This is not a University Event. It is listed on our website because the 2 main speakers are UoL academics. The event is organised by Writing on the Wall, a dynamic, Liverpool-based community organisation that coordinates projects and events that celebrate writing in all its forms.
With the Black Lives Matter protests and the toppling of statues, calls to ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’ received renewed vigour. But what does ‘decolonisation’ actually mean? Is it just another buzz word that will fade into the background? UK Universities, including Liverpool, have recently started to acknowledge their links to slavery and imperialism, while Glasgow have calculated their benefits from the Trade and pledged £20million in reparations through the establishment of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research (GCCDR).
Could the tide be turning? Are the nation’s highest seats of learning ready to weed out Eurocentric bias and colonial prejudices not just in what is taught but also in what is researched and how? Are those in the ivory tower ready to listen to black academics and students who demand to know ‘Why is my curriculum white?’
Dr Leona Vaughn is an equalities and human rights professional whose previous positions include Chief Executive of Anthony Walker Foundation, National Policy Advisor for Crown Prosecution Service and Trustee of Liverpool FC Foundation. In her current role as Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, her interests are in anticolonial methodologies for researching slavery and unfree labour which centre minoritised groups in knowledge production. She has written on ‘risk’, ‘safeguarding’, ‘child labour’, ‘modern slavery’ and ‘childhood radicalisation’ and her current research project is on the racialisation of risk narratives for COVID-19 prevention in Ghana, Kenya & South Africa.
Dr. Lucienne Loh is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool and is co-lead of the English Department's Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group. In 2018, she helped to establish the Postcolonial Studies Association and was Associate Editor of the Journal for Postcolonial Writing from 2008 to 2018. Her first book, The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature (2013) addressed the legacies of empire in rural spaces both in Britain and in the ex-colonies. She is currently working on a research project on the legacies of slave narratives in contemporary Black British fiction.
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