Race, Indigeneity, Decolonial Thinking and the Possibilities of Anti-colonial Education
2-hour Conversational Webinar: June 16th 3pm EDT
(12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 1:00pm CST, 2pm CDT, 4pm ADT, 4:30pm NDT)
Join this engaging webinar where the main presenter, Dr. George Dei, will be discussing the intersections of race, anti-Black racism, colonialism and other oppressions. Participants will be engaged in the theory and practice of race, anti-Blackness, Indigeneity and decolonization and what it means for us to practically address social inequalities through a ‘thinking through’ of new futurities. The discussion will highlight crucial sites for interventions in the politics of race, anti-Blackness, Indigeneity and decolonization. There is a particular focus on the strategies for anti-colonial inclusive practice and what institutions need to do in order to bring about transformative change. A key question that will guide conversations is: What does it mean for church leaders to move away from colonial approaches to religious education and formation in their church contexts and find new ways for decolonial and life-giving approaches?
On the second half of the webinar, Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo will respond to the presentation from their own social location and lead us to a deeper conversation and engagement.
Dr. George Dei is a renowned educator, researcher and writer who is considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies. He is a widely sought after academic, researcher and community worker whose professional and academic work has led to many Canadian and international speaking invitations in US, Europe and Africa. Currently, he is Professor of Social Justice Education & Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Professor Dei is the 2015, 2016, 2018-19 Carnegie African Diasporan Fellow. In August of 2012, Professor Dei also received the honorary title of ‘Professor Extraordinarire’ from the Department of Inclusive Education, University of South Africa, [UNISA]. In 2017, he was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, the most prestigious award for an academic scholar. He also received the ‘2016 Whitworth Award for Educational Research’ from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) awarded to the Canadian scholar whose research and scholarship have helped shaped Canadian national educational policy and practice. He is the 2019 Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Chapman University, US – ‘Social Justice Award’ winner. Professor Dei has thirty-five (35) books and over seventy (70) refereed journal articles to his credit. Finally, in June of 2007, Professor Dei was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, specifically, as the Gyaasehene of the town of Asokore, Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah.
Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg is a Graduate Degree Director and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Associate Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College. She is the very first Asian and a racialized faculty to be a full professor in the history of Emmanuel. Committed to an interdisciplinary approach to homiletics in practical theology, her teaching and research address a range of topics related to biblical interpretation, postcolonial theories, feminist homiletics and liturgy, migration, and decolonizing practices. Her current research is involved in the intercultural preaching, as this intersects with race, gender, and multiple identities of the preacher and the congregations. She is particularly interested in language (verbal and non-verbal) issues for preaching as a communicative event. As a recipient of The Rowntree Scholarship at The United Church of Canada Foundation (2019), she will undertake her research project on Preaching and Intercultural Ministry in the United Church of Canada for the next 3 years. To highlight a few of her publications, she is the author of Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect and Interdependence: A Postcolonial Feminist Practical Theology. She also wrote the chapter “The Power and Practise of Indigenous Christian Rituals and Ceremonies” in the upcoming publication, Honouring the Declaration: Church Commitments to Reconciliation and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Theology, June Callwood Professor in Social Justice Special Advisor on Indigenous Issues. He focuses on the history and impacts of Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Calls to Actions; Indigenous interactions with Christianity and the Church; and building community relationships. As well, he is interested exploring the impacts of educational systems and teaching methods on individuals and communities. His teaching focuses on the use of personal stories, experiences and worldviews to make connections. Aside from teaching, Jonathan seeks ways to enhance the presence of Indigenous peoples, culture and knowledge at the university as the Special Advisory on Indigenous Initiatives. He is the convenor of the Indigenous Advisory Circle at Victoria University. Jonathan is Mohawk from Kahnawake, a First Nations community outside of Montreal.
Want to go deeper? Concurrent with the spring 2021 4 webinar series, FILL is offering Conversations Circles about Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change.