The Decolonising Wikipedia Network is set up to support UAL students and staff to play an active role in the decolonisation of knowledge and Wikipedia editing as a form of knowledge activism. A series of online public events and workshops are planned for the 2021-22 academic year. Please find details and dates below.
Three online public events are currently being planned as part of the DWN London’s Colonial Her/Histories project. These events are for project promotion, discussion and dissemination regarding the researching of London’s Colonial Her/Histories and/or editing Wikipedia pages related to this. They will include presentations from DWN members and guests from external organisations. Video recordings of each event will go onto UAL YouTube channels. You can see here the recording from the online event that took place on 18 May 2021.
The events will be held online in Zoom from 5-6.30pm on the following Tuesdays:
- 2 November 2021 – project launch (YouTube recording coming soon)
- 8 February 2022 – project discussion
- 10 May 2022 – project reflections
A series of online Decolonising Wikipedia workshops, cafes and editathons is also planned for 2021-22. These are intended to support UAL students and staff with various aspects of editing Wikipedia through a decolonial lens, including that for the DWN project London’s Colonial Her/Histories. These sessions will cover all or some of the following, depending on the needs and interests of those attending:
- Editing Wikipedia as an anti-racist, decolonial act
- Creating a Wikipedia account, understanding how Wikipedia works
- Critically evaluating existing Wikipedia content, drafting new content
- Sourcing information and imagery, image copyright and licensing
- Editing a Wikipedia page, creating a new Wikipedia page
The next session will be a Decolonising Wikipedia Online Cafe on Friday 10 December from 2-5pm; this will be an informal space for people to share and support each other whilst working on their own Wikipedia editing. This will be in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – book your place here on Academic Support Online. Please note: these sessions are not exclusive to DWN members but are limited to UAL students and staff only.
Separate DWN workshops will be taking place in-curricula as arranged by Lucy with Course Leaders and will be co-facilitated where possible by LCC Changemakers.
If you have any questions about the events or experience have issues booking onto them, please email DWN lead Lucy Panesar on UALDecolonisingWikipediaNetwork@arts.ac.uk