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Decolonizing Academia: Exploring the lived experiences and intersectionalities of students

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Amsterdam United is excited to present our event dedicated to the change we wish to see at the University of Amsterdam. Decolonizing Academia: Exploring the lived experiences and intersectionalities of students is an event empowering students to use their voice to share lived experiences about being a student at the UvA in a space where they can be seen and heard. During the event, we are calling the university in and inviting attendees to learn about the lived experiences of students, professors, academics, and activists on navigating higher education as an ethnic minority.

Through an intersectional perspective, we are holding a showcase focused on decolonizing academic practices at the UvA by exploring how students from all backgrounds experience studying at the university. This event aims to amplify student voices and expand the discussion on the colonial practices we are facing within the institution.

Through collective experiences, we will be curating a visual gallery of student experiences that need to be seen and heard by the UvA! Followed by a presentation by The Decolonization Club , whose aim is to create a safe space for marginalized students at the UvA, along with actively decolonizing the present curriculum.

Following a break, we will be hosting an interactive panel discussion including Dr. Younes Saramifar and Nugah Shrestha MSc. dr. Younes Saramifar is an assistant professor at the VU and interdisciplinary scholar working on violence, body, hope, piety, and ideas of history. Nugah Shrestha MSc is junior lecturer at the UvA and founder of @politice_jongeren .

Programme:

6:30 – 6:35pm | intro

6:35 – 6:45m | gallery walk

6:40pm – 6:55pm | open mic

7pm – 7:15pm | decolonization club presentation

7:15pm – 7:30pm | break

7:30pm – 8:50pm | Panel Discussion

8:50pm – 8:55pm | Closing remarks

Location: Room for Discussion , Central Hall E-building, Roetersstraat 11, 1018WB, Amsterdam,

 

You could find a link for a free ticket here!

 

Open Call for Submissions:

Calling all UvA students & alumni: Amsterdam United is proud to present an opportunity to share your lived experiences as a student at the UvA! Through an intersectional perspective, we are holding a showcase focused on decolonizing academic practices at the UvA by exploring how students from all backgrounds experience studying at the university. This event aims to amplify student voices and expand the discussion on the colonial practices we are facing within the institution. 

 

Through collective experiences, we will be curating a visual gallery of student experiences that need to be seen and heard by the UvA! (Note: You can submit anonymously to ensure a safe space)

Did you:

  1. Write a blog/poem/story about an experience you had at the university and want to share your work?
  2. Want a platform to share your thesis work related to the topic of decolonizing academia, social justice, activism, diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  3. Experience any form of discrimination where you felt ignored and no solution was presented?
  4. Feel silenced, unsafe, and/or unsupported?
  5. Challenge the curriculum/readings and want to share your experience?
  6. Want to share a conversation you had with classmates/professors/faculty surrounding the event topic?

Whether you express yourself as a creator, artist, activist, poet, storyteller, or as an educator, we welcome all creative outlets in which you feel most comfortable sharing in. If you would like to share an experience but are not sure how to express it, we can help provide examples of submitted work and/or help in the creative process. 

Send an email to amsunt@gmail.com with your submissions. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. The deadline has passed (June 15th) but if you strongly feel you would like a platform to share your voice, reach out to us and we will work to carve out the space to amplify your voice.