The Decolonising Wikipedia Network (DWN) supports students and staff at University of the Arts London to edit Wikipedia through the lenses of anti-racism and decolonisation. This includes (but is not limited to) increasing the visibility and credibility of under-represented and marginalised figures and topics connected to our subject disciplines on Wikipedia.
Decolonisation is not a metaphor or synonym for diversity and inclusion work (read Tuck and Yang, 2012); it is about equity, justice and reparation for those whose lives and life chances have been and continue to be negatively affected by colonisation. Under British colonial rule, entire communities and nations suffered the loss or oppression of traditional knowledge and ways of knowing, and other forms of epistemicide. The legacy of this continues to influence knowledge production and dissemination to this day. Read more about decolonising the curriculum, libraries and sources here.
DWN supports UAL students and staff to play an active role in the decolonisation of knowledge and Wikipedia editing as a form of knowledge activism. This site contains guidance on editing Wikipedia and examples by DWN members, answers to a range of frequently asked questions, and information about forthcoming events and the 2021-22 project London’s Colonial Her/Histories.
DWN is led by Lucy Panesar (UAL academic and Wikimedian in Residence) and co-facilitated by LCC Changemakers, Alex Duncan of Arts + Feminism and Richard Nevell from Wikimedia UK. LCC was awarded Partnership of the Year at Wikimedia UK’s 2021 AGM and Community Day.
Banner image ‘to be a Knowledge Activist’ available from Wikicommons.