Decolonising the curriculum

Despite decades of postcolonial, Indigenous and feminist research, dominant Northern knowledge continues to claim universality across time and space in many academic disciplines and continues to ignore geopolitical power struggles over knowledge. Catherine Manathunga discusses Southern interrogations about time, place and knowledge and what they offer us in terms of decolonising the curriculum and southernising SOTL. Professor Catherine Manathunga (PhD) is a Professor of Education Research in the School of Education at The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. She is the co-leader of the USC Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group. She is an historian who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector. Catherine has current research projects on doctoral education; academic identities and the history of universities in Ireland, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her book, Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge, was published in June 2014 by Routledge. Catherine has also co-authored monograph on educational history, A class of its own: a history of Queensland University of Technology; co-edited an oral history monograph, Making a place: an ral history of academic development in Australia and a two volume co-edited collection on academic work for the Palgrave Macmillan series Critical University Studies called Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: seeing through the cracks (Vol. 1) and Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: prising open the cracks (Vol. 2) and has published a substantial volume of peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles in international edited collections and international, Australian, Irish, American and British journals.  Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, DFAT Australia China Council, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Ako Aotearoa (NZ Centre for Tertiary Education), Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Nagoya University Japan, Hiroshima University Japan and industry partners.  She has jointly won a number of University of Queensland and Australian national teaching awards for programs that enhance research students’ learning.  She is the co-leader of the USC Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group and has had lengthy experience in working with culturally diverse and Indigenous peoples in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and in other international locations. She has acted as an educational consultant to many other universities in Australia and internationally.

 

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