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Module Reading List

Decolonial Approaches, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Stuart Green
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General introductory texts

Bendix, Daniel, Franziska Müller and Aram Ziai (eds.) (2020), Beyond the Master's Tools? Decolonizing Knowledge Orders, Research Methods and Teaching (Rowman and Littlefield)

Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nişancıoğlu (eds). (2018). Decolonizing the university (Pluto Press)

Mignolo, Walter (2011). The darker side of Western modernity : global futures, decolonial options (Duke University Press)

Rhodes Must Fall Movement, Oxford ; edited by Roseanne Chantiluke, Brian Kwoba and Athinangamso Nkopo (2018). Rhodes must fall : the struggle to decolonise the racist heart of empire (Zed Books).

Tuck E and Yang KW (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1(1): 1–40. Available online here

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Stuart Green's lecture and seminars (Week 1)

Bhambra, Gurminder K. (2014), ‘Postcolonial and Decolonial Dialogues’, Postcolonial Studies, 17.2, pp. 115-21.  

Evans, Lucy (2008), ‘The Black Atlantic: Exploring Gilroy’s Legacy’, Atlantic Studies, 6.2, pp. 255-68.

Gilroy, Paul (1993), ‘The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernity’, in The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London: Verso), pp. 1-40. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva    

Lebron, Christopher (2015), ‘Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic’, in The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, ed. Jacob T. Levy (Oxford: Oxford University Press). [n.p.].

Patterson, Tiffany Ruby and Robin D. G. Kelly, (2000), ‘Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World’, African Studies Review, 43.1, pp. 11-45.

Wright, Michelle M. (2015), ‘Introduction. Many Thousands Still Coming: Theorizing Blackness in the Postwar Moment’, in The Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage (Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press), pp. 1-36.     

Wright, Michelle M. (2006), ‘What Is Black Identity?’, Cahiers Charles V, 40, pp. 135-51.

Zeleza, Paul Tiyambe (2005), Rewriting the African Diaspora: Beyond the Black Atlantic’, African Affairs, pp. 35-68.  

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Nina Wardleworth's lectures and seminars (Weeks 2 and 3)

Sara Ahmed, (2012), On being included: racism and diversity in institutional life (Duke University Press) - Conclusion (ebook) 

Inclusive Citation

Maha Bali, 'Inclusive Citation: How Diverse Are Your References?' (blog),  

Zoe Marks, 'No reading list is perfect' (blog), 

Carrie Mott & Daniel Cockayne (2017) Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement’, Gender, Place & Culture, 24:7, 954-973, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1339022

Rachel Pells, 'Understanding the Gender Gap in citation' (opinion)

Victor Ray, The racial exclusions in scholarly citations (opinion)

Researcher Positionality

David Coghlan & Mary Brydon-Miller, (2014). The SAGE encyclopedia of action research . SAGE. - See entry on Positionality (ebook) 

Dovey, Lindiwe, 'On teaching and being taught: Reflections on Decolonical Pedagogy', Parse Journal -, 11 (2020)  

Holmes, Andrew Gary Darwin. “Researcher Positionality - A Consideration of Its Influence and Place in Qualitative Research - A New Researcher Guide.” Shanlax International Journal of Education, vol. 8, no. 4, 2020, pp. 1-10.

Robyn Mitchell, (2020). Vénus noire : black women and colonial fantasies in nineteenth-century France . The University of Georgia Press - Please read preface.


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Thea Pitman's lectures and seminars (Weeks 4 and 6)

Core Readings for Classes

Lecture 1: Introduction to Indigenous Research Methods

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai (2012). Chapter 8: 'Twenty-Five Indigenous Projects', Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples, 2nd edn (Zed Books), pp. 143-64. [First published 1999] Available online  

Seminar 1: Collaborative Research with Indigenous Communities

Read one of the following:

Martíez-Herrera, Gonzalo, Irma Trejo, Ana I. Moreno-Calles, María Fernanda de Alba-Navarro, and Andrea Martínez-Ballesté (2021), ‘Knowing the Clouds through the Land: Perceptions of Changes in Climate Through Agricultural Practices in Two Nahua Indigenous Communities’, Journal of Ethnobiology, 41:3, Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Impacts,  

Tobias, Joshua K., Chantelle A.M. Richmond, and Isaac Luginaah (2013), 'Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Indigenous Communities: Producing Respectful and Reciprocal Research', Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 8:2,    

Koster, Phonda, Kirstine Baccar, and R. Harvey Lemelin (2012), 'Moving from research ON, to research WITH and FOR Indigenous communities: A critical reflection on community‐based participatory research', The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien, 56:2, 195-210,

Cochran, Patricia A.L., Catherine A. Marshall, Carmen Garcia-Downing, et al. (2008). 'Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Implications for Participatory Research and Community', American Journal of Public Health, 98:1, 22-27,   

Lecture 2: Indigenous Curatorial Practice

Pitman, Thea (2021), 'Curadoria indígena e comunalidade coeva', Lugar Comum, 59, A copy of the final draft in English is available for you in the folder for this class.

