SECL workshops and Inspirational Speaker events this week

Monday 7th to Thursday 10th October 2019

The School of European Culture and Languages are hosting three fantastic workshops this week.

On Monday 7th October, from 12.30–2pm in Cornwallis East seminar room 2, Laura Bailey, Manoela Carpenedo, Philippa Moreton and Rebecca Ogden will engage you in playing a board game (developed by the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom Collective). The game allows you to see university from a student’s perspective, and discuss practical solutions to the issues raised by the student voices in the game.

Click on the link to Eventbrite invitations The Student Journey Game, or just turn up!


On Wednesday, (9th October), Dr Onyeka Nubia will be presenting his workshop, Repopulating and decolonising historiography (suitable for all disciplines!) from 2–4pm in Templeman Lecture Theatre. Onyeka, a historian, author and TV presenter, will encourage us to think deeply about what it means to decolonise the curriculum. This workshop will be ideal for people who have already begun thinking about doing this for their own modules or in general, and have either identified questions or are unsure about the issues that might be raised. Decolonisation is a big, tricky process and it flings up some difficult questions for us to try to answer. These will be discussed in a supportive and thoughtful way. The workshop may be of more practical interest to teaching staff, but professional services and research-only staff are also very welcome to attend.

Book your places here: Repopulating and decolonising historiography

Later on Wednesday, from 5–6pm in Templeman Lecture Theatre, Onyeka will also give a talk which is open to all staff and students, as the first in this year’s SECL Inspirational Speakers series. In ‘Beyond our imagination’, Onyeka will explore Britain’s black past. Please do encourage students to attend this talk!


Finally on Thursday (10th October), Lisa Shoko, will discuss How to be a good ally. This session for staff will take place from 1.00-2.00pm in Cornwallis East seminar room 2.

Based on Lisa’s research in conjunction with the Kaleidoscope Network, Kaleidoscope Hub, and Decolonise the Curriculum, she will talk us through common fears and responses to being a better anti-racist, and discuss practical strategies for use in discussions in the classroom and elsewhere.