Why is my curriculum white?

This film from the UK examines Eurocentric bias in curriculum design, content and delivery from the perspective of university students in London. It offers an intelligent exposure and critique of whiteness in academia. Whiteness, however, is explained primarily through the lens of colonialism, imperialism, and empire. {The word slavery is never uttered, nor is it referred to in other ways.} CORRECTION: I somehow missed the reference to “slavery” in the film. Nevertheless, I maintain the point I made below that slavery is central to the social construction of whiteness.

Whiteness emerges through the process of racializing slavery. Europeans became “white” by “blackening” Africans and consigning them by law to permanent and hereditary servitude. For the sake of context, I thought I should add that point. But I sincerely don’t want it to detract from this fine film and the brilliant people it features.

 

 

 

Call and Responses: The Odyssey of the Moor

Historian MIranda Kaufmann interviews artist Graeme Evelyn about his art installation at Kensington Palace,London, featuring John van Nost’s Bust of the Moor. The lavish sculpture was commissioned by King William III in 1689.

For more information about the history surrounding this installation check out Graeme Evelyn’s website.