What we are
We are an open source publication and reading group investigating decolonial texts across disciplines.
Open source publication
We publish introductions to interdisciplinary decolonial texts that are critically located in the contemporary moment.
We meet regularly to use the introductions in this publication as starting points for discussion. We extend, challenge and critique these perspectives, publishing them as a postscript in our publication.
How we work
Each month, selected discourses (journal articles, chapters, practices) are selected by a scholar (member or non-member) who pens an introduction to the work in a READING DECOLONIALITY article, before presenting it as a starting point for discussion within our monthly hybrid (online/in-person) reading group. Introductions are critical and focused analyses for all readers with a curiosity for decoloniality.
Reading groups are open for anyone to join and speak to the text, with their viewpoints minuted and published by speakers as a postscript to their initial post. The process of including one author’s concise introduction alongside the plurality of perspectives offered from the reading group provides dialogic opportunities for multiple meanings that we believe to be characteristic of decoloniality itself.
For readers of the publication, the ‘Think piece’ format is also welcomed and published by READING DECOLONIALITY. This includes articles with extended comment and critique, or creative responses to texts or previous discussions.
READING DECOLONIALITY looks to nourish and support the ideas of new interdisciplinary scholars in dialogue with a wider public of academics, practitioners and policy makers. Like a reading group, it provides new, current, and critical introductions to complex texts for scholars investigating decoloniality while publishing concise articles for those looking for understanding, evidence and change.
READING DECOLONIALITY began as the Decolonial/Postcolonial Working Group at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Warwick in early 2021. This group was founded by Eloise Betrand, Giulia Champion, Nadeen Dakkak, Remi Dewiere, Will Fysh, Martha Gayoye, Luca Peretti and Doro Wiese and was soon joined by Claire French and Somak Biswas. More on its organisers and members are here.
READING DECOLONIALITY is supported in kind as well as receives small financial aid from the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Warwick. In addition to covering the annual hosting fees, founding members of the group began decolonial discussions in their time at the IAS and new members still continue to be recruited from this base. The IAS, nor The University of Warwick, do not have any programme leadership of READING DECOLONIALITY.
READING DECOLONIALITY has an open membership whereby anyone (institutional affiliation or not) can read monthly articles and join monthly talks.