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Monday, September 26 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm
(REF 26432) Towards Decolonized Science: Global Policy Dialogue

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Science can be an international, collaborative and objective human endeavor at its best – at its worst; however, scientists have globally exploited and alienated communities, committed or aided in atrocities, and done little to quell the perception of science as a Western achievement.

Discourses in the humanities on decolonizing knowledge – i.e. liberating research and education from colonial biases – have matured over the past years and many scholars undertake anti-colonial efforts. International conferences and networks are being established, and indigenous epistemologies and methods are being increasingly re-focused as subjects of study rather than objects. Yet the idea of decolonized science education and research seems to lag in terms of international presence and recognition.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of scholars, scientists, and activists working to change this. Initiatives, informed by their local histories, focus on different aspects of what decolonized science could look like and which results it should deliver. The aim of this session is to center, summarize, and compare different approaches and goals of initiatives around the globe and if possible, derive ideas for local and global educational and research policies to decolonize science.

By bringing together scientists working on different aspects of decolonization from across the globe, the session sketches what a “global” decolonial paradigm in the sciences could look like. With a better understanding of differences and similarities in approach and practice, various local initiatives can learn from one another during, identify crucial potential for collaboration and explore a common jumping-off point for future conversations around globally coordinated action.

To achieve this, the session is presented in two parts:

In the first part (60 min), the panelists will give back-to-back short talks to introduce themselves and their work, illustrating the diversity of approaches and challenges scientific communities face around the world. Some of the aspects they will address include the following:

- Recognition of indigenous knowledge and expertise
- Curricula and methodologies
- Land use
- Conceptions of modernity
- Citizen science
- Scientific education in schools
- Socioeconomic marginalization, mental health, access to science
- Historical narratives
- Languages
- Funding
- Nature-based solutions.

In the second part (90 min.), the panelists will engage each other and the audience in a moderated discussion on the following broad topics:

- Important similarities and common goals
- Relationship between local histories and the resulting differences in decolonizing work
- Changes in culture and how to affect them
- Necessary policy changes in regards to, for instance, funding, open science, and curricula.

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Samia Chasi

International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)
Dr Samia Chasi is a practitioner-scholar in higher education internationalisation with more than 20 years of experience in this field. She currently serves as Manager Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development and Research at the International Education Association of South Africa... Read More →
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Vincent Mauricio Kadiri

Landecker Democracy Fellow; Mercator Fellow for International Affairs
Vincent Mauricio Kadiri is currently a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs. The fellowship is a postgraduate program to work on a self-directed international topic for a year. Vincent chose to dive deeper into decolonizing science initiatives around the globe and investigates... Read More →

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Chuckie Calsado

PhD Candidate, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
Chuckie Calsado is a high school biology teacher with a specialization on Decolonized Critical Bioethics Education. He has a MAEd major in Environmental Education from the University of the Philippines Diliman and a Master of Bioethics from Monash University. Currently he is finishing... Read More →
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Jorge Moreno Soto

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College
Jorge Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Pomona College, and a theoretical astrophysicist with expertise in galaxy evolution. Prof. Moreno employs high-performance supercomputers to simulate galaxy assembly, has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and... Read More →
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James Poskett

Associate Professor in the History of Science, University of Warwick
My research engages broadly with the global history of science and technology from 1750 to the present day. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and held the Adrian Research Fellowship at Darwin College, Cambridge. I have also held research fellowships at the University... Read More →
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Aline Marcele Ghilardi

Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
I'm a Brazilian paleontologist interested in the paleobiology and ichnology of dinosaurs and other reptiles and how colonial practices have influenced and are still influencing science and our understanding of life and our planet. I'm also largely engaged in science communication... Read More →
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Ocean Mercier

Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Ocean Ripeka Mercier is a Ngāti Porou iwi (East Coast Māori tribe) descendant and is an Associate Professor at Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University of Wellington. Her PhD is in condensed matter physics. In 2005 she took up a Lectureship at the School of Māori studies, after a year... Read More →
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Caleb Mandikonza

Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
Caleb Mandikonza lectures in Life Sciences Education at the University of Witwatersrand.  His Ph.D. was in Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development at Rhodes University. His interests lie in contributing to reflexive practice and professional development... Read More →

Monday September 26, 2022 4:00pm - 6:30pm EDT