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Second Workshop


Decolonial perspectives on education

April 4 – 5, 2019, NTNU Tråante/Trondheim, Norway

Exploratory workshop organised by DENOR: Decolonial perspectives on education

The research network Decolonial critique, knowledge production and social change in the Nordic countries (DENOR) provides a decolonial perspective on knowledge and education in the Nordic countries. As an articulation between racism, capitalism and patriarchy generated through the processes of domination that became globalized in the wake of colonialism, coloniality (as the legacy of colonial knowledge and relationships, as well as global politics, geopolitics and world-colonial/modern system) continues to produce structures of inequality that render people as non-existent. DENOR addresses coloniality’s social, political, epistemic and ontological production of absences, and their connection to contemporary problems connected to knowledge and education in the Nordic countries, as well as examine how these may reproduce or be complicit with the problems of racism and social exclusion we are facing.

About the workshop

The workshop will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU in Tråante/Trondheim, Norway on the 4. – 5. April 2019. It is the second in a series of three exploratory workshops organised in 2018-2019 with the funding of NOS-HS (Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences). The previous workshop was entitled Decolonizing Knowledge and the next will be entitled Decoloniality, Politics and Social Change.

The theme of the workshop

This workshop aims to discuss how coloniality of power and knowledge informs education in the Nordic region. Education all too often reproduces dominant ideas and historical narratives that render invisible its complicity in and continued dependence upon colonialism and imperialism, and continues rendering specific people’s knowledges and histories as ignorant, residual, inferior, local and non-productive. In the Nordic context, Sami knowledges and languages, as well as those of historic and present ethnic minorities, have suffered from devaluation and eradication through the education system. The workshop seeks to facilitate a conversation between issues in education linked to migrants and their children and issues concerning indigenous people and national minorities, through decolonial perspectives. Researchers working on inclusion, exclusion and challenges to education from these different fields of study are invited to contribute to the workshop. We invite theoretical and empirical work on the coloniality of power in education, present in education systems, policies, curricula, study materials and pedagogies. Education (re)produces coloniality, but also provides important paths to the construction of realistic, albeit not simplistic, alternatives to current globalized problems of racism and social exclusion. Such educational projects are often found outside formal educational insitutions in artistic and activist work that seeks to build anticolonial resistance and knowledges.The workshop explores efforts to challenge coloniality in education, and invites contributions on the pedagogies of absence, conflict, and of solidarity as resources for decolonising education. Furthermore, we invite papers that address strategies and initiatives for decolonising education, including schools and higher education.

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Pigga Keskitalo, Sámi allaskuvla / Sami University of Applied Sciences. http://samas.no/en/user/153

Dr. R.A. Icaza Garza, Erasmus University Rotterdam. https://www.eur.nl/en/people/rosalba-icaza-garza

Lesley-Ann Brown, poet & author of Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son

Thomas Talawa Prestø, dancer and activist. https://tabankadance.com/about-us/artistic-director/


We invite abstracts for the workshop that focus on decolonial perspectives on education. We will prioritize abstracts which engage both with decolonial theories and education in the Nordic region. We will accept both fully developed papers and oral presentations.
The abstracts can be framed in different and even related thematic areas concerning the Nordic countries: knowledge production, the state apparatus, subjectivity, political economy, aesthetics, history, violence, gender, migration, geopolitics, indigenous, racialized and national minorities.

Please submit your abstract of 300 words, no later than the  February 1 at the DENOR website

We will inform you about whether we can include your contribution by the 15th of February.


Most participants should cover the travel and accommodation expenses by themselves. The organisers will be able to provide compensation on travel and accommodation costs to some of the accepted participants. We prioritize PhD students and researchers who cannot receive funding for travels from their department or project. In case you are interested in applying funding to attend the workshop, please send a travel plan with your application.


Sidansvarig: Jenny Meyer|Sidan uppdaterades: 2019-02-01

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