Session Five 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 Zainon Ahmad, Consulting Editor of The Sun newspaper in Malaysia, this opening session on the second day of the conference features three presentations on the theme of decolonizing math, science and law. The main speakers include:
C. K. Raju, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at University Sains Malaysia, laying out a framework for 'Decolonising Math and Science Education.'
Shad Saleem Faruqi, Emeritus Professor of Law at University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, focusing on 'Western Intellectual Imperialism in Malaysian Legal Education.'
Shadrack Gutto, Director of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies, South Africa, discussing 'Illnesses of Legal Education and Steps Toward a Cure.'
The main presentations are followed by responses from conference participants, including: Norma Alvares, public interest environmental lawyer and advocate of the Bombay High Court; Syed Farid Alatas, professor of sociology at National University of Singapore; and Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission in London. The session concludes with responses from the main speakers.
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