Decolonising the Curriculum in HE- Visiting Speaker Series

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Open to the Public. This event will be held over Zoom. Zoom details will be emailed to all registered attendees the day before the event.

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Please join us for a talk by Professor Farid Panjwani, Aga Khan University, Pakistan.

Professor Panjwani's talk title and abstract will be detailed here very soon.


Dr Farid Panjwani is Professor and Dean of Institute for Educational Development. He has a DPhil in philosophy of education from the University of Oxford. Dr Panjwani is driven to improve the quality of education, particularly in developing countries and in Muslim contexts. He has an interdisciplinary approach and has published widely in the areas of philosophy of education, citizenship, teacher education, imagination, religious education, hermeneutics and Islamic Studies. His recent publications have explored the role of imagination in fostering care, compassion and criticality amongst students. He has worked on several educational projects around the world and has acted as a consultant to many research projects and organisations, including the International Baccalaureate, the Adyan Foundation in Lebanon, the Islamic Religious Council in Singapore, the Aga Khan Academies, and the government of Punjab, Pakistan. In 2016, Dr Panjwani was appointed on the Commission on Religious Education, UK which was tasked to come up with policy recommendations for the future of religious education in the country.

From 2012, Dr Panjwani served as the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Education in Muslim Contexts at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University College London. The Centre was first of its kind in any British University, dedicated to the promotion of sound and critical research and scholarship in Muslim contexts.

Dr Panjwani is well known to the academic community at the AKU as, before joining the UCL in 2012, he was an Assistant Professor at our Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London. At AKU-ISMC, he was involved, among other projects, in the conception and initiation of the master's degree programme.


13:00 Welcome by Chair, Dr Andrea English

13:05 Talk by Professor Panjwani

13:45 Discussion

14:15 Close

About this series

This series is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh's Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

The series will run from January – June 2021.

Other Talks in the Series:

21 January 2021 - Dr Foluke Adebisi , University of Bristol, UK

4 March 2021 - Professor de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal

22 April 2021 - Dr Dominic Griffiths, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

30 April 2021 - Rowena Anthea Azada-Palacios, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and University College London, UK (Special Talk for School Teachers on Decolonising the Curriculum in Schools)

13 May 2021 - Dr Jason Arday, Durham University, UK

10 June 2021 - Professor Penny Enslin, University of Glasgow, UK

Any questions about this event, please contact the series organiser:

Dr Andrea English ,

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