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PhD workshop: Epistemologies in PhD Research

Tuesday 2 May 2023
This workshop will take place on zoom

*Please note that the workshop times have been brought forward by two hours – it will now take place 12:00 – 17:00 CEST.*

The Decolonising Collective of Leiden University is organising its second PhD workshop titled ‘Epistemologies in PhD Research’, which will take place online on Tuesday, 2nd of May 2023, 12:00-17:00 CEST via Zoom. This event is open primarily for students at any stage of the PhD process: Master students applying for PhD programmes, PhD candidates, and postdocs.

What to expect?

The workshop aims to provide a safe space for PhD researchers and early career scholars from various disciplines to exchange experiences, knowledges, solidarity, and skills relevant to decolonial research and knowledge cultivation. We envisage a discussion centred on the following questions: How are we applying a decolonial lens to our research? How are we navigating the University? What is the nature of the supervisor-supervisee relationship? How are we incorporating decolonial methodologies into our research? Together, we hope to unpack the complexities and paradoxes of undertaking decolonial research at the modern university and learn how to thrive in our various projects. 

Workshop leaders

Workshop sessions will be highly interactive and led by the following four speakers: 

Prof Emerita Raewyn Connell (formerly University of Sydney): Scholar with a focus on sociology of knowledge and southern theory, gender relations and gender identities, and creator of the concept hegemonic masculinity. Also author of Southern Theory and The Good University.

Dr Paulina Trejo Mendez (Independent Researcher): An independent researcher and artist with a focus on forms of resistance to the violence of coloniality, particularly to epistemicide (erasure of ways of knowing-being) and feminicide (erasure of racialized-gendered-feminized bodies) and looking at how these intertwine. 

Omar Barghouti (University of Amsterdam): PhD Candidate with the research topic Ethical Decolonization & De-dichotomization of Identities in a  Settler-Colonial Conflict: A Moral Foundation for a Secular Democratic State in Historic Palestine. Also, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Vivetha Thambinathan (Western University Ontario): Health Professional Education PhD candidate with a strong interest in health equity, and core professional values rooted in decolonizing perspectives, social justice, and sustainability.  


Registration is open primarily for Master students applying for PhD programmes, PhD candidates, and postdocs. For enquiries about this event, you can get in touch with us at decolonisingcollective@leidenuniv.nl.

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