Pitman, Thea, and Sebastián Gerlic, dirs. (2019). Occupy MAM! (7:30 mins), (Portuguese with English subtitles). 

Seminar 2: Co-authorship with Indigenous Community Members

Read the following (short) article:

Kariri-Xocó,Idiane, Nhenety Kariri-Xocó, Diane Nelson and Thea Pitman (2020), 'A retomada da língua Kariri-Xocó / Reclaiming the Kariri-Xocó Language', Cadernos de Linguística, 1:3, 1-13, 2020, A copy of the final draft in English is available for you in the folder for this class.   

And read one of the following articles/blog posts:

Velasquez Runk, Julie (2014). 'Enriching Indigenous Knowledge Scholarship via Collaborative Methodologies: Beyond the High Tide’s Few Hours', Ecology and Society, 19:4,

Castleden, Heather, Vanessa Sloan Morgan and Aelita Neimanis (2010), 'Researchers' Perspectives on Collective/Community Co-Authorship in Community-Based Participatory Indigenous Research', Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 5:4,

Okune, Angela (2019). ‘Decolonizing Scholarly Data and Publishing Infrastructures’, Africa at LSE, blog, 29 May,

Andy (2017). ‘Must we decolonise Open Access? Perspectives from Francophone Africa’, journalologik, 8 Dec.,

Further Reading Suggestions

Connell, Raewyn (2007). Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science (Cambridge: Polity).

Magnat, Virginie (2012). 'Can Research Become Ceremony? Performance Ethnography and Indigenous Epistemologies', Canadian Theatre Review, 151, 30-36,

Mignolo, Walter D., and Catherine E. Walsh (2018). On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis (Durham, NC: Duke UP).

Rivera Cusicanqui, Silvia (2020). Ch'ixinakax utxiwa: On Practices and Discourses of Decolonization (Cambridge: Polity Press).    

Santos, Boaventura de Sousa (2016). Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide (London: Routledge).

Wilson, Shawn (2008). Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods (Halifax, NS: Fernwood).  

Vizenor, Gerald (1999). Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance, 2nd edn (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press).

Younging, Gregory (2018). Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples (Canada: Brush).  

Background Material: Indigenous Contemporary Art

Nagam, Julie, Carly Lane, and Megan Tamati-Quennell (Eds.) (2020). Becoming our future: Global Indigenous curatorial practice (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring).  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (RM 10/02/2021)   

Igloliorte, Heather, Julie Nagam, and Carla Taunton (Eds.) (2016). Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital, special issue of Public: Art, Culture, Ideas, vol. 27, no. 54. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (RM 10/02/2021) 

Loft, Steven, and Kerry Swanson (Eds.) (2014). Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press).

Graham, Beryl, & Sarah Cook (2010). Rethinking curating: Art after new media (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

Background Material: Indigenous Language Revitalisation

Greymorning, Neyooxet, ed. (2019). Being Indigenous: Perspectives on Activism, Culture, Language and Identity (London: Routledge).

Stebbins, Tonya, Kris Eira, and Vicki Couzens (2018). Living Languages and New Approaches to Language Revitalization Research (New York: Routledge).

Coronel-Molina, Serafín M., and Teresa L. McCarty (2016). Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas (New York: Routledge).

King, Kendall A., Natalie Schilling-Estes, Lyn Fogle et al., eds (2008). Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press).

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Arunima Bhattacharya's lectures and seminars (Weeks 8 and 9)

Ethnography and Autoethnography Key concepts: 

Essential reading:

Francesca Gilbert (2020), The Illusion of Progress: An Ethnographic Exploration of Racism, Trauma and the Academy, Journal of Impact Cultures,   

Elizabeth Murphy and Robert Dingwall ‘The Ethics of Ethnography’ in Paul Atkinson et al (editors) The Handbook of Ethnography (2001) Sage Publications  

Further Reading:

Clare Harris and Michael O’Hanlon (2013) The Future of the Ethnographic Museum, Anthropology Today,  29: 1.    


Essential reading:

Mohan J. Datta and Ambar Basu, Negotiating our Postcolonial Selves from the Ground to the Ivory Tower in Stacey Holman Jones et al (editors) Handbook of Autoethnography (2013) Routledge  


Decolonising the Museum: 

Essential reading

Rachael Minott, The Past is Now: Confronting Museums' Complicity in Imperial Celebration, 33.4-5, Third Text. pp. 559-574   

Nicholas Thomas, (2010) The Museum as Method, Museum Anthropology  

Podcast: BBC Sounds, Free Thinking: The 2019 Frieze Free Thinking Museums Debate  

This list was last updated on 18/10/2021