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  • Date and time: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Location: In-person only
    CC/011, Creative Centre, York St John University (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

What kind of knowledge is valued and considered legitimate in universities? How do norms around academic knowledge include or exclude people as knowers?      

Universities are, above all, involved in knowledge work. At a critical time for humanity, do we need to reconsider what we value as legitimate types of knowledge? How can we take a broader and more inclusive view of the knowledge that is relevant in academia? How might this increase our options for meaningful actions in the world? 

Our event marks the launch of the book Universities and Epistemic Justice in a Plural World: Knowing better. Join the authors – Vanessa Corby and Margaret Meredith of York St John University and Nkosinathi Madondo of Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa - to consider how social justice in and through universities might mean recognising more diverse knowers and knowledges. The authors will describe and explain work carried out with students towards knowledge justice in different disciplinary and geographical contexts.

The event will take you on a journey from Barnsley’s ex-mining communities to rural South Africa, with opportunity to discuss insights and reflections on epistemic justice and injustice in academia and beyond. Continue the conversations over light refreshments afterwards.

Image credit: Gabriella Clare Marino/Unsplash

About the speakers

Margaret Meredith is a Senior Lecturer in Education at York St John University and editor of the book Universities and Epistemic Justice in a Plural World: Knowing better. Her research interests include the role of higher education towards social justice, and practitioner-led reflection and research towards more inclusive social outcomes.

Vanessa Corby is Professor of the History, Theory, and Practice of Art at York St John University. She learnt she could paint, think, and write while undertaking her degree in Fine Art in the North of England. The first in her family to go to university, she holds a PhD in feminism and art history (2002, Leeds). These experiences formed the basis of her research, which considers the historical and material specificity of art making and its negotiation of marginalised subjectivities.

Nkosinathi Madondo is currently a Lecturer at Mangosuthu University of Technology in the Teaching, Learning and Development Centre, South Africa. He holds a PhD in higher education from Rhodes University, South Africa. His scholarship resides in the areas of teaching and learning in higher education, academic development, academic literacy, decoloniality of knowledge, power and being, and social justice.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible