The Kaleidoscope Network emerged from the DecoloniseUoK project and its Manifesto launched at a conference in March 2019. It has been hosted by Kent Law School Centre for Sexuality, Race & Gender Justice (SeRGJ) under the Directorship of Dr Suhraiya Jivraj who initiated the Decolonising the Curriculum project with her students. The aim has been to provide a space for students and staff of colour to come together with supporters within the university to implement the DtCP Manifesto.
The project has now ended (June 2020). Resources put together by the DecoloniseUoK students, footage of the Stories of (Un)belonging event with rapper, social justice activist and educator Lowkey, and the Decolonising Locke campus walk are available via the links on the right hand side.
If you would like to get started with doing anti-racist work in the university context these principles provide a starting point and step by step guide; listen to the student’s voices in the footage from the 2019 and 2020 conference events and reflect on how you can implement the manifesto.
The DecoloniseUoK Collective book: Decolonising the University: A Kaleidoscope for Empowered Action (Counterpress, 2020) will be out in paperback and to download on a pay-what-you-can basis from 1st October. Available from the publisher: https://counterpress.org.uk/. Download the book here.
The online launch event took place on Thursday 1st October 2020.
It featured a discussion panel between the book co-authors and the African Legal Diasporic Network on the theme of:
Being a Black Student: Reasonings & Teachings
The event was chaired by Professor Emeritus Heidi Safia Mirza.
Watch the event recording here:
Watch Video made by Joy Oluboyega from the DecoloniseUoK Collective authors here.