Decolonising the student experience

18 June 2019


Venue: 62 Fieldgate St, Shadwell, London E1 1ES

Organiser: Artem et Populis

Artem et Populis is the artistic alias for Arooj Khan, a seasoned arts practitioner, researcher and impact measurement specialist, with experience of programme design and delivery with and for people facing disadvantage. She is also currently completing a doctorate in Human Geography, whereby her research utilises creative research methods extensively, therefore she is able to design fit for purpose arts focused methodologies to sit alongside more widely used approaches

Universities aren’t made for all students, they have and continue to cater for the white elite. This is particularly demonstrable within Russell Group universities whereby around 75% of students are white. This racial binary is also reflected amongst those who undertake postgraduate degrees and try to carve out a career in academia-according to statistics from 2016/17 out of 19,000 professors only 25 were black women. Given the lack of representation within universities, students of colour are forced to centre their learning on the critical thinking of white academics whilst navigating a space that still denies academics of colour and those from the global south, the representation and voices that they deserve. This talk will consider ways and means in which the student experience can be deinstitutionalised, from safe study spaces to interdisciplinary peer networks.