We are a collective of diverse faculty and students who have congregated in hopes of exploring the ways our academic lives have been fashioned as a direct product and by-product of colonialism, settler-colonialism, racial capitalism, patriarchy, and modernity.
We seek to share our experience and knowledge with one another, arranged around issues of colonialism and settler-colonialism, race privilege, gendered hierarchies, cis-heteronormativity and capitalism. However, we also seek to validate, elevate and learn from knowledge practices and creative expressions of communities of color, displaced peoples and marginalized identities. We do this not only to legitimize forms of knowledge and social practices that have been displaced or denigrated by the history of colonialism, settler-colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and capitalism. Rather, we seek to learn from these practices in hopes of recalibrating how the humanities and social sciences work within academic institutions. In other words, the Decolonizing Humanities Project is a project that seeks to produce new forms of knowledge as well as elevate, center, and amplify knowledge, experiences, and epistemologies that coloniality has sought to co-opt, objectify, or eradicate.
We aspire to true transformative collaboration that is not siloed on either side of the walls that separate our university from the community and world. With this in mind, we recognize the power of lived experience, creative expression, the knowledge and memory of our elders and the ways that they themselves have formed our lives today both inside the Academy and out.
To learn more about the project, contact Stephen Sheehi, Faculty Director.