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Decolonising the academy: the only way forward: 1

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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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This refereed article focuses on an eventful episode of politics of Labour Representation in Northern Ireland. Writing about politics of the left in Ulster was indeed a very exciting experience. It was an effort, albeit incomplete and parsimonious, to document a time of much political excitement among party members and some of Northern Ireland Labour's most committed activists. This article is also one that provides testimony to the commitment of a group of people in Northern Ireland to genuinely work towards cross-community consensus, and move beyond zero-sum sectarian politicking [which has for many months brought Stormont to a standstill]. Writing this article began during a very busy time, right in the middle of my mandate as Northern Ireland Labour's LGBT+ Officer/EC Member. Its completion marks my own 'moving on' within politics of the left and advocacy of social and very especially gender justice, developing further critical perspectives on what could be broadly termed 'politics of the left'. This article, needless to say, is also an example of what I call 'reverse' area studies - as in, a person with their roots in the global South immersing herself in the politics of a deeply divided society in the global North. My thanks go to the many friends in the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and in the province's Labour mouvement for their friendship, critical discussions, arguments, disagreements and wisdom. Very special thanks go to a distinguished party senior, Comrade Sam R. Gibson, Chair of the Labour Party's North Down Branch, and a co-convenor of Save Our Services Northern Ireland, for his insight, wit, and decades-long commitment to inclusive politics in Northern Ireland. All errors and shortcomings remain mine. #PoliticsOfTheLeft #NorthernIreland #Ulster #NorthOfIreland #Labour_Representation_in_Northern_Ireland #LPNI #NILRC #RightToStand #CLRNI #SamGibson #lka #PoliticalParties
Last Thursday, it was a pleasure to be part of a ‘first’ in Sri Lanka. I had the great pleasure of delivering the inaugural ‘Pride Speech’ co-hosted #ERP #Chathra and #CWDF. #lka #genderjustice #homecoming #reprojustice #SriLankan #politiquederassemblement #criticalperspectives Photo credits: Chathra/ERP
Some snapshots from my talk at the Decolonial Platform @universitycollegedublin on Tuesday 10th April 2018. This talk led to a stimulating discussion on decolonial épistémologies, managing professional relations within the academy, the work to be done in the global south, white privilege in the academy, new approaches to knowledge production and much more. #decolonize #knowledgeproduction #dublin #ucd #ireland #lka #chamindraweerawardhana #internationalism #globalengagements
New publication/vient de paraître : discussion on a #Transfeminist perspective on development work in the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies #genderjustice #developmentResearch #WorldPolitics #chamindraweerawardhana #lka #ireland #sibeal #womenInpolitics #scholaractivist #internationalism #globaloutreach
Intervention à l’université du Québec à Montréal - @uqam -le jeudi 22 février 2018, organisé par le Réseau québécois d’études féministes. J’ai surtout souligné ce que signifie les « solidarités transféministes » pour nos luttes féministe-intersectionnelles collectives. #femmeraciséeUniversitaire #chamindraweerawardhana #solidaritéstransféministes #AuDelàduBinaire #montreal #québec #canada #lka #internationalisme #srilanka #afroféminisme #transféminisme #sudSglobalS #RéQÉF je suis également intervenue lors d’un cours de 2ème année de bac (licence en France), où j’ai appuyé sur les mêmes enjeux.
Rencontre inaugurale de la série des conférences de l’an 2018 organisée par la chaire de recherche Canada PolEthics de l’université de Montréal. Mon intervention portait sur les enjeux transféministes , tel que je conçois le transféminisme - profondément influencé et guidé par les discours afroféministes, des féminismes indigènes etc. Ce fut un privilège de partager l’estrade avec Mme la professeure Agnès Berthelot-Raffard #transféminismes #solidaritéstransféministesinternationales #solidaritéstransnationales #montreal #lka #transpolitics #justice #equality #representationMatters #ChamindraWeerawardhana #AgnèsBerthelotRaffard #canada #îledelaTortue

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