ReadNUS Issue 37

OCT 2021 | ISSUE 37
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Decolonising knowledge has been an important process that has occured over the past decades. Decolonising knowledge and institutions that produce knowledge such as universities does not mean discarding knowledge produced in the west such as the works of Nietzche or Engels. Decolonising universities is about de-centering Eurocentric knowledge production. Ideas challenging and remaking knowledge that was rooted in imperial ideas about knowledge and learning emerge as well. In this week’s issue, we introduce four interesting books to understand themes around decolonising the university.

This Week’s Reads:
Decolonising the University

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This article responds to the contemporary debates in UK higher education about the need to ‘decolonise the curriculum’, with particular attention to the implications for the discipline of history.

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This paper argues for an understanding of Judith Butler’s concept of gender performativity and Kimberle Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality as decolonial methodologies.

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This paper engages with Mudimbe’s concept of the ‘colonial library’ with the aim of using this engagement to contribute to current debates about decolonising South African university curricula.

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Colonial history of libraries, as extensions of education institutions is discussed, followed by a look at how library and information science (LIS) curriculum falls short in preparing students for working with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous resources.
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Ancient Stories Retold

Reader, Come Home – How does digital culture affect the way we read?

In this article, Abigail discusses the insights provided by Maryanne Wolf and the pertinent implications of the decline of reading within societies today. In the article she reflects on her inability to concentrate on reading before she picked up this book:

“But why? Why has it been such a struggle to concentrate on something I used to love? Maryanne Wolf’s Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World gave me the answers I sought and more. This book was recommended during my internship programme as a way to understand the impact our digital culture has had on the reading habits of the local readership. But I didn’t expect to come out of it with a steadfast desire to read at least thirty minutes a day.”

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Orientalism's Interlocutors

What Makes a Story Scary? – Our Editorial Director, Shannon Ling explores the suspense and horror found in books exemplified in Young Goodman Brown.

Shannon writes:
“With Halloween and the spooky season coming up, Young Goodman Brown (YGB) by Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the first few stories to come to my mind. I remember feeling rather uneasy upon finishing it, pondering over a myriad of unanswered questions. Whether it was the haunting images or the inconclusive ending, something about the story left a strange feeling in me. Hawthorne is a master of drawing up enigmatic images, while leaving them ambiguous enough for the reader to fill in any (narrative) gaps.”

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