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Decolonising the reading list: working towards an anti-racist university

Monday 17/01/22  12:00 – 13:00

 Microsoft teams 

What do we mean by decolonising the reading list? Why is this necessary and what steps can we take to effect change? This workshop provides a safe space to discuss these questions and offers practical, co-creative tools to kick-start reading list analysis and enable discussions around why lists look as they do. Followed by suggestions of how to broaden potential sources contained within reading lists, these actions can contribute to the formation of re-imagined, decolonising reading lists that better reflect our academic community and contribute to building an anti-racist pedagogy.

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Any queries,  please contact Kaye Towlson: 

Let’s Talk about Race: Exploring race, culture and identity through literature

Dr Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University 

February 24th 2022, 13:00 – 14:00  

Microsoft Teams 

Dr Karen Lipsedge is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Senior Learning and teaching Advisor (EDI) at Kingston University, London. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with a main focus on 18th-century literature and culture, Black and Asian British literature and culture, and academic writing skills. As a Senior Teaching and Learning Adviser for Access, Participation and Inclusion, she leads two University projects: the Writing and Oral Skills (WOS) Project, which helps students to enhance academic writing and speaking skills, and the Kingston University Reading Group (KURG) Project. The KURG uses shared reading and discussion to help students, staff and members of the local community to discuss topics such as race, culture, diversity and inclusivity. 

In this session Karen will discuss her work around using literature as a vehicle for exploring, experiencing and discussing race, culture and identity. She will present the context of her work, the need for open and insightful discussions around race, culture and identity and to facilitate opportunities for those meaningful and courageous conversations. She will then offer the chance to engage with a reading group experience offering literature and a space for individuals to share their response, meaning and experience within the context of exploring race, culture and identity. 


To book a place please go to   

Any queries, please contact Kaye Towlson (