December 15, 2020 – Decolonial Dialogues
Daffodils and Snow: Whose Language Matters?
Part 1. A Conversation about Decolonising How We Teach, Learn, and Research
December 15, 2020
Carol Ann Dixon (University of Sheffield, UK), Riadh Ghemmour (University of Exeter, UK), Maica Gugolati (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Introduction (the Twitter Provocation):
On 13 November 2020, Riadh Ghemmour, Indigenous Kabyle educational scholar and member of the Decolonial Dialogues co-editorial team, circulated a provocation on Decolonial Dialogues Twitter feed reflecting on how certain dominant language(s), such as English language, can reproduce colonial and exclusionary practices in the decolonial process.
As a follow-up response, two members of the Decolonial Dialogues co-editorial team, Carol Ann Dixon and Maica Gugolati joined Riadh Ghemmour in a three way, jointly authored blog in order to critically reflect on the question, whose language(s) matter(s)?, including perspectives informed by African Indigenous languages, singing-sign language and evocative Jamaican Patois poetics.