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“Colonisation is more than physical. It is also cultural and psychological in determining whose knowledge is privileged. In this, colonisation not only impacts the first generation colonised but creates enduring issues. Decolonisation seeks to reverse and remedy this through direct action and listening to the voices of First Nations people,” said Mary Frances O’Dowd and Robyn Heckenberg.

Decolonisation is a widely discussed topic, and one that has stirred a lot of debate particularly within the academic world.

Lucy Panesar has done work under the banner of ‘decolonisation’ for a number of years now, and is currently leading a student project called ‘Decolonising Wikipedia Network’ for the University of the Arts London. But what does all this really mean? And should we continue to call this work ‘decolonisation’?



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