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Decolonising DMU: Events

Forthcoming Events

Kimberlin discussions series: Read and listen to debate

Monday 19th April 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 

Meet in Microsoft Teams 

Please read and consider the following in terms of your practice, our service and the student experience:  

Bullen, Pauline, E. (2012) The continued relevance of “Teaching to transgress education as the practice as freedom”, Journal of College Teaching and Learning, vol. 9 (1), p21-26

Goessling, Kirsten P. (2018) Increasing the depth of field: critical race theory and photovoice as counter storytelling praxis. The Urban Review, vol.50, (4), p 648-674

Both available via Library Search

You are invited to watch the following:

Femi, Caleb (2020) Caleb Femi reads from the six, Waterstones [Online] Available from

Accessed 1/3/21

Femi, Caleb (2018) Coping [Online]. Available from :  Accessed 11/3/21

Femi, Caleb (2016), Coconut oil, Sofar, [Online] Available from:  Accessed 11/3/21

Interested? Join the discussion, book your place via  

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Reflections of an Asian Football Casual

Riaz Khan, Author, Playwright, Lecturer (DMUIC) & Leicester College

Tuesday 2/3/21 12:00 – 13:00

Interested? To book a place contact

Riaz Khan describes this session:

This session will discuss my lived experience as a young man living in Leicester during the troublesome times of the National Front and racism. Growing up we faced many hurdles due to our ethnicity. Whether it was at school, on our estate, or in the workplace. As a young lad I never fitted in. In Leicester most of us live side by side but this wasn’t always the case. Asians were very traditional, and this reflected onto the community through clothing, music and mannerism. We had this notion that our hosts would welcome us with open arms into the wider society. Yet this was not the case in most as we were met with fierce opposition from the indigenous population. Ideas of an Asian takeover were plastered all over the media and certain political figureheads embedded these thoughts. So how did a young Asian man try and become part of the wider community? People talk about integration but for me, and others, we had to assimilate to be accepted. We had to dress like them, talk like them, act like them to have a sense of belonging and this was done through the Casual sub-culture.

I wrote a book after seeing the rise of the far right on the terraces. I wanted to disrupt these stereotypes about Asian men, predominately Pakistani men. I wanted to educate them through my own upbringing and how I as an Asian youth assimilated and became part of a subculture that I believe broke down many racial barriers, more than any political leader, religious leader, famous personality has ever done. From this book stemmed a theatrical play at the Curve Theatre which was funded partly by DMU. Many people from all walks of life and varying backgrounds came to see it and in the 10 or so years the theatre has been open they have never seen a diverse audience as the ones that watched the play. In addition, I have a bit of a social media presence where I have used my experiences to try and dispel negative comments or posts about the BAME communities in the UK. I have changed some mindsets of the Far Right through mainly actions and displaying how BAME communities are active within the wider community. 

Meeting in Microsoft Teams

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How to Decolonise Writer Education: Megaphone

Leila Rasheed, Royal Literary Fund Fellow  

De Montfort University Leicester

Monday 8/2/21 12:00 – 13:00 

Meeting in Microsoft Teams 


Leila will describe and discuss the process of creating and developing a successful writer education project. Megaphone  has just received increased Arts Council England Project Grants funding to support writers from ethnic minority backgrounds. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and think through your own ideas for projects.  

Interested? To book a place contact  

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Staff Events: DDMU Workshops

We have now published a new programme of workshop sessions for academic and professional services colleagues.  You can book onto these sessions via MyDevelopment.  The workshops aim to discuss the meaning of Decolonising DMU as well as looking at what decolonising means in people's specific working contexts.  There are workshop sessions planned throughout the academic year on the following dates:

  • Jan 20th 10 - 12pm - Academic Staff
  • Feb 11th 10 - 12pm - Professional Services
  • March 17th 10 - 12pm - Academic Staff
  • April 15th 1 - 3pm - Professional Services

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Staff Events: DDMU Drop-ins

If you have a question about the project, want to know how you can become more involved, would like to discuss an idea relating to Decolonising DMU or have any other query, we are running 15 minute 'drop-in' sessions which are available for all staff.  Members of the Decolonising DMU team will be available for a chat and the drop-ins run throughout the academic year.  You can sign up to a drop-in session HERE.

Once you have signed up for a slot, a member of the DDMU team will send you a Teams invite.

Staff Events: Decolonising DMU Research Seminar Series in the Humanities and Performing Arts

The School of Humanities and Performing Arts has organised a Decolonising DMU research seminar series online: A Plurality of Voices for Invoking the Other.

If you're interested in joining, please contact the relevant convenor for each event for details, as listed in the programme. The events continue regularly until March 2021.