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Decolonising the Curriculum

22 October 2020 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This webinar is free to attend and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for information.
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Decolonisation is a movement that is aimed at addressing the fact that the people who were colonised may still be impacted by colonised structures in their lives.

In psychological terms there is a colonisation of the mind.  In this webinar we will examine how decolonisation can re-appropriate cultural ideas of people that were subverted by colonial history.

It is widely thought that the way we approach our psychology comes from a Eurocentric point of view, which is only one perspective of a world view – this webinar asks what the other frames of reference are.

Let’s look at what is taught, how it is taught, who is taught and what is the purpose of what is being taught. We also need to consider what is missing, what other questions could be asked, whose voice is being heard and whose voice is not being heard.

Decolonisation is not necessarily removing what is being taught presently but it’s creating space and introducing multiple voices, set to enrich the curriculum.

“The responsibility is on psychology is to broaden the discussion in order to be truly universal” Dr Patrick Hylton ( speaker)


16.30-17:00 - Pre-recorded discussion  
17.00-18:30 - Live panel discussion with question and answer  


Dr Patrick Hylton

In addition to his position of senior lecturer at Lincoln University, Patrick has produced numerous articles for publication.

In association with former colleagues Debbie Weekes Bernard and Tina Ramkalawan Patrick created what was one of the first Black psychology modules in the UK in the late 1990’s which was taught at Nottingham Trent University.

One of Patricks most notable works is called "Now that we found love what are we going to do with it"’ It is a narrative understanding of Black identity and  was published in the Theory and Psychology Journal.

Dr Udeni Salmon

Dr Udeni Salmon is part of an interdisciplinary team working on creating a dynamic and interactive web-based platform aimed at accelerating meaningful changes in attitude and behaviour towards diversity, and facilitating inclusive research environments across the sector.

ASPIRE will provide a toolkit, that can appropriately guide and measure the implementation of inclusion initiatives across institutions, linking such measurement with indicators of change in attitudes and culture, and providing recommendations for future and further action.

Udeni’s subject specialisms and research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, Black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery.

Dr Michele Perry Springer

Dr Michele Perry Springer is an educator with 25 years’ experience and many of those years have been with work and support to children young people with learning disabilities.

Michele is also the president of the Association of Black Psychologists and is actively developing significant work within Black communities introducing psychological frameworks based on African traditions.

Michele has worked as an educational psychologist for the past 15 years, working within schools to support the needs of children both in mainstream and specialist settings.

Committed to helping to remove barriers to learning and to narrowing the gap for children and young people who are disadvantaged by their circumstances Michele’s specialism is working with children and young people in care and those who have been adopted.

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