Decolonising Conservation Research & Teaching Workshop

Decolonising Conservation Teaching is a small networking project funded by the University of York and organised by Dr Louise Cooke.

The purpose of this network is to focus on decolonising conservation education through
research of archives in the UK, to understand and critique the colonial and postcolonial experience of conservation by the development of workshops and an international conference on conservation teaching focussing on the inclusion of narratives of non-dominant communities, and in developing pedagogies to transform conservation research and teaching in the UK and South Asia.

This network, supported by the University of York and the Department of Archaeology, will hold a workshop in May 2022 with a potential following one in June 2022, of which selected papers will be published in an edited book. Papers can be presented in person in York or online, to address the theme of decolonizing conservation teaching through the following questions:

  • How is your pedagogical practice impacted by colonial practices in conservation?
  • How are you changing your pedagogical practices (hands-on teaching, PBL… discourse and critical analysis)?

We are keen to invite speakers from both the academic world and outside of it, and
researchers working on the above themes worldwide. We hope that cross national conversations can be held within this workshop to promote shared experience in learning.

The workshop will take place over 2 separate days, on 10th/12th of May and 14th/16th of June. In person discussions will be held in King’s Manor, while a live stream system will allow speakers and attendees to contribute and listen into the session simultaneously. Selected papers will be published through the University of York Press as an edited book of conference proceedings.

Please email Samir Belgacem to indicate your interest, along with an optional short personal resume of c. 300 words to:

Confirmation will be sent out to speakers in early May.