Welcome to Decolonial Dialogues

A shared space for exchanging and advancing ideas and information about decolonising [decolonizing] knowledge – through activism, research, inclusive teaching and learning and creativity...

Decolonial Dialogues logo, 2020, by artist and graphic designer Che Blenman. The interpretation of the logo reflects our visual identity: the dialogue which our readers, site-viewers and contributing authors bring onto the shared space; the bubble refers to the discussions, ideas and progressive knowledge about the theme of the platform, ‘decolonisation’, the fingerprint and the face indicate our own worldviews, personal agendas, activism and knowledge which shape the trajectory of Decolonial Dialogues shared space.

Decolonial Dialogues was established by a small group of researchers who first met at an event organised by the Sociological Review Foundation, convened as a follow-up workshop to the 2019 Annual Lecture given by the internationally renowned scholar and indigenous rights activist, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Waikato, New Zealand).

The workshop took place at Friends’ Meeting House in London on 17th October 2019, themed around the issues raised in the SRF Lecture, “Decolonising Methodologies: 20 Years On”summarised online here.

During the workshop, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith spoke passionately about her Maori heritage and cultural values – especially the belief that all people, as well as all living and non-living things, are related. This Maori belief in universal relationality was seen as central to the de-privileging of humans as exceptional beings, somehow set apart from the rest of nature.

Consequently, the concept of relationality was valued by the Professor as key to the way activists, researchers, teachers and other creative professionals from all walks of life should reflect upon and demonstrate our respect for everything in the world – from the local, to the global – treating everyone and everything within our communities and in the natural environment with great care, respect and gratitude.

Following the workshop, a sub-group of the 15 delegates from the participating cohort of researchers began to engage in further critical conversations about effective ways to apply the many decolonial methodologies espoused by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith into our respective areas of scholarship and teaching, within and beyond academia. Specific dialogues between Riadh Ghemmour and Carol Ann Dixon became the catalyst for developing this site’s structure and initial content – launched in April 2020. It is our hope that this embryonic shared space will be shaped by a much broader network of creative ideas and critical perspectives, expressed and advanced via a growing group of new contributors and co-moderators.

At the time of the site’s launch, our international network of contributing activists, artists, curators, researchers, journalists and educators are primarily based in the United Kingdom. However, many of us also have additional research affiliations, diaspora connections, ancestral ties and other cultural links to Algeria, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. Please see the About Us page for a list of current contributing authors.

All visitors to this site are welcome to join our shared journey towards advancing Decolonial Dialogues around the world…

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