Decolonising Knowledge Production in Global Health & Social Medicine

Jun 10 , 2022 

Hybrid pub­lic sym­po­sium orga­nized by The Anti-Racism Steer­ing Group in the Depart­ment of Glob­al Health and Social Med­i­cine at King’s Col­lege London 

Date: Fri­day 10th June 2022

Time: 10:00 ‑15:30 Lon­don Time (BST)

Loca­tion: hybrid

Room: WATERLOO WBW G/552 (Free Lunch and refreshments)

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The sym­po­sium is open to any­one inter­est­ed in decolonis­ing knowl­edge pro­duc­tion in the high­er edu­ca­tion.  Please reg­is­ter your atten­dance here so that we can order refresh­ments: [ signup sheet]


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There are three cen­tral themes which we hope will guide the Symposium:

Decolonis­ing our Curriculum
Decolonis­ing Research Method­olo­gies and Practices
Decolonis­ing our Ped­a­gogy and Teach­ing Practices

Pro­gramme and speakers

The Decolonis­ing Knowl­edge sym­po­sium is a hybrid event (see pro­gramme below)

A pan­el of guest speak­ers will intro­duce the decolonis­ing cur­ricu­lum and research method­ol­o­gy ini­tia­tives with exam­ples from the glob­al North and South universities.


We are thrilled to have the fol­low­ing insight­ful speak­ers pre­sent­ing at our symposium

Hári Sewell : Hári Sewell is the founder and Direc­tor of  HS Con­sul­tan­cy and a leader in social jus­tice and equal­i­ty. He has held senior roles in the health sec­tor such as exec­u­tive direc­tor of health and social care in the NHS. He has authored many books on equal­i­ty and social jus­tice, includ­ing “work­ing with eth­nic­i­ty: Race and Cul­ture in men­tal health”.   

 Nyaradza­yi Gum­bonz­van­da: is a Zim­bab­wean human rights lawyer with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in con­flict res­o­lu­tion and medi­a­tion. For over two decades, Nyaradza­yi has worked to advance women and children’s human rights with a par­tic­u­lar focus in con­flict regions address­ing vio­lence against women, and repro­duc­tive rights among oth­ers. Over the years, Nyaradza­yi has sev­ered as the gen­er­al sec­re­tary for World YWCA, worked with UNICEF and UNIFEM for about sev­en years and var­i­ous oth­er gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment institutions.

Johan­nah Keike­lame:  Johan­nah is a qual­i­ta­tive researcher with spe­cial inter­est in con­ver­sa­tions on decolonis­ing research method­olo­gies espe­cial­ly on con­duct­ing research among the mar­gin­al­ized and vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion groups. She obtained her PhD in Psy­chol­o­gy from Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­si­ty, in Cape Town, South Africa. Her qual­i­ta­tive doc­tor­al research project explored per­spec­tives and sub­jec­tive expe­ri­ences of peo­ple with epilep­sy and their car­ers in a Black urban town­ship in Cape Town. Her doc­tor­al man­u­script style- the­sis has sev­en co-authored pub­lished peer reviewed arti­cles in local and inter­na­tion­al jour­nals.  After com­plet­ing her PhD, she obtained a Con­soli­doc Award from the Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­si­ty Research, Inno­va­tion, and  Post­grad­u­ate stud­ies and was admit­ted for the post-doc­tor­al research fel­low posi­tion in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy. At the end of her fel­low­ship, she suc­cess­ful­ly pub­lished her most inter­est­ing papers on decol­o­niz­ing research meth­ods in accred­it­ed peer reviewed inter­na­tion­al jour­nals –   Glob­al Health Action and the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Social Research Method­ol­o­gy. She was also invit­ed by Dr Isabelle Uny and Dr Rachel O’Donnell of Stir­ling Uni­ver­si­ty to give a vir­tu­al pre­sen­ta­tion  in their SGSS sum­mer school ses­sion on  ‘decolonis­ing Qual­i­ta­tive research Meth­ods” in June 2021.

Mar­lon Mon­crieffe: Dr Mon­crieffe is a prin­ci­pal lec­tur­er and social sci­ences and human­i­ties researcher at Brighton Uni­ver­si­ty. He is an expe­ri­enced speak­er and writer in decolonis­ing cur­ricu­lum and knowl­edge pro­duc­tion in high­er edu­ca­tion. His research uses nar­ra­tives and bio­graph­i­cal approach­es to explore the themes of decoloni­sa­tion in acad­e­mia and sports­man­ship and bring to light the struc­tures shap­ing cur­ricu­lum design and its impact on equal­i­ty.    


The Pro­gramme

10:00- 10:15 Wel­come from the organisers

10:15–11:00 Johan­nah Keike­lame.  Pre­sen­ta­tion title ‘Dig­ging into issues of pow­er, trust, respect, and cul­ture and how they can inform a  decol­o­niz­ing research process’- A crit­i­cal reflec­tion from fieldwork.

11:00–11-15 Break

11:15–12:00 Nyaradza­yi Gum­bonzvan­da. Pre­sen­ta­tion title: TBC

12:00–12:45 Lunch

12:45–13:30 Hári Sewell- Pre­sen­ta­tion Title: White­ness Cen­tred By Design: Account­abil­i­ty, Meth­ods and Col­lec­tive Action in Decol­o­niz­ing Education

13:30–13:45 Break

13:45–14:30 Mar­lon Mon­crieffe. Pre­sen­ta­tion Title: Decolonis­ing Cur­ricu­lum Knowl­edge through evi­denced-informed research and the pro­duc­tion of teacher CPD materials

14:30–15:15 Ple­nary discussion

15:15 Clos­ing

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