Eastern Arc is a regional research consortium that aims to encourage collaboration across the three universities of the greater southeast: East Anglia, Essex and Kent. One area it seeks to encourage joint-working in is race, ethnicity and decolonisation. As part of this, Eastern Arc created a webinar, bringing together staff and students across the three universities involved in issues of EDI, particularly around decolonisation; a recording of three podcasts explaining the background to the decolonisation movement, where universities currently are, and what the future holds, and a ‘community of common interest’ around issues of race, ethnicity and decolonisation, which acts as a directory for those working on research (or other activities) in the area.
- Time, resource and technical skills for recordings.
Available evidence of impact:
- Resource views.
- Shift of attitudes.
- Increasing understanding of decolonisation.
Links to available resources:
- Link to Webinar.
- Community of common interest.
- Podcast: The background to the decolonising the curriculum movement
- Podcast: How white is my curriculum?
- Podcast: The future of the decolonising the curriculum movement
Implementation and potential challenges:
- Committed experts.
- Developing community of common interest.
- Time and resources.
- Buy-in from the university.
- Culture change Engagement.
How to Use:
- Refer to and share Eastern Arc podcasts amongst colleagues.
- Develop a ‘community of practice’ locally or with partners.
- Consider representation within research content.
- Think about how texts are researched, taught, critiqued and how academic literacies are experienced.
- Encourage exploration and deconstruction of the origins of discipline, through curriculum development.
- Allow individuals to explore identity and histories for a collective understanding of discipline.