'The (Im)Possibility of Decolonising the University'

Associate professor
University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019, 16:00

End date

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019, 18:00

Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
Spoken Language
Sara Motta

In this seminar Associate Professor Sara Motta invites a shared dwelling in the (im)possibilities of decolonizing the University.

This seminar will be broadcast live via ISS Livestream

She engages with the recent invitation of the Abolition Collective to think-dream ‘Abolitionist University Studies’ through reflection on how  own journey as a neplantera- scholar inhabiting as a political, ethical and epistemological choice the margins of Academia.

She dwells specifically in this point of neplantera marginality and think-dream through some ways in which this is and can be a site of radical emergent possibilities of other forms of education as life and pedagogy as collective self-liberation through a reclaiming and re-membering of our inner and outer sovereignty.

Discussant: Dr Aminata Cairo, HHS

Suggested Readings

Sara C. Motta (2016) ‘Decolonising Critique: From Prophetic Negation to Prefigurative Affirmation’ in A. C. Dinerstein (ed.) An Other Social Sciences; Women Theorising without Parachutes’ Routledge. (See downloads below)

Abigail Boggs, Eli Meyerhoff, Nick Mitchell, and Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (2019) ‘Abolitionist University Studies: An Invitation’.  Abolition Journal of Politics (See downloads below)

Sara C. Motta (2017) ‘Emancipation in Latin America: On the Pedagogical Turn’ Bulletin of Latin American Research (See downloads below)

Sara C. Motta (2018) ‘Let’s start talking about decolonising love’ Abolition Journal of Politics

About the speaker

Sara C. Motta is a mestiza sobreviviente whose wounding and healing are deeply entangled in the histories of exile and loss, and survival and resilience of her Colombia Indigenous, Polish Jewish and Celtic lineages. She is a mother, storyteller, poet, activist-theorist, and popular educator. She is an Associate Professor in the Politics Discipline at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

She has published widely in academic and activist outlets, including her latest book (2018) Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (Rowman and Littlefield) a decolonising feminist non-manifesto. She is contactable at: sara.c.motta@newcastle.edu.au

More information

This seminar is the first in a series of events organized by the ISS Diversity and Inclusion teamunder the theme Accessibility/Stand up for Diversity!  Through academic seminars, practical workshops and artistic interventions, we aim to promote greater awareness regarding the physical, cognitive and institutional environment in ISS and how this affects a range of differently abled-bodied members of our community.

 Our aim is to identify what we are doing right, and what can be done better, institutionally and individually in order to cater for people with differently able bodies, experiencing various forms of functional impairment.