Decolonising ‘inclusivity’: mapping reciprocity through a social cartographical lens

Catherine Camps, CA Emmett

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    Maldonado-Torres (2007) in his work “On the coloniality of Being’ extends a call for recognition of how colonisation catastrophically limits the life chances of groups and their individual members. Central to the argument is the belief that individuals, and by extension their wider community members, are structurally positioned and their worth in communities only affirmed through social acts of giving and receiving. Maldonado-Torres’s work identifies this ‘reciprocity’ as a means by which marginalised people are recognised.

    Utilising Maldonado-Torres’ concepts, this workshop will offer a way to examine queer individual and intersectional relationships, so we can begin to question how our personal thinking and practices can either reinforce, or challenge, the structural barriers that reinforce colonisation. Through the use of social cartography (Casebeer, 2016) participants in this workshop will:
    * Engage with the work of Maldonado-Torres and queer decolonial theorists;
    * Create their own cartography of queer and intersectional relationships and reciprocity; and
    * Explore ways in which they might seek to alter these in an effort to redress social injustice and decolonise practice.

    Casebeer. D. (2016) Mapping dispositions for social justice: towards a cartography of reflection. Reflective Practice 17 (3), pp. 357-368.
    Maldonado-Torres, N. (2007) On the Coloniality of Being. Cultural Studies, 21 (2-3), pp. 240-270.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
    Event2nd Annual International Inclusivity in HE LGBTQ conference. Swansea University. September 2017. - Swansea University , Swansea, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Sept 20176 Sept 2017


    Conference2nd Annual International Inclusivity in HE LGBTQ conference. Swansea University. September 2017.
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • social cartography
    • reciprocity
    • decolonial practice
    • intersectionality
    • queer relationships


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