Global Majority – A Celebration of Decoloniality and Recentring Humanity
27 October 2022, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
A lecture by international expert in equity and inclusion in education Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, in-conversation with Tanzanian artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani.
Modern Heritage of Africa / Modern Heritage in Anthropocene symposium
A celebration of decoloniality and recentring humanity. 'Anti-racist, Pan-African paradigm shifter', Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE will speak on the importance of centring the Global Majority in a time of global reckoning, reimagining and resetting. The talk will be in conversation with Tanzanian artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani
This lecture will explore the need for deep transformational thinking that embraces and amplifies the collective knowledge, wisdom, and perspective of the Global South. Campbell-Stephens questions concepts such as modernity and globalisation that come from a single minority narrative. She argues that returning to the indigenous wisdom of the Global Majority could be the crucible for ethical and sustainable change in a technological age.
This event is a collaboration between the Modern Heritage of Africa / Modern Heritage in Anthropocene symposium (MoHoA) and The Bartlett for Black History Month. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
About the Speakers
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens is a keynote speaker in leadership and decolonisation. She is a champion of a Global Majority mindset, aiming to situate the Global Majority at the heart of the conversation, rather than as the 'other'. By centring more ‘we’-orientated collective models and decentralising individualistic, egocentric, competitive, patriarchal, colonial, linear, top-down models, she proposes transformation on a scale commensurate with the challenge.
As part of the UK government's multimillion pound London Challenge Initiative in 2003-2011, Rosemary developed a leadership preparation programme focusing on increasing the numbers of Black and Asian leaders in London schools, for the UCL Institute of Education. In 2009, a sister programme, Leading for Equity, was launched at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada.
Campbell-Stephens’ book Educational Leadership and the Global Majority Decolonising Narratives, was published in December of 2021 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Valerie Asiimwe Amani
Valerie Asiimwe Amani (b.1991, Dar es Salaam) is a Tanzanian artist and writer whose multidisciplinary explorations of artistic mediums, interrogates the daily translation of body erotics, language, place and memory. Working primarily with moving image, textile, digital collage and text, her works are intuitive interventions that aim to create bridges between the physical and spiritual. Exhibitions include The Main Complaint, at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, Cape Town; Terrains of Possibility at Rele Gallery, Lagos and Boda Boda Lounge at City SALTS, Basel. She has given various talks on Art and Activism including SOAS, University of London with The Royal African society. She is also an art writer focusing on emerging African artists, on Emergent Art Space.
She is the recipient of the 2021 Vivien Leigh Prize for a work on paper, which led to the acquisition of the piece by The Ashmolean Museum. She has been shortlisted for the 2022 Henrike Grohs Award as well as the Dentons Art Prize (2022).