A Pedagogical Response to Decoloniality: Decolonial Atmospheres and Rising Subjectivity

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Bell, D. 2018. A Pedagogical Response to Decoloniality: Decolonial Atmospheres and Rising Subjectivity. American Journal of Community Psychology. 62 (3-4), pp. 250-260.
AuthorsBell, D.
Abstract

The neoliberal academy is, at its core, an apparatus through which coloniality sustains itself. Despite the academy’s self-promotion as a catalyzing institution that prepares students to become agents of social change and transformation some students and faculty experience it as a crucible of oppression. In this essay I trace the beginnings of a project I was a part of in which I worked alongside students who demanded that a psychology programme in the university be transformed into a force for decoloniality. I reflect on some of the conditions of coloniality that students actively resisted at one college and that exist elsewhere within the university. Juxtaposed against manifestations of coloniality in the university are synopses of student’s experience of them. These synopses provide insight into why students have chosen to resist coloniality in the academy. I also outline a pedagogical response to coloniality that I created given students’ desire for decoloniality. Finally, and with the permission of student artists, two liberation psychology student art projects are included to make visible the rise in subjectivity that becomes possible when a decolonial atmosphere is created within the university.

JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Journal citation62 (3-4), pp. 250-260
ISSN0091-0562
Year2018
PublisherWiley for Society for Community Research and Action, Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/ajcp.12292
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12292
Publication dates
Online05 Dec 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Oct 2018
Accepted26 Oct 2018
Accepted26 Oct 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Wiley. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bell, D. 'A Pedagogical Response to Decoloniality: Decolonial Atmospheres and Rising Subjectivity', American Journal of Community Psychology 62(3-4) pp. 250-260. which has been published in final form at: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12292. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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