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SOAS: Student demands for Decolonisation of Courses do not go Far Enough.

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Cuneiform  needed to Break Free from Colonial Legacy. 

SOAS University Defends Students Accused Of Being ‘Snowflakes’ Over White Philosopher Demands

 Their demands centre around this.

To make sure that the majority of the philosophers on our courses are from the Global South or it’s diaspora.

“SOAS’s focus is on Asia and Africa and therefore the foundations of its theories should be presented by Asian or African philosophers (or the diaspora).

“If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”

The proposals were put forward as part of a campaign at SOAS to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism” at the university.

Huff Post.

It has long struck the Tendence that such calls do not go far enough.

This statement was written in English, and more importantly, in the Latin alphabet, a legacy of Roman imperialism.

Where, one asks, is their recognition of the import of the Sumerians in addressing the Enlightenment’s  problématique?

Were they not present in the Middle East?

Where is the place of cuneiform, a writing system free from Western colonialism? 

Where is the recognition given to the important role of Metropolitan thought, notably astrology, in the curriculum?

We propose that SOAS immediately establish a Tablet School in sumerian cuneiform.

Who could be better to introduce the new syllabus than Middle East Expert Tariq Ali?

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

Posted in Anti-Fascism, Colonialism, Culture

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  1. Who are these student groups and how popular are they on campus?

    @pplswar

    January 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

  2. The student union site is a treat:
    https://soasunion.org/education/educationalpriorities/
    I am particularly intrigued by the ‘Self Love’ workshops they’ve been having, and wonder whether they’ve been overdoing their self-loving a bit.

    Francis

    January 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

  3. Indeed it is,

    “If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”

    I would be interested in their ‘epistemological’ definition of ‘white’ – race, colour, ethnicity.

    Do they have DNA testing available?

    Andrew Coates

    January 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm


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