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Editor: Yuka Atsuchi
Decolonisation Library Intern ( April 2023 - July 2023)
2nd year Natural Science Student
Here are some methods that have been successfully adopted by Durham academics and other institutions. You can use these examples to think about how your reading list can be decolonised.
1. Find a narrative voice across the worlds
There are so many ways to find marginalised narratives and findings to diversify readings.
Talk with your colleagues and students to find new perspectives
Read blogs and listen to podcast: Citing Africa exploring the global construction and imbalances of knowledge
2. Integrate decolonisation with your teaching modules through case studies
Comparison between different countries is a great way to include different cultures, theories, and people.
Further reading and comparison of case studies from different countries will help students in using knowledge to understand how issues are seen in different countries.
Comparing bridges design and structure between bridges in Durham University and bridges in India or other countries. You might ask questions to students about the reasons for differences in materials, basement structure and structuring process that might be due to climates, cultures and people’s lifestyles in each country.
In all subjects,
3. Look into the history and future of your subject
Who has contributed to the development of your subject and where are they from? How did research in your subject influence people's life and environment across various regions?
Looking back at its history is one of the most effective ways to recognise colonial biases and identify areas or regions where there is a lack of representation, for example, the Global South.
Durham University History Department, Chemistry Department and MLAC departments have been developing modules with historical approaches. Decolonising History and Chemistry module coming in the 2023-2024 academic year.
4. Receive hints and advice
Look into different universities and institution publications across the world. For example, Decolonising the curriculum toolkit Manchester Metropolitan University
Expand your reading lists from your current bibliography and references
Discussing decolonisation with your colleagues and students
Ask your Faculty Librarian for further support
Read about other decolonisation projects by Durham Decolonisation interns
This toolkit is still developing. If you have any thoughts or enquiries, please share with us.