Wednesday, 13 May 2020

16:00-17:30

ESRI Seminar Series 2019/20 - Repair of Higher EducationRepair of Higher Education – decolonization of knowledge and return of an equitable understanding for quality

Brooks Building, Lecture Theatre 1

Dr Su-Ming Khoo, National University of Ireland, Galway

This paper responds to the theme of “Education in Uncertain Times” by considering the dual idea of ‘repair’ – as both a mending of brokenness and a voyage of return for the enterprise of higher education. It suggests that the ‘quality’ agenda for higher education has failed to converge with urgent societal demands to address inequity and social injustice. Current conceptions of quality have reinforced rather than redressed divergent, inequitable and exclusionary tendencies and processes. Drawing on recent collective conversations and experiments in the EADI Convivial Thinking Collaborative and the IRC BCAUSE research project in Ireland and South Africa, this paper discusses the centrality of the knowledge decolonization project and questions of epistemic injustice as non-abstract, practical, problems for everyday collaborative teaching and research work. The paper discusses several experiments in collaborative working and assesses their potential to contribute to renewed and more equitable understandings of ‘quality’ and ‘impact’.

Su-Ming Khoo is a Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology, and leads the Environment, Development and Sustainability (Whitaker Institute) and Socio-Economic Impact (Ryan Institute) Research Clusters at NUI Galway. Her research interests are human rights, human development, public goods, development alternatives, decoloniality, global activism, and higher education. She is Principal Investigator on the Irish Research Council project BCAUSE: Building Collaborative Approaches to University Strategies against Exclusion in Ireland and Africa: pedagogies for quality Higher Education and inclusive global citizenship (IRC-COALESCE).

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