Inwards-Outwards: Exploring the ethics of decolonial research
The debate on decolonizing the ethics of Academic research within the structures of the University has been ongoing for decades. Rooted in notions of social justice, this debate locates ‘colonisation’ at the core of its critique. It challenges the eurocentric culture of education, problematizes the lack of diversity, and takes ‘difference’ seriously. Intrigued by recent contributions to this debate such as, Decolonizing the University and Dismantling Race in Higher Education, this one-day workshop contributes to the debate by exploring the ethics of decolonial research through the university. Keeping a reference to the university conventional procedures, this workshop is structured around two main aspects of decolonizing research; (inward) the institution of the university and (outward) to the field. (Inward) involves the procedures, hierarchies, gate-keepers, visibility, recognition. (Outward) involves the positionalities, accountabilities, responsibilities, decisions, etc. Whereas each of the terms inward and outward cites a directions and a trajectory, the aim is to think of how these critiques could move between the inside and the outside in order to shake the grounds of the colony.

- Professor Jenny Robinson (University College London)
- Dr Lata Narayanaswamy (University of Leeds)

This event is generously co-funded by the University Ethics Research Council (UREC), the Cities, Environment and Liveability Pathway of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (CEL, WRDTP), and the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID).

We encourage participation from Early Career Researchers (ECRs) including PhD students. If you would like to be part of this discussion, we invite you to submit a 150-word abstract no later than 24th May. In your abstract we kindly ask you to brief your experience of decolonising research or interest in the decolonial ethics and how you think your discussion could contribute to our two main themes. Please submit your abstracts to this form.

The workshop will take place at the University of Sheffield from 9.30 am - 16.00 pm on Thursday 27th June. A vegetarian and vegan lunch and refreshments will be provided, and the location is wheelchair accessible. Spaces are limited.

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