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Critical Thinking: Science and Decolonisation
Course Description:

In what ways is science colonial?

Is science?s coloniality a vestige of past arrangements of power, or is it an ongoing process rooted in a persistently unequal world?

How can a critical understanding of scientific histories inform decolonial futures of knowledge-making?

This short course introduces key concepts from postcolonial and critical race Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as case studies of decolonizing projects.

The aim is to open up a discussion of how we can think about and do science differently.

This session will cover:

  • Narratives about the coproduction of science and colonialism
  • Critical concepts applied to the analysis of science as site of colonial and postcolonial power relations
  • Case studies of science decolonization efforts, as proposed by mid-twentieth century Asian and African intellectuals, and as practiced in recent knowledge-making collaborations with Southern scientists and Indigenous peoples.

  • Objectives:

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss different ways in which science is colonial
  • Critically assess both colonial and decolonizing scientific projects
  • Reflect on how science can be practiced or imagined as decolonial or anti-colonial

  • Intended Audience:
    Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
    30/01/2023 - 30/01/2023  (Enrol between 01/12/2022 and 25/01/2023) Enrol

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