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Climate Justice: decolonising decarbonisation: Decolonising the curriculum and the university

Hosted and supported by the School of Fine Art of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges, UAL

Thursday 28 April 2022, 10am — 12 noon

  • Does decolonising the curriculum and the university need leaders? If it does, who should lead?
  • Why does Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education shy away from discussing their entanglement within systems and values of the capitalist markets?
  • What insights from decolonising the curriculum and university apply to decarbonising?

Climate Justice is the point where the movements for decolonization and decarbonization converge. Climate Justice offers a coherent and fair alternative to corporate-technocratic “climate solutions”, such as carbon offsetting schemes on indigenous lands, or mineral extraction for renewable energy, which are transgressing planetary boundaries and compounding the injustices of colonialism.

In the consumer nations, art, design, and communication education are entangled within the systems and values of the capitalist market. Yet they have vital potential to engage and inspire through cultural action and creative transformation.

Access the series webpage

Contribute to the Zine

To complement the series, CHEAD and UAL are producing a zine as a space for experimental and creative responses to the aim of decolonising decarbonisation. We welcome different perspectives and ideas for the convergence between restorative justice and ecological regeneration.

The zine will be in printed and digital versions, and we are inviting submissions as:

  • Written pieces (50 – 300 words) of poetry, creative writing, journalism and reviews
  • Photographs
  • Drawings, paintings, sketches
  • Images of artworks, drama, performance, fashion, film, video

Please share details of this open call with anyone who might be interested in submitting to the zine.

Submit online via: info@chead.ac.uk
Deadline: 5pm Friday 30 June 2022

The opening discussion session on 3rd March 2022 brought together Climate Justice: decolonising and decarbonisation convenors David Cross and Rahul Patel to consider the increasing alignment of decolonisation and decarbonisation.

A recording of the first session with Paul Goodwin, Ramia Mazé and Daisy Pearson is available here.     


28 Apr 2022


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  • Dr Khairani Barokka
    Dr Khairani Barokka

    Khairani Barokka is a Minang-Javanese writer and artist in London. Her work is presented widely internationally, and centres disability justice as anticolonial praxis, and as a key part of environmental justice. Among Okka’s honours, she was a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change, an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow, an Artforum Must-See, UK Associate Artist at Delfina Foundation, and Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence. Currently Research Fellow at University of the Arts London, her books include Rope (Nine Arches, 2017), Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2016), co-edited volume Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017) and her most recent book, Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches, 2021), shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.

  • Janine Francois
    Janine Francois

    Janine Francois is a Black Feminist, writer, producer, curator and academic. Janine is a final year Ph.D student based at Tate Britain and the Bedfordshire University, their research explores ‘safe(r)’ spaces as sites of resistance, disruption and co-production. Janine is currently researching Pan African art and cultural production between the period of 1900 – 1977 with a focus on FESTMAN’66 and FESTAC’ 77.

  • Rahul Patel
    Rahul Patel

    Rahul Patel is a researcher in contemporary art history, history, and theory. He is a Senior Lecturer on the Academic Practice programme at UAL, teaches on the BA and MA Culture, Criticism and Curation programmes at Central Saint Martins and with UAL’s University wide Academic Support team on content development and transformative education.

    He co-curated the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zines1&2.

  • Sethembile Msezane
    Sethembile Msezane

    Sethembile Msezane lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Using interdisciplinary practice encompassing performance, photography, film, sculpture and drawing, Msezane creates commanding works heavy with spiritual and political symbolism.

    Msezane was a UEA Global Talent Fellow hosted by the Sainsbury Research Unit and Sainsbury Centre (2021). She was Mellon Artist Residency Fellow in partnership with Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch and the English Department (2020), she is a National Institute for Human Social Sciences Award nominee (2020), OkayAfrica 100 women 2018 Honoree. Msezane was a TEDGlobal Speaker in Ausha, Tanzania (2017). She was a TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award winner (TASA) (2016). Msezane is the first recipient of the Rising Light award at the Mbokodo Awards (2016).

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