Proceedings of the fourth session from the Multiversity International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities held in Penang, Malaysia, 27-29 June 2011 under the auspices of Universiti Sains Malaysia and Citizens International. The conference brought together scholars, activists, students and journalists from Asia, Africa, the Mideast and elsewhere to address the problem of Eurocentrism in the universities of the Global South and to explore alternatives and paths of resistance.
Chaired by Shyam Menon, Vice-Chancellor of Ambedkar University in Delhi, India, this session brings to a close the first day of the conference proceedings and features several presentations on the theme of decolonizing university curricula. The main speakers include:
Syed Farid Alatas, Associate Professor Sociology at the National University of Singapore, offering an 'Outline of a Non-Eurocentric Sociology Course.'
Vinay Lal, Professor of History at University of Delhi, evaluating 'History Outside the West.'
Napat Chaipraditkul, a researcher at the Eubios Ethics Institute of Thailand, outlining 'The Legacy from Colonisation of History Texts.'
Augustine Nwoye, Professor Psychology at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania, proposing an 'African Psychotherapy for African Univesities.'
Akomolafe Adebayo Clement, Assistant Lecturer in Psychology at Covenant University, Nigeria, recounting 'Narratives of Resistance from Psychology.'
The main presentations are followed by a lively set of responses from the floor, including comments by Loo Seng Piew of Albukhary International University, Malaysia; Ashis Nandy of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies; Delhi, India, C.K. Raju, Distinguised Professor with Inmantec, Ghaziabad, India; Shaikh Abdul Mabud, Director General of the Islamic Academy in Cambridge, UK; Sultan Ismail, Managing Director of the Econscience Research Foundation in Chennai, India; Shadrack Gutto, Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa, Pretoria; Norma Alvares, an advocate of the Bombay High Court; Molefi Asante, Professor of Africology at Temple University, USA; and Erwin Fernandez, Director of the House of Pangasinan Studies in the Philippines. The session concludes with brief followup comments from each of the main speakers.
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