Racism in the University

Week 1 Racism in the University

Curated by Ipek Tureli
Moderated by Valentina Davila

July 6, 2020

Required readings

Nelson, Charmaine A. “Introduction.” In Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada, edited by Nelson, 1-20. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

Davis, Angela. “Angela Davis: An Interview on the Futures of Black Radicalism.” Excerpt from Futures of Black Radicalism ed. Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin. Verso: 2017. https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3421-angela-davis-an-interview-on-the-futures-of-black-radicalism

Davis, Angela. “Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election.” Interview by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, June 12, 2020. https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/12/angela_davis_on_abolition_calls_to

Ahmed, Sara. “Introduction.” In On Being Included Racism and Diversity in Institutional LifeDuke University Press, 2012.

Moriah, Kristin Leigh. “How anti-Black racism on Canadian university campuses robs us all.” The Conversation, July 2, 2020. https://theconversation.com/how-anti-black-racism-on-canadian-university-campuses-robs-us-all-140927

Further readings

Professor Charmaine Nelson’s blog

Nelson, Charmaine A. Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica. Routledge, 2016. In Chapter 2, “A Tale of Two Empires: Montreal slavery under the French and the British,” pages 86-92 are on James McGill’s slaves.

Ahmed, Sara. “Institutional Whiteness,” and  “Institutional Racism,” In On Being Included Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life 33-50.  Duke University Press, 2012.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge, 1994. “Engaged Pedagogy,” p. 13-22.

Davis, Angela. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago, Illinois: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Decolonizing the university & Decolonizing the curriculum

Jansen, Jonathan D., ed. Decolonisation in Universities: The Politics of Knowledge. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019.

Bhambra, Gurminder K.; Gebrial, Dalia; Nişancioğlu, Kerem; eds. Decolonising the University. Pluto, 2018.

“Decolonization” Concordia University CTL webpage. Link
“Tips for decolonizing your pedagogy.” Link

On race and the university in North America, contemporary and historical perspectives

Henry, Frances; James, Carl; Li, Peter S; Kobayashi, Audrey; et al. eds. The Equity Myth Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities. UBS Press, 2017.

Wilder, Craig Steven. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Bloomsbury, 2014.



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