Is your political ecology ‘decolonial’? A praxis workshop at #POLLEN20

Is your political ecology ‘decolonial’? Creating a space for early-career researchers and activists to critically reflect on our praxis

This is a special pre-conference workshop organized by and for early career researchers and activists. The virtual workshop will take place on 21 September 2020 from 3-5pm BST.

Registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8DN9FDB
Deadline to register interest in attending the workshop: 10 September 2020

Over the last few years, student-led movements have demanded a radical transformation of the university, focussing on material conditions and coloniality. Many universities have responded to these demands to ‘decolonise education’ in ways that have co-opted and commodified them, providing toolkits, metrics and tokenistic ‘diversifying’/‘inclusive’ practices. We think it is important that we, as junior researchers and activists, challenge these as well as critically reflect on our own practices.

This session will be a space for Early Career Researchers and/or Activists (ECR/A) to candidly discuss practices and strategies they use (or are contemplating using) to ‘decolonise’ political ecology while in more precarious employment. During the session we will collectively reflect on what it means to decolonise political ecology, related challenges we face as ECR/A and the practices we can use to address them. We will also spend time discussing how we could carry this conversation beyond the session, and what senior scholars/activists can do in support. The session will include a discussion on ways to ‘productively disrupt’ POLLEN20 by drawing attention to its potentially colonial (Eurocentric, extractive, racist, patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist) features.

If you are an ECR/A and are looking for a space to share your concerns as well as your practices and strategies for decolonising political ecology, this is the session for you! As junior researchers ourselves, we are acutely aware of the particular challenges ECR/As face when trying to decolonise this field. We hope this session can be the start of a wider conversation across the POLLEN network!

Please submit expressions of interest in participating no later than 10 September 2020. For logistic reasons, registration will be limited to 30 participants.

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