Reading Group (Current year)

The Critical Pedagogies Reading Group is a space to discuss and share practices of critical pedagogy in the context of higher education. As a group, we would like to map and engage in the histories, literature and issues of critical pedagogies and share and experiment with methods used in critical pedagogical practices. We hope to create a space to discuss the limits and opportunities of critical pedagogy in the current context of increasing fees, marketisation and undemocratic governance of Higher Education.

We meet twice a term over lunch to discuss readings.  Some meetings are held at Birkbeck College and others at the University of Westminster.

The reading group is open to everyone.  If you plan to attend a session at Westminster you will need to notify Jennifer Fraser (j.fraser@westminster.ac.uk) so that you are able to access the building.

To find out more about the reading group or to join the mailing list please contact: Jennifer Fraser, Centre for Teaching Innovation, University of Westminster  (j.fraser@westminster.ac.uk) or Sophie Hope, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College (s.hope@bbk.ac.uk)

Critical Pedagogies Reading Group 2018/2019

For 2018/2019 we have chosen the theme of decolonising methods and pedagogies for our readings and annual lecture.

Thursday October 11th (12:30-2pm, room 315, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster)

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, 2012, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 2nd ed., London: Zed Books. (‘Research through imperial eyes’, pp. 44-60 and ‘Colonizing knowledges’, pp. 61-80)

Melz Owusu, ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’, TEDx University of Leeds https://youtu.be/zeKHOTDwZxU

Thursday November 29th (12:30-2pm, room G14, Malet Street building, Birkbeck College — entrance is via Torrington Square)

Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nisanciolu (eds), 2018, Decolonizing the University, London: Pluto Press. (‘Introduction’ and ‘Rhodes must fall: Oxford and movements for change’ by Dalia Gebrial)

UCL students, ‘Why is my curriculum white?’ https://youtu.be/Dscx4h2l-Pk

Thursday January 24th (12:30-2pm, room 315, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster)

Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nisanciolu (eds), 2018, Decolonizing the University, London: Pluto Press. (‘Meschachakanis, a coyote narrative: Decolonizing higher education by Shauneen Pete)

Quetzala Carson, ‘Pedagogy of the Decolonizing’, TEDx University of Alberta https://youtu.be/IN17Os8JAr8

Thursday March 14th (12:30-2pm, room 102, Clore building, Birkbeck College — entrance is via Torrington Square)

Jason Arday and Heidi Safia Mirza (2018), ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy’, Palgrave Macmillan, pages tbc

Thursday May 9th (12:30-2pm, room 315, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster)

Jason Arday and Heidi Safia Mirza (2018), ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy’, Palgrave Macmillan, pages tbc

Summer May Finlay, ‘Decolonizing Universities’, Address to Annual Dinner of the Australian Council of Deans of Education https://youtu.be/qg2iiXeTMZs

Thursday June 20th (12:30-2pm, room 251, Malet Street building, Birkbeck College — entrance is via Torrington Square)

Judy M. Iseke-Barnes, 2008, ‘Pedagogies for decolonizing’, vol. 31 no. 1, pp. 123-148.

If you face any access barriers or require detailed accessibility information, please let us know so we can support your full participation.  If you are new to the group or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  For more information, contact Jennifer Fraser (j.fraser@westminster.ac.uk 020 7900 5000 ext. 68270)