Update and summary from decolonial work earlier this year..
January 2020 saw a collaboration between The Racial Justice Network, Kenyan activists and artivists, the University of Nairobi, African Digital Media Institute and the University of Manchester. Together they curated a programme of events focusing on the decolonisation of education and activisms.
This programme seeks to bring a range of partners together in order to build international solidarity between activists, artists and scholars in Kenya, and their UK counterparts.
Whilst calls to ‘decolonize’ are now commonplace on UK university campuses and activists spaces, the term is at risk of being reduced to a mere buzzword, bereft of historical and socio-political context, and emptied of its radical impetus.
Through the programme of events, we hoped to recapture the radical potential of decolonial thought and action. Given the colonial relationship between Kenya and Britain, and given the decolonisation that Kenyans fought for, this international collaboration enables us to engage in meaningful and generative ways as we seek to explore what contemporary decolonize movements should look like.
The four day series of events were designed as an intervention against the systems of colonial power that structure our places of learning, our existence and ways of living. We are asking: what do colonial legacies look like? What do we learn? How do we build and reinforce decolonial resistances and solidarities across borders.
All of the sessions fed into the DECOLONIAL FRAMEWORK that was made available after the event, for attendees to implement in their educational spaces, workplaces, and in the prospective international network.
See linked TRAILER and the FULL VIDEO here