A Blueprint study for a Master in Critical Diaspora, Race and Liberation Studies
UCOS, WeDecolonizeVUB, BCUS, RHEA and BIRMM together with other individual partners inside and outside of the VUB, like professors and students, created the Blueprint study for a Master in Critical Liberation/Ethnic Studies
The project looks at how we can create a master program that starts from the notion that racialized and marginalized people’s lives are not sufficiently archived within Belgium’s society. This project also wants to take into account the structures that already exist and look at them from a critical perspective while creating safer spaces where people’s lives and stories can be archived and used in a way to function as a decolonial tool to challenge the way we see structures. Creating such a master programme, can bring new, or silenced and better knowledge, while contributing to more racial and social justice.
Next to that, this project also wants to find out what a critical liberation/ethnic studies master would look like with an institution such as the VUB while rooting it within communities outside of VUB, in a truly decolonized way.
This project’s ultimate goal would be to create a critical ethnic studies master program. However, a short-term objective would be to create for example modules and courses within already existing master programs centered around a decolonial approach in creating knowledge. We believe that by working with short-term goals, we can stay productive and work towards our bigger goals.