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The languages we speak and the empires we embrace

06 March 2024, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

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Join this event to hear Paula Ambrossi will talk about addressing decolonisation through the gaze of the empire.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Yuxin Su


Room 828
20 Bedford Way

The home of the empire cannot be decolonised. Ignoring the empire’s continuing power is what sustains the colonial gaze and what constitutes decolonisation’s greatest obstacle.

By employing a poststructuralist framework, Paula explores notions of power and knowledge in education through language and the gaze.

She will make use of some of the historical context necessary to understand the spirit and the tragedy of empire, with its language as principal instrument, as well as some of the literary aspects (magical realism and poetry) that have been used to gaze at the colonised and redeem the conqueror.

This in-person event will be particularly useful for researchers and teachers interested in philosophy of education, particularly poststructuralism, and the decolonisation of education.

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with the Centre for Philosophy of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Paula Ambrossi

Lecturer at UCL IOE

Her experience as a modern foreign languages teacher in secondary education, followed by almost twenty years as tutor and researcher in primary teacher education, has allowed her to reflect and write on topics related to foreign language pedagogy and philosophy of education.

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