Students, teachers, researchers, educational leaders and stakeholders are warmly invited to join the student-led event Burning Questions 2020 at the University of Oulu.
Last year, Burning Questions was successfully launched and gave participants the opportunity to question their educational assumptions. This year’s event aims to examine education through a decolonial outlook.
Colonialism continues to have deep residual effects on many parts of today’s society, from architecture to knowledge production. Therefore, concepts of coloniality and decoloniality are critical to consider in the scope of education. According to Latin American scholar Walter Mignolo, the founder of the term, “Decoloniality means first to delink (to detach) from that overall structure of knowledge in order to engage in an epistemic reconstitution. Reconstitution of what? Of ways of thinking, languages, ways of life and being in the world that the rhetoric of modernity disavowed and the logic of coloniality implement.”
Using Mignolo’s framework, Burning Questions 2020 aims to critically reflect on mainstream Western concepts and perspectives on educational practices and innovations. The event will be composed of participatory, critical and experimental workshops focusing on exploring topics from a more practical and pragmatic perspective. Let’s forget traditional sit-and-listen style of seminars and move towards more engaging workshops.
Participants will explore decoloniality through workshops encompassing learning environments, technology, sustainability, and pedagogy. They will encounter unexpected perspectives which will challenge them to question their worldview and be part of the break-away from colonial patterns.
It’s time to question our fundamental assumptions about education. So please join us in the far North and be involved in the change happening at Burning Questions 2020.
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Last updated: 9.1.2020