Decolonising the Curriculum

Belluigi, D. (Invited speaker), Hamsavani Rajeswaren (Invited speaker), Malhotra, A. (Chair)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


This talk was part of the Public History discussion series, with two invited panellists asked to speak about ‘decolonising the curriculum’ for those working with History as a discipline. It was conducted online on the 25th of October 2020.

Hamsavani Rajeswaren is a passionate social justice activist, and has spent her time as an international student in the student movement focusing on liberation campaigns. Previously, she served two-terms as Vice President for Equality and Diversity at Queen's Students’ Union. In her time at Queen's, she ran the first Black History Month campaign across Ireland and pioneered conversations on decolonisation and the BAME Attainment Gap at an institutional level. An award-winning activist, Hamsavani's work focuses on platforming minority groups on a local and national level, leading on conversations of anti-racism, decolonisation, intersectionality, reproductive justice, and feminism. She is currently a board member of Alliance For Choice. Follow Hamsavani on Twitter: @Hamsavani_

Dina Zoe Belluigi’s work relates to the agency and ethico-historical responsibility of artists and academics in contexts undergoing transitions in authority and in the shadow of oppression. Shaped in part by her experiences as a practitioner in creative arts education, later in academic development in her country of South Africa, and more recently through collaborations with those in women’s studies in India and displaced Syrian academics in Turkey - she is concerned with the complex conditions which may enable the development of artists and academics as critical consciousness within their institutions and countries. She is committed to the growth of pan-African and international networks for advancing Critical University Studies, where committed scholars, practitioners and policy makers across the globe actively pursue an emancipatory imagination for the future university. She is a colleague at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work here at Queen’s, and is a research associate at Nelson Mandela University. Follow Dina on Twitter @DZBelluigi

The session was chaired by Ashok Malhotra, an academic in History at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Period25 Oct 2020
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • decolonisation
  • higher education
  • South Africa
  • settler colonialism
  • history