The lessons I learnt from writing my own “Decolonised” syllabus

Earlier this year I got bored of the course I was studying as the core part of my degree.  “Postcolonial Theory and Practice” – it was a name that was exciting and yet which failed to fulfill its promise and potential. It was outdated, it was canonical and it didn’t quite unsettle us enough. Three of my course-mates and myself discussed this regularly. We were … Continue reading The lessons I learnt from writing my own “Decolonised” syllabus

SOAS vs Cambridge

This week marks the beginning of my year of studying (Postcolonial Studies) at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London. Though practically unheard of by many, SOAS has a reputation for being a very political space and an institution with appreciation for critical and sometimes radical analysis and thought. To my mind, entering this space would be jumping from one extreme experience of … Continue reading SOAS vs Cambridge

To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants

note: – the term BME used in this article is based on UK terminology to refer to members of non-white British communities (who this article is primarily aimed at): Black and minority ethnic. – the term Oxbridge is a blended word referring to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Do it. Don’t be a potential applicant, apply. Apply with gusto. Apply immediately. Apply with full faith … Continue reading To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants

Guest Post: Comfortable Lies

Content note: mental health, mention of eating disorders, stigma. For anybody who’s spent more than one term at this university, the message that ‘we have to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health’ will be familiar. Talking about mental health problems is vital, and as long as any sufferer feels worried, awkward or ashamed about the issues they are facing, it is a message that we … Continue reading Guest Post: Comfortable Lies