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This is the last session of the academic year. The session is organised by the guest moderator by Polly Pallister-Wilkins. Together with Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University, and Tobias Denskus, Senior Lecturer Malmö University, she will discuss the topic of decolonising humanitarianism.

Event details of Decolonising Europe #11: Decolonising humanitarianism
Date 2 December 2020
Time 16:00 -17:00

About the speakers

Tobias Denskus is well known in the critical humanitarian/development field as an ex-practitioner turned academic, where he works on issues of white saviourism and voluntourism and the role of social media in perpetuating harmful colonial narratives in aid. He runs the Aidnography blog and can be found on Twitter @aidnography.

Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where she is also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC). Farhana Sultana is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar of political ecology, water governance, post‐colonial development, social and environmental justice, climate change, and feminism. Her research and scholar-activism draw from her experiences of having lived and worked on three continents as well as from her backgrounds in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience. You can follow her on twitter: @Prof_FSultana


About the Series

What is Europe’s place in the world in 2020? Both societal and academic debates have brought up this question. Increasingly, scholars have turned to decolonial studies to rethink Europe’s place and to answer this important question. The call for decolonisation has opened up diverse reactions and debates from various academic disciplines. This online series provides an opportunity for engaging with scholars and academic debates in decolonialism, and to reflect and learn more about a variety of approaches and topics. During the online seminars we will address questions such as:  What does ‘decolonising Europe’ mean? Why and how did the decolonialising research agenda emerge? What new research avenues do decolonial approaches bring? In what ways does decolonial thinking make visible academic and societal issues and topics that have not received adequate attention so far? How can we work with decolonial methodologies and theories in our daily research activities?

The series will cover interventions by academics from institutions around the world to critically engage with our understanding of Europe. There is opportunity to engage with established scholars in this field, explore decolonial literature and research, and to reflect on the broader societal and political stakes of rethinking Europe’s place in the world.

See here the overview of all the lectures (link)

Series conveners: Beste İşleyen and Tasniem Anwar

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