Decolonizing the Curriculum

16Mar2018 10:00 - 12:30


On the 16th of March the Program Committee (OC) of the department of philosophy has organized a colloquium on how to Decolonize the Philosophy Curriculum. With Nikita Dhawan, Grâce Ndjako, and Yolande Jansen.

The curriculum is said to lack diversity, and can be characterized as particularly Western in nature, while having a hierarchical impact on other traditions of thought. As a first step in addressing this issue, the colloquium aims to inform students and lecturers by speakers who have already started the process of trying to decolonize the curriculum.

We invite you to become involved in this pressing issue and come along! The speakers will deal with theoretical as well as practical issues relating to how to decolonize current philosophical curricula. How do we do justice to canonical thinkers, and simultaneously incorporate non-Western and other more diverse perspectives? The lectures will not be very long so we will have time for Q&A after each lecture. After the lectures, there will be a discussion in which you can share ideas, ask questions, pose commentary and the like. We hope to see you all there, since a more inclusive curriculum concerns every member of the philosophy community!

Program 16 March

  • 10-10.10 – Program Committee of Philosophy (oc-wijsbegeerte): ‘Introduction’
  • 10.10-11.00 – Nikita Dhawan: ‘Postcolonial Approaches to 'Decolonizing Philosophy'’
  • Coffee
  • 11.00-11.30 – Grâce Ndjako: ‘Decolonizing Philosophy and African Philosophy’
  • 11.30-11.50 – Yolande Jansen, Program Committee of Philosophy: ‘At the Intersection of Political Philosophy and Critical Humanities Education'
  • 11.50-12.30 Discussion/Q&A

Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science (Political Theory and Gender Studies) and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: "Identities – Discourses – Transformations" at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her publications include: Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (2007); Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (ed., 2014); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (co-ed., 2015); Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (co-ed., 2016), Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity (ed., 2017).

Grâce Ndjako has worked as a Teaching-Assistant in Non-Western Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, and is currently organizing Masterclasses on African philosophy in cooperation with NiNsee (The National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy/ Het Nationaal Instituut Nederlands Slavernijverleden en Erfenis). See as well Grâce’s Ndjako’s ebsite:

Yolande Jansen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Special Professor of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity for the Socrates Foundation at the VU University Amsterdam. Her publications include Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism; French modernist legacies (2014) and The Irregularization of Migration in Europe; Detention, Deportation, Drowning (2015), edited together with Joost de Bloois and Robin Celikates. She is the project-leader of an NWO-project about 'Critique of Religion; Framing Jews and Muslims in public debate and political theory'. She recently developed the MA-course ‘Political Philosophy and the Critical Humanities’. 

Location: Roeterseiland, Room C0.01

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    Building B: +31 (0)20 525 5340 | Building C: +31 (0)20 525 5470

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