Decolonisation: Statues, Racism and Knowledge Production | Webinar
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On 2 July, 2020, Francis Light’s statue in Penang was found splashed with red paint. The ethos of the “Rhodes Must Fall” movement has arrived here, having spread from South Africa to Oxford University. The US has seen its own spate of new statue topplings, part of a chain of connected movements to topple statues of slave and colonial masters.
Malaysia and Singapore have their own share of colonial statues, most of which have been taken out of the open and brought into museums, but some remain in public. Wherever they stand they represent a colonised past that, despite independence, many would argue we are still coming to terms with today. Knowledge production, which privileges methods and research from Western, and usually white, institutions, is an example of a domain where a colonial legacy persists.
How do we participate in this decolonial politics aimed at overthrowing the omnipresent coloniser? How does knowledge production come into the conversation, and what does decolonisation of it require? Gerakbudaya and Imagined Malaysia host Syed Farid Alatas to consider these questions and more.
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SYED FARID ALATAS is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously, he lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. His areas of interest are historical sociology, the sociology of social science, the sociology of religion and inter-religious dialogue. Among his books is ‘Alternative Discourse in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism’ (Sage, 2006).
IMAGINED MALAYSIA is intended to be a research project based on the alternative history of Malaysia and Southeast Asia. IM hopes to participate in the efforts of creating public awareness and education about the differing narratives and stories that may be omitted from official/master history. This is to not only change our understanding of the nation’s history, but to also deepen and evolve it to have a more inclusive and rich discourse.
Founded in 2000, GERAKBUDAYA — ‘movement of cultures’ — is a publisher, book distributor, community hub, and bookstore of critical and alternative perspectives and hidden histories of Southeast Asia and the wider world.