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What is a decolonial curriculum? Travel bursaries available to participate in a TORCH workshop at Oxford University

Expressions of interest are sought from Early Career Researchers (including Masters and Doctoral students) to participate in the TORCH Humanities & Identities workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum, and to deliver a 5-minute, filmed ‘Soapbox’ presentation championing important (and perhaps overlooked) decolonial or anti-colonial texts.

With funding from the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities & Identities project at TORCH aims to lay pathways and establish precedents for the wider University in posing questions of diversity, identity, decolonisation and restitution. It aims to explore more inclusive and far-reaching ways of academic working, and provide models through a variety of inclusive, outward-directed, democratic forums, including open discussion groups and curricular debates, Global South Fellowships, public readings and master classes, and city-wide ‘Between the Gaps’ exhibitions. 

This workshop is the first in a series of ‘State-of-the-Art’ events that will explore ways to confront exclusion through decolonising the curriculum, and to learn from the experiences of a range of scholars, students, and other stakeholders in the University. There will be a mixture of panel discussions, ‘Soapbox’ presentations of important de- and anti-colonial texts, and interactive activities. Confirmed participants include: poet and scholar Professor Kwame Dawes; Professors Supriya Chaudhuri, Jok Madut Jok, Peter McDonald, and Elleke Boehmer; BBC reporter Anu Anand; and student-activists from Common Ground Oxford. 


We encourage applications from Early Career Researchers across the UK, and reach out to everyone interested in these debates and keen to explore them in an informed, international forum.

We also welcome applications from independent scholars, activists, writers, and artists who can demonstrate scholarly engagement with the text they are proposing to champion. 

We will base our decision on a consideration of the quality of the proposal and with the aim to include a wide variety of texts in the workshop.

How to apply

Please prepare a 2-page expression of interest that summarises a) why you would like to participate in this workshop and how its themes relate to your own work, b) the text you propose to champion and why that text is important, and c) an outline of what expenses you would intend to claim. Email this document to Dr Katherine Collins at TORCH by 28 September 2018, on

By applying you confirm that you are available to attend for the whole workshop, 11:30 – 6pm on Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Key Dates

Deadline for expression of interest: 28 September, 12:00

Announcement of bursary recipients: 15 October

Workshop: 28 November, 11:30 – 6pm

***We will acknowledge all submissions, if you don't recieve an acknowledgement email please contact us again***