Decolonising/Diversity; the next step?


14.30 - 17.00

Vrije Universiteit HG-05A37

Decolonising/Diversity; the next step?

Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies & WO/Men@VUnetwerk

Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen

Sociale wetenschappen


Diversity has become an important issue of concern at universities and it has been instrumental in keeping the need for inclusion on the agenda. Nevertheless, diversity policies have also been criticised as a mere form of ‘window dressing’ that might refrain from actually addressing power hierarchies based on gender, ‘race’, and class in the academy. The decolonising movement at the University of Amsterdam – and at other universities around the world – has shown us that a deeper understanding of diversity issues is needed. What exactly is wrong with curricula? How to change classroom dynamics to make more students feel at home? How to recognise the ‘coloniality’ of power and gender at work in the academy and to adapt university policies in order to realise inclusion and equality?
These questions seem to draw new voices that claim their part in the choir of academia. What can be done to stimulate these voices to take their rightful place in the dialogue about the future of universities?


  • 14.30: Opening Jeanne de Bruijn (Chair Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies)
  • 14.35: Vinod Subramaniam (Rector Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • 14.45: Sophie Withaeckx (VUB Brussels; Coördinator special issue TvG). Why this special issue?
  • 15.00: Louise Autar (Utrecht University; author special issue TvG). Feeling at home in  the classroom
  • 15.15: Discussion
  • 15.30: Teabreak
  • 15.45: Sruti Bala (Amsterdam University; author special issue). Decolonising the curriculum
  • 16.00: Caroline Suransky (University of Humanistic Studies; author special issue TvG). What do we learn from the international character of the protests?
  • 16.15: Marieke de Hoon (WO/Men@VUnetwerk)
  • 16.30: Discussion
  • 16.45: Closing statement and Drinks