Unsettling Knowledge Podcast

From the Dutch ‘rijsttafel’ to contested street names, from the Eurovision Song Contest to sports and racism, the new "Unsettling Knowledge" podcast reflects on how empire and colonization have shaped contemporary society and culture. 

 

Together, hosts Dr Rachel Gillett and Dr Matthijs Kuipers, speak with scholars, community members, and experts, to uncover traces of empire in the present and confront controversial topics head on with those involved. 

Episode 4 - The History of Racism: Teaching during the #BLM Movement

 

In 2020, the murder of George Floyd by a police officer evoked a mass public response in the U.S. and beyond. It sparked global protests against police brutality and against racist violence. Local anti-racist movements and campaigns throughout Europe called on their communities, gathered support and worked in solidarity with #BLM groups in a wave of protests and actions. One result was to expose the invisibility of discussions of racism and racialisation in national education systems and call for educators to address these topics and conversations in the European context.

In this episode Rachel and Matthijs reflect on the experience of teaching a course on the history of racism, during the peak of 2020's #BLM protests. They do so in conversation with student guest Stuart Duncan, and with contributions from other students in that class.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Why is teaching about the history of racism so important? How do we give space to current social injustices surrounding race within the classroom? How do students feel about their educational experience of learning about racism?

BONUS
Check out our additional episode to hear more voices from our students about their experience studying the history of racism during the Black Lives Matter movement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Charleston Syllabus: A diverse reading resource for teachers and students to learn more about the history of racial violence with insight into global white supremacy, black resistance, and racial identities. https://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/

  • The Black Curriculum: A social enterprise that aims to deliver Black history by providing a curriculum and free licensable resources for schools. https://theblackcurriculum.com/

 

ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)
Production assistance from Edan Simpson and Malina Yallanki
Special thanks to our student guests especially Stuart Duncan, Ruben Vogel, Jonas Schiffer, and Niamh Munglani.


Episode 3 - Anticolonialism and Pandemics


Pandemics are often thought to be 'great levellers', but as the current coronavirus shows us, they don't hit people equally. In this episode, we explore two historical cases where pandemics, and the fight against them, were intertwined with colonial and anticolonial politics. Rachel brings forward the case of Te Puea, a Maori leader who became a nationwide beloved figure in New Zealand during the outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918/1919. Matthijs recounts the story of Indonesian nationalist and anticolonial leader Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo, who was employed as a 'native doctor' during the 1910 plague in Java.



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ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Episode 2 - Racism in Football 


Why is racism so rampant in football? Why did recent cases spark more reactions than usual? And what's wrong with the monkeys in an Italian anti-racism campagin? We discuss these questions with guests John Oliveira and Irene Blum.

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

 

ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Episode 1 - INDO-DUTCH CUISINE  

 

What is the difference between the Indonesian and Indo-Dutch restaurants you see in The Netherlands? What role does food play in the Indo-Dutch community? And what has colonial history to do with it? We discuss these questions with guests Jeff Keasberry and Josina Heuvelsland.



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ABOUT
Brought to you by the UGlobe Decolonisation Group: www.decolonisationgroup.com/
Hosted by Rachel Gillett and Matthijs Kuipers
Sound by Stephan Venmans
Music by CarlosCarty (CC-BY-3.0)

Organising DecolGroup Members

  • Matthijs Kuipers, Urecht University

  • Rachel Gillett, Utrecht University

Powered by the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (2019 & 2020)

CONTACT: decolonisationgroup@gmail.com - Frank Gerits f.p.l.gerits@uu.nl  & Rachel Gillett r.a.gillett@uu.nl (co-PI's)