Beyond the Trend of Decolonizing Science

Hawaiian cultural practitioners, environmentalists, and activists standing in solidarity against the groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Photo: OccupyHilo/Flickr

In April 2019, the UCS Science Network hosted a conversation led by Indigenous and Black scholars around what it means to ‘decolonize science.’ Using the controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope and the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea as a case study, speakers shared examples of the role of colonialism in science.

About the webinar

Moderator and speakers include: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, professor of physics, core faculty member, Women's Studies Program, University of New Hampshire; Eve Tuck, associate professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto; Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar, PhD, assistant professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Ithaca College; David Uahikea Maile, PhD candidate, instructor Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico.

For more resources and information, check out this article from Dr. Tuck, and Dr. Prescod-Weinstein's Decolonising Science list here.

We are also continuing the conversation by coordinating “reading and discussion groups,” both in-person and remote, to unpack the webinar and share reflections.

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