The Fireplace Series: Timely Teaching for a Globalizing Present and Decolonial Futures

Event Date: 
Mar 19, 2021
Event Location: 

Join us for the Fireplace Speaker Series event, "Timely Teaching for a Globalizing Present and Decolonial Futures". 


This event will be available to attend over Zoom, on Wednesday, March 19, from 10-11:30 am EST.

This event is open for anyone who would like to register. Registrants will be sent an email link to access this event. 


Set around a fireplace in Queen’s Stauffer Library, this speaker series aims to spark interdisciplinary thought and ideas about all sorts of places that matter. Two speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds meet for an impromptu conversation, seeking both common and uncommon ground. After the conversation, the audience is invited to join in with questions.

The speaking event, "Timely Teaching for a Globalizing Present and Decolonial Futures" poses the question: how do we teach now, for a globalizing present and towards decolonial futures? Dr. Thashika Pillay (Faculty of Education) and Dr. Beverley Mullings (Geography and Planning), scholars concerned with diasporic and global identities, seek common and uncommon ground, as they engage with this question.

Speaker Information

Dr. Beverley Mullings is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's Univeristy. Beverley's work is centered in the field of feminist political economy and engages questions of labour, social transformation, neoliberalism, and the politics of gender, race and class in the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is interested in the ways that evolving racial capitalist regimes are recasting and transforming work, divisions of labour, patterns of urban governance and ultimately, responses to social and economic injustice. Beverley is currently engaged in three major research projects: one examines the financialization of Caribbean remittance economies; the second explores the possibilities that diasporic dialogue holds for reviving Caribbean Radical Traditions; the third project traces the impact of the Black middle-class on social transformation in post-Plantation Economies.

Dr. Thashika Pillay is Assistant Professor in Educational Policy in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. Thashika has extensive research and teaching experience in K-12 and higher education in Canada, Australia, and Ethiopia. Her research program explores questions of social, cultural, economic, political, and epistemic justice and the possibilities for anticolonial educational policy in formal and informal contexts. Her current research explores the gaps exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic as related to racialized students’ educational experiences and the role of social media in educating youth around issues of justice and equity. In addition, Thashika is co-editor of Decolonizing Global Citizenship Education (2015) and Global Citizenship, Common Wealth and Uncommon Citizenships (2018).


This gathering will be recorded and shared as podcasts in partnership with CFRC radio. We look forward to seeing you there!

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