Global Majority – A Celebration of Decoloniality and Recentring Humanity

Bloomsbury Theatre
27th Oct 2022
£5, £1 concession



Global Majority – A Celebration of Decoloniality and Recentring Humanity
A collaboration between MoHoA and The Bartlett for Black History Month


To mark Black History Month, the Modern Heritage of Africa / Modern Heritage in Anthropocene symposium (MoHoA) at The Bartlett School of Architecture is hosting a celebration of decoloniality and recentring humanity by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, one of the world's leading specialists and speakers on equity and inclusion in education through her advocacy of the Global Majority. As an 'anti-racist, Pan-African paradigm shifter', Dr Campbell-Stephens will speak on the importance of centring the Global Majority in a time of global reckoning, reimagining and resetting.
Rosemary will elaborate on how the exceptional times in which we live, and the systemic implosions that are taking place, require deep transformational thinking that embraces and amplifies the collective knowledge, wisdom, and perspective of the global South within the equitable racial, spatial places that we are intentionally creating. At a time of systemic implosion, environmentally, climatically, politically, economically, spiritually and a global pandemic, 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. She challenges notions of modernity and globalisation that come from a single minority narrative.
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens' book, Educational leadership and the Global Majority: Decolonising Narratives, published by Palgrave Macmillan, focuses on the criticality of centring the 85% who constitute the Global Majority on planet Earth in a time of reckoning, reimagining and reset. Her book in part addresses how the role of Black educators, in changing not just the face but the heart of educational leadership in London schools through 2003-2011, has been written out of the London Challenge narrative. This speaks to the continued neo-colonial eradication of Black and other Global Majority groups' leadership in the transformation of societies.
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE

Rosemary Campbell-Stephens is a keynote speaker in her areas of expertise and passion, namely leadership and decolonisation. She is currently amplifying discussions about how a Global Majority mindset can positively disrupt narratives, by asking questions about the underlying philosophical perspectives that are embedded in our systems, paradigms, ways of seeing and being. To this end, she is developing the Global Majority framework.
She speaks, writes, and delivers on leadership across the globe. She aims to situate the Global Majority at the heart of the conversation rather than 'other' them and their knowledge as so-called ‘minorities’. 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 multi-million 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 Institute of Education, UCL. Investing in diversity became the catalyst for all subsequent leadership programmes addressing the under-representation of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic leaders in England's schools sector. In 2009, a sister programme, Leading for Equity, was launched at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.
Rosemary is an Associate Fellow at the University of Birmingham, School of Education, where the book is required reading. Her 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.

Amani is an Economics and Fashion graduate, and recently acquired her MFA at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. 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).

Age guidance/trigger warnings:

There is no age guidance for the event but members of the public are advised that there topics including but not limited to racism and racial slurs; sexism and misogyny; sexual assault; child abuse; hateful language direct at religious groups (e.g., Islamophobia, anti-Semitism); as well as transphobia and trans misogyny are likely to be discussed.

Running time: approx 2 hours including a post show Q7A

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