Biographical details about the authors, artists and editors involved in developing the Decolonial Dialogues shared space are shown below (listed alphabetically, by last name). Additional information about these contributors’ research interests, approaches to teaching and learning, creative projects and campaign activities can also be accessed via the embedded links to their academic profiles, online portfolios, project sites and/or personal blogs.
Carol Ann Dixon, Ph.D
I am a teacher and postdoctoral researcher with interests in African and Caribbean diaspora histories, cultural geography, museology and contemporary visual arts. My doctoral dissertation – “The ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices” (University of Sheffield, 2016) – examined changing curatorial approaches to the display and interpretation of art objects from continental Africa and the global African diaspora in contrasting Western museum and gallery settings. A particular focus of this research involved interrogating issues of race, racism and anti-racism within institutional contexts in the UK and France –including the British Museum, Tate, Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Much of my postdoctoral scholarship builds on the findings of my Ph.D. research, and I am also developing a portfolio of new outputs focused on issues of (mis-)representation, omission, distortion and erasure within a range of exhibiting contexts, accessible online via my ORCID and LinkedIn profiles.
In addition to contributing articles, commentary pieces and co-editing content via the Decolonial Dialogues shared space, further information about my work is viewable via my personal blog, Museum Geographies.
Riadh Ghemmour (FHEA)
I am Indigenous Kabyle from Algeria pursuing a PhD in education at the University of Exeter. I have keen interests in critical theory, critical pedagogy, decolonisation and Indigenous methodologies. I am an active member in the Exeter Decolonising Network where I supported the development and achievement of the ‘Decolonial Knowledge Production and Anti Racist Pedagogy’ project funded by Education Incubator (2020/21).
I have also been a student intern in a collaborative project funded by the Social Mobility which is seeking to design a teaching toolkit to decolonise the curriculum at the University of Exeter.
I am also an associate at the MA-Education founded by Dr Muna Abdi. We deliver trainings and sessions on antiracism, decolonisation, and racial literacy within and beyond classrooms. I have worked closely with a couple of universities including Brunel University London and the University of Edinburgh.
In addition, I am a teaching assistant at the Graduate School of Education (University of Exeter).
Apart from my academic interests and professional career, I like working out, food, poetry, and storytelling, with a focus on diaspora, resilience, and identity. I am currently reading a book in relation to this, entitled ‘Home is not a Country’ by Safia Elhillo.
Maica Gugolati, Ph.D.
I am a researcher affiliated to the Institute of African Worlds (IMAF), France. I am specialized in postcolonial theories and I base my investigations on feminist and decolonial methodologies. I hold a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Imaf, EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), PSL University, in Paris, France. My doctoral thesis offers an intersection analysis between Performance Studies and Visual Anthropology on Postcolonial societies. My focus was about the impact of visuality on the transnational performance of carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
I am an independent curator member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) collaborating with artists from “the Majority World” on transdisciplinary projects where the arts and research dialogue. My works are showed at the Virtual Museum of AllegraLab, and at Art Curator Grid platforms. I am a photographer and an artist; my works about decolonialzing tropical landscapes are showed by ONCA art gallery, Brighton UK, and St Andrews’ University digital gallery, Edinburgh UK. Academic information, CV and publications are available online at Academia and ORCID.
Ahmed Raza Memon Ph.D.
I am a Post-Doctoral academic at the University of Kent, Kent Law School currently teaching as an Assistant Lecturer and a Student Coach. My doctoral project, ‘Networks, international law violence: A history of a dialogical interplay’ explores a critical history of networks in international law and their violence. I bring a positionality of de-colonial thinking (Mbembe, Santos, Quijano) and engagement with issues arising in the practice of international law and its theorization. My project develops a theory of sociology of international law from the perspective and history of the global south as well as adding to conversations around governance, expertise, networks and their material implications. Through this project, I also explore the multiple levels at which law-making and governance are developed through the confluence of different socially stratifying colonialities; such as Class, Religon, Gender, Caste and Race.
In addition, I was a student group leader and coordinator for the decolonising the curriculum (2018-2020) project led by Dr. Suhraiya Jivraj at the Kent Law School. For more information on the project: https://decoloniseukc.org/ I have contributed significantly to the written monogroph based on the Project, Towards Decolonising the University: A Kaleidoscope for Empowered Action by DecolUoK collective, Ed. Suhraiya Jivraj and Dave Thomas. published by Counter Press.
As part of the project, I have also facilitated the Postgraduate research students’ decolonising research collective ( 2018-2019). As a founding member of the collective, I have organized and coordinated workshops on anti-racist, anti-sexist classroom practices.
I also co-produce and co-host the critical international law podcast ‘Fool’s utopia’ where I have interviewed leading experts and early career scholars on the power and politics of knowledge production in the international legal order. To listen to this podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-919369831
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Key Publication: Ahmed Raza Memon & Suhraiya Jivraj (2020) Trust, courage and silence: carving out decolonial spaces in higher education through student–staff partnerships, The Law Teacher, 54:4, 475-488, DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2020.1827777
Che Blenman (Logo designer of Decolonial Dialogues)
I am an artist and graphic designer from Trinidad & Tobago that strives to visually push my expression as much as I can. Being born in such a festive and creative Island, it has helped to mould different styles of visuals for my work. A major influence in my work is exploring the African Diaspora in different themes and messages to entertain and educate viewers of the work I project. This influence grew even more after I was fortunate to go overseas for art education. My caribbean upbringing helped me maneuver creatively and socially in such a complex world that is the US. Please find below a series of my personal visual works.
From the experience and exposure I have ventured into many mediums such as fashion, video and curating, my friends from different diasporas have developed an art collective called “thebeucollective”
(pronounced be you) available on Instagram. We express ourselves through art, design, lifestyle and music. I have also been involved in other Trinidadian artistic apparel collectives such as Long Weekend TT and MaryJanebrandTT. For further viewing of my work, cast your eyes to my instagram profile Cchemnind and also IG: Longweekendtt and medical plant based apparel IG: maryjanebrandtt.
I believe that art is the second universal language after music.
Julie Uistienne Poynsenby
I am finishing up my second year of a Ph.D. in Education, with focus on Indigenous Education, at the University of Idaho. I came here after completing an MA in Special Educational Needs at the University of Exeter. Prior to that, I was a secondary school teacher in Exeter for 16 years.I am a Research Assistant with a project called “Voices to Hear” – a National Science Foundation-sponsored collaborative project between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, University of Idaho and State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY). The project uses the oral tradition of storytelling to empower Native American students (middle school, high school and college) to engage in environmental decision-making and scientific communication. Students create podcasts, telling a story about an environmental issue affecting their community and describing how Indigenous knowledge and Western science are both used to solve the problems. Further details can be found on our project website: https://voicestohearcdatribe.org
My own research interests are centered around engaging young people from underserved communities to have a voice and opportunities to have their voices heard. Currently I am working on a visual narrative project that asks participants to take photographs of places that have personal meaning, and to interpret those meanings in terms of identity and what it means to be Native American. My participants are young, adult members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, with whom I have built a respectful, trusting relationship – the key to all good research!
Salma Shaka is an Austro-Palestinian, currently studying Cross-Disciplinary Strategies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her topics of interest include Palestinian liberation, cultural resistance, and decoloniality through the arts; storytelling in particular. Salma’s most recent works have included looking at the ways in which fiction and imaginative futures can help reclaim past narratives of indigenous cultures and peoples, providing them with a prospect for hope. Her goal is to seek and build communities within the different diasporas in Europe and around the world, collecting stories and creating a safe-space for shared experiences.