What can the role of playfulness and games be when engaging in the complex topic of decolonisation of education? Are they necessary liberatory? Or can they also have a “darker” side? We invite you to join an exploration of how play can be deployed to insidiously further neo-colonial agendas, and, by converse, how playful metaphors can support students and staff in engaging with these complex topics. Following this introduction, participants will be prompted to actively join the conversation, based on their own personal experiences and histories, to collectively build a picture of the colonial “games” our institutions play, and therefore become more aware of how we might re-design them to be more plural, just, inclusive and liberated.
21 Jan 2021
University of Colorado Denver, United States, Colorado