Our decolonise sociology reading group "The Undisciplined Readers" will be starting on Friday 28th Jan at 12:30- 1:30pm UK. This term we are excited to be collaborating with artists and academics from "Monumentoclasm: workshop in anti-colonial imagination" for this term. We will be meeting bi-weekly to discuss pre-circulated texts. Meetings and Readings Friday 28th Jan (12:30pm) - De... Continue Reading →
Statement of Solidarity with Asian Staff and Students – 04/10/2021
Decolonise Sociology supports and amplifies the following statement from the Race Equality Network in relation to the recent racist attacks in Cambridge. The Race Equality Network stands in solidarity with Asian staff and students at the University of Cambridge, as well as Asian members of the wider Cambridge community, who have increasingly been the targets... Continue Reading →
Meetings Termcard (Michaelmas 2021)
Committee Meetings The committee is chaired this year by Dr Ali Meghji. Meetings in Michaelmas term will take place at the times below via Zoom. These meetings are open to all and we particularly encourage new sociology students to attend. Join our mailing list to receive the zoom links for each session. Thur 14 Oct... Continue Reading →
The Undisciplined Readers (Easter 2021)
Starting in Easter Term, this new reading group will discuss decolonial scholarship from a range of different disciplines. You can find the proposed reading list for the Undisciplined Readers below. If you would be interested in joining this group, or for or more information, please email Iris Pissaride. Literature and Archives Saidiya Hartman (2008) Venus... Continue Reading →
Blackness and Race in Mexico: A Discussion
The SOAS Latin American Society is thrilled to announce our fourth Politics event of the year and our second event of the Black Lives Matter: Latin America series: Blackness and Race in Mexico. The event will take the form of a discussion, primarily led by questions pre-prepared by our hosts: the Society's President and our... Continue Reading →
The Economics of Parasite (26 Nov 2020)
Winner of four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and the Palme d'Or, Parasite touches on the dynamics of exploitation, class conflict, and the internalization of a capitalist subjectivity in the microcosm of a wealthy South Korean home, and a family's attempt to escape its systemic deprivation. On Thursday 26 Nov 2020 at 5pm, the Cambridge... Continue Reading →
The coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement have exposed racial inequalities in new ways. Join the conversation this term about practices in the Department and in Cambridge, as well as following racial justice movements across the globe. [read more]
End Climate Colonialism (Green Week 2020)
This year's Green Week is full of exciting events exploring the historic relationship between capitalism, colonialism, and the climate crisis. These events seek to centre the voices of the communities most impacted by extractivism and climate breakdown, and amplify their demands for justice. We will discuss what meaningful climate justice looks like, and how we... Continue Reading →
Termcard (Lent 2020)
Join us for a term packed full of events, as well as continuing decolonisation work in the department and strategising for the future. We're always looking for new members!
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White Privilege with Prof Kalwant Bhopal
https://youtu.be/XOXKTCSikNU Kalwant Bhopal is a Professor of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly white spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. In this video,... Continue Reading →
Decolonising Politics Presents: Global Intellectual History as Decolonisation?
On the 28th of January (5:30pm, Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School) Decolonise Politics will be hosting a panel with Dr Shruti Kapila, Dr Tom Hopkins, and Dr Tejas Parasher to discuss and question the relationship between global intellectual history and decolonisation. The connection between decolonisation and global intellectual history is not a straightforward one.... Continue Reading →
Slavery and the University: Open Forum
This open forum is an extension of Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa's Undergraduate Sociology paper "SOC 11: Race, Racism and Ethnicity". The event is supported by Decolonise Sociology and will be led by Prof Manuel Barcia from the University of Leeds. Continue Reading →
Dog Years (2017)
Join us on Thurs 17 Oct, 20:00 at the Old Library (Darwin College) for a screening of the powerful documentary film about the 2015 “refugee crisis”, Dog Years, featuring Noam Chomsky. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Rocky Rodriguez, Jr., and Helen Foster, moderated by Cambridge sociologist Dr. Jeff Miley. Continue Reading →
Under the Influence of X
Join poet, playwright, prison activist and Emmy award winner Bryonn Bain and Cambridge Sociologist Dr Jeff Miley for a poetry workshop in Whitemoor Prison on 28 Nov 2019. Followed by a performance and discussion at the University of Cambridge on 30 Nov.
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Termcard (Michaelmas 2019)
Join us for the third session of the Decolonise Sociology Committee on Friday 22 November @ 1pm in Room E (17 Mill Lane) New members always welcome! Continue Reading →
In Conversation with Raewyn Connell (Fri 14 June)
"The higher education industry might seem like it’s booming, with over 200 million students in universities and colleges worldwide and funds flowing in like never before. But the truth is that these institutions have never been unhappier places to work. Corporate-style management, cost-cutting governments, mobilisations by angry students and strikes by a disgruntled workforce have taken their toll — in almost every country around the world. It’s no wonder that there is talk of ‘universities in crisis'."
You can watch this event on YouTube .
Termcard (Easter 2019)
Join us this term to help plan events and strategise for Easter Term! We're always looking for new members to support decolonisation work in the Department and across the University.
Radical Reading Group
A group of PhD students at the Department of Geography have started a reading group to discuss decolonising discourses and methodologies, and to reflect on how research at Cambridge can support decolonisation work. All welcome - not just PhD students and Geographers!
Reading Group (Fri 5th April)
Decolonise Sociology and the Race, Empire & Education Collective invite you to our first joint reading group session, focusing on the life of Angela Davis. The session will be on Friday 5th April from 2-4pm in Meeting Room 1, Department of Sociology, 16 Mill Lane. You can find the readings for this session below. Required:... Continue Reading →
Racism and the University: reflections on the (in)visibility of racism in higher education
The co-chair of the Decolonise Sociology working group - Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa - is giving a presentation at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, focussed in part on the work of this working group. The event description reads as follows: "The purpose of this Seminar is to provide a dialogue on the decolonisation of... Continue Reading →
Angela Davis in Conversation with Jackie Kay
On Tue 23rd April 2019, Decolonise Sociology hosted an historic meeting between novelist and poet Jackie Kay and civil rights activist Angela Davis at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Read more and watch the event here.
Decolonising Sociology Panel
At the "50 Years of Sociology at Cambridge" conference, this panel focused upon the question of what decolonising sociology means; attending to the historical ‘colonisation’ of sociology, as well as how thinkers, systems of thought, topics of study, and geographical areas have historically and presently been excluded from sociology’s canon and periphery. You can watch a video recording of the panel session here.
Termcard (Lent 2019)
Join us this term to get up-to-date on decolonising work conducted so far, and help us strategise for the future! We're always looking for new members to support the work of our subcommittees.
Rethinking State and Nation
On 30th Jan 2018, Professor Gurminder Bhambra delivered a lecture titled "A Postcolonial Rethinking of the State and Nation: From Comparative to Connected Sociologies", which was hosted by the Department of Sociology.
Personal Histories of People of Colour in Cambridge
In this event, organinsed by the Personal Histories Project and Trinity College BME Officer Richelle George, panellists reflected on their histories and experiences to investigate what it means to be a person of colour at the University of Cambridge.
You can watch a video of the event here.