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Decolonising the academy: the only way forward: 1

An eye-opener of a sojourn?

My recent visit to Canada, to attend the two largest academic events in political science in francophone and Anglophone Canada, was an eye opener, and a stark reminder of the ways in which racial, socioeconomic and political hierarchies operate in academia. It was also a fulsome confirmation of the ways in which knowledge production takes place in the field of international politics. The near-totality of research work on peace processes, power-sharing, peacebuilding, conflict management, IR theory is, pace a handful of rare exceptions, all done by cis white people in the global North. After a few months of field work in x and y location in the global South, they structure their arguments, present papers at conferences, publish in scholarly journals and academic publication houses, and the knowledge they produce thus becomes the ‘status quo’ knowledge. It is this body of work that serves as ‘the’ reference to their very powerful and influential Western governments, supra-national bodies and, appallingly, to the large majority of governments in the global South. To the so-called urbane, Westernised ‘civil society lobbies’ in countries in the global South (especially in deeply divided societies), the work produced by cis white academics in the global North is, [continue reading here].

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My latest: ‘Serena to Tharjini: The battle for gender justice in sport’, in the #ColomboTelegraph this morning (Sunday 16th September 2018). The spectacular victory of the #SriLankan #Netball Team at the 2018 Asian Championships, is a feat that demonstrates the power of women in sport in Sri Lanka, who face high levels of systemic discrimination, due to ways in which women in sport are perceived in a highly cis-hetero-patirarchal system. This article discusses some aspects of challenges facing women in sport, highlighting comparative perspectives [especially the racist and misogynist treatment of Serena Williams at the 2018 #USOpen] and the importance of taking stock of #intersectional oppressions that hinder the emergence, success, access to facilities and recognition of women in sport. #lka #WomenInSport #PowerWomen #Sheroes #TharjiniSivalingam #ChathurangiJayasuriya #SusanthikaJayasinghe #SerenaWilliams #SystemicDiscrimination #DismantlethePatriarchy #globalChallenges Image credits: ©Straits Times & bakamoono.lk. Link to the article: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/serena-to-tharjini-the-battle-for-gender-justice-in-sport/
#SriLankaIsNext The #Indian #SupremeCourt has issued a landmark judgement on Section 377 in the Indian #penalcode. This is an achievement not of NGO industrial work, but of tireless grassroots activism by hundreds of thousands of people. To us in #srilanka🇱🇰, this momentum is a tremendous occasion to reinforce our campaigns towards repealing #article365 of the#SriLankan Penal Code. Click here to read a #ColomboTelegraph report: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/india-says-yes-to-love/ #lovewins #yesequality #sogiesc #Lka #SriLankan #lgbtqi #repeal365 #repeal365a #movementbuilding #southasia #genderjustice #colombo #queersrilanka
The #Belfast blaze. A building originally built in 1785, right in the middle of the city centre, that housed Primark. This morning’s remains of this iconic building, if anything, is living proof of the principle of impermanence, which at the end of the day, is the central essence of all life and all things material. #belfast #bankbuildings #anithya #ni #ireland #augustmorning
It was so lovely to see My Queen, the one and only @willettafleming tonight. Willetta is an amazing poet, visionary and role model. Tonight showed the power of black women leading the way, and black queens coming together. I was humbly privileged to be part of the #CircleBack poetry night. #Queen #BlackGirlMagic #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLove #willettafleming #Belfast #lka #WoC #QTBiPoC #BlackBelfast #Ireland
It was such a pleasure to be part of this fantastic event #blackgirlmagic #blacklove #blacklivesmatter #WillettaFleming Chapeau to @willettafleming for her excellent organising. #poetry #belfast #northernireland
#Palestine solidarity lunch with my girls. This is what I like about #feileanphobail #feile2018 there’s a really genuine sense of solidarity here, and despite the gap between the lived experience of the Troubles in #Ireland and the hugely destructive magnitude of the plight of the #Palestinian people, there is a sense of understanding. #solidarity, in the times we live in, is extremely important and vital for our collective survival. #belfast #feile #ireland #palestine #pride #queer #pride2018 #feile2018 #lka #westBelfast #belfast #peacebuilding #fightAgainstInjustice #JusticeForPalestine

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