not only the media itself, but the way in which it is taught and understood in curricula.

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Episode 7: Dibyesh Anand – Colonial rule in China, securitization and Decolonising International Relations

In this episode of the podcast our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Dibyesh Anand, a Professor of International Relations (IR) and the Head of the School of Social Sciences at Westminster. Dibyesh is widely recognised for his research on topics including politics and international relations of Tibetans under Chinese rule, Islamophobia in India, the politics of security and representation, the emergence of China and India as major non-Western powers, and the contested nature of nation-state formations in Asia. In this interview, we delve deeper into Dibyesh’s recent work on securitization and how it relates to the modern Chinese colonisation of Xinjiang and Tibet. We also discuss the ways in which IR is still a colonial discipline and how we might begin to decolonise the study on a pedagogical level.

Listen to this podcast – Transcript [PDF] – Read Dibyesh’s article

Episode 8: Olimpia Burchiellaro – LGBTQ studies, queer politics and coloniality

In this episode of the podcast our host Fatima Maatwk is joined by Olimpia Burchiellaro, a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Westminster. Some of her recent work focuses on issues of inclusion/exclusion and the transformative potential of queer activism. In this interview, we explore themes of identity, queerness, Eurocentrism and whiteness, as well as how we might begin to decolonise the IR canon and adopt decolonial/anti-racist pedagogies.

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Episode 9: Tamara Reid – Inclusion, student partnership and decolonial work in higher education

In this episode of the podcast our host Fatima Maatwk is joined by Tamara Reid, Lead of the Inclusive Curriculum Consultants Programme at Kingston University, London. With a wealth of experience in stimulating student engagement, EDI work and partnership, Tamara sheds light on the complexities of these areas – particularly the tensions between decoloniality, anti-racism and inclusion. In terms of moving forward in our efforts towards decolonising higher education, we discuss how lecturers can help themselves to approach the topics of race and coloniality in educational spaces and more.

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Episode 10: Mrinalini Greedharry – ‘The limits of literature as liberation’ and decolonising English Literature curricula

In this episode of the podcast our host Kyra Araneta is joined by Mrinalini Greedharry, a Professor at Laurentian University in the land we now call Canada. Mrinalini’s research is largely anchored in English, developing to include interests in historical and organizational questions about English as an academic discipline. In this interview we delve deeper into Mrinalini’s upbringing, her experiences of teaching in Canada, Finland and the UK, her recent article, and how we might begin to decolonise English curricula.

Listen to this episode – Transcript [PDF] – Read Mrinalini’s article


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