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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
    Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.

    For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.

    The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...onise-english/
    Signed by over 100 at a university of nearly 20,000 good to see students respect democratic processes
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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
    Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.
    No they won't.

    Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a teaching fellow of Churchill college and member of the forum, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literature and theory, said no white writers would be affected by the proposed changes.
    Broadening the syllabus means putting different writers and texts in conversation with each other, not ‘downgrading’ or even eliminating a single writer. It’s a request, as I understand it, for more representation of ethnic minority and postcolonial writers but for the purposes of thinking about these works alongside the existing texts.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...glish-syllabus
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No they won't.

    Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a teaching fellow of Churchill college and member of the forum, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literature and theory, said no white writers would be affected by the proposed changes.
    Broadening the syllabus means putting different writers and texts in conversation with each other, not ‘downgrading’ or even eliminating a single writer. It’s a request, as I understand it, for more representation of ethnic minority and postcolonial writers but for the purposes of thinking about these works alongside the existing texts.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...glish-syllabus
    And yet either the telegraph or BBC quoted a faculty member saying the proposals would not see the course being extended, so something has to go, even if it is just a downgrade
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No they won't.

    Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a teaching fellow of Churchill college and member of the forum, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literature and theory, said no white writers would be affected by the proposed changes.
    Broadening the syllabus means putting different writers and texts in conversation with each other, not ‘downgrading’ or even eliminating a single writer. It’s a request, as I understand it, for more representation of ethnic minority and postcolonial writers but for the purposes of thinking about these works alongside the existing texts.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...glish-syllabus
    Yeah, the Telegraph probably got it wrong. But as the guy above me says, you can't introduce new writers without either extending the course, or downgrading old writers.
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    (Original post by Underscore__)
    Signed by over 100 at a university of nearly 20,000 good to see students respect democratic processes
    I'm surprised the number was so low. Maybe they just didn't advertise the petition enough? I'd have expected something with keywords like "decolonise" proposed by the Women's Officer to have much broader support over the university.
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    Give them an inch and they take a mile, they have now moved on to history, philosophy, and history of art.

    With history of art there is plenty of Oriental art to study, but I expect they don't care about that, I expect it's about Africa which certainly has art, but it's influence on modern art, whether that be of a more traditional style or modern "art" is widely limited if existent.

    Philosophy I imagine is a similar picture, plenty in the near and far East, but the great African civilisations died out too long ago to have any major influence and probably most philosophical argument produced in Africa was also produced elsewhere with that "elsewhere" being used as the building blocks.

    History is the fun one, given they probably don't care about Oriental history surely decolonised history becomes history of colonialism

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    i hope that these SJWs will carefully scrutinise the literature syllabi of Zimbabwe's universities to ensure that they do not penalise white authors, and those in Gaza, Judaea & Samaria to make sure that Israel's wonderful Jewish writers are not overlooked.
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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
    I'm surprised the number was so low. Maybe they just didn't advertise the petition enough? I'd have expected something with keywords like "decolonise" proposed by the Women's Officer to have much broader support over the university.
    A black person no less.

    What is it with black female students going for non-"jobs"?
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    (Original post by Underscore__)
    Signed by over 100 at a university of nearly 20,000 good to see students respect democratic processes
    Because all 20000 students at Cambridge are all doing this course.
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    It is one of those articles designed to elicit ire among the easily offended and generate advertising revenue.

    The Telegraph has had to issue a correction, not that it is going to stop the faux-outrage.

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    (Original post by Quantex)
    It is one of those articles designed to elicit ire among the easily offended and generate advertising revenue.

    The Telegraph has had to issue a correction, not that it is going to stop the faux-outrage
    Couldn't you at least crop your screenshot?

    The crucial part of the correction is the last part; the author said that they'd be replacing white authors, when in reality they will only be downgraded.

    The rest is just a half-hearted correction ('not a proposal, but a recommendation').

    I'm not going to defend the Torygraph, but this is how pretty much all the media operates these days. Remember the Misogyny Manifesto?
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    What does that even mean? It's a white country; obviously there'd be more white authors.
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    i hope that these SJWs will carefully scrutinise the literature syllabi of Zimbabwe's universities to ensure that they do not penalise white authors, and those in Gaza, Judaea & Samaria to make sure that Israel's wonderful Jewish writers are not overlooked.
    Zimbabwe and Gaza have universities? I would have thought these to be places that don't have the resources for universities, certainly not for people to go to them, and where the elite get shipped off to Britain and America to be educated.
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    People at Cambridge moaning about their degree?

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Zimbabwe and Gaza have universities? I would have thought these to be places that don't have the resources for universities, certainly not for people to go to them, and where the elite get shipped off to Britain and America to be educated.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...es_in_Zimbabwe

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...an_Territories
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    People at Cambridge moaning about their degree?

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    they are arts students ffs
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    they are arts students ffs
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    And what's makes you assume there are no credible black authors who are also from the 16th century with the same literacy abilities or even far back that deserve a place on the curriculum. This is the issue.
    Are you serious? I challenge you to name just one black writer of the sixteenth century who was even writing literature in English (this is an English course), never mind one who was doing so at a level worthy of study at Cambridge.

    A literate black person writing in Africa during the sixteenth century is far more likely to have written in a language of conquest rather than one of colonialism - Arabic. Even writings in Swahili are heavily influenced by Islam. What social justice can be found in that?

    The irony of this storm in a teacup is that the demand for 'decolonising the curriculum' will have the opposite effect to what the SJWs want. The black authors that will be studied would have been writing in a different language entirely if it had not been for colonialisation, and this merely emphasises the colonialisation of their native lands.
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    they will have a harder task de-colonising the Natural Sciences Tripos...
 
 
 
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