Decolonizing Methodologies, 20 Years On: The Sociological Review Annual Lecture 2019

Goldsmiths University, London, Wednesday 16th October 2019, 17.45-20.00, followed by a drink’s reception

The event has been funded by the Sociological Review Foundation



Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

The Sociological Review is delighted to announce that our 2019 Annual Lecture will be given by (University of Waikato, New Zealand) to mark the 20th year anniversary of the publication for her ground-breaking book. This will be followed by a response from (Goldsmiths, London).

We are delighted to be announce that our 2019 Annual Lecture will be given by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Waikato, New Zealand). It marks the 20-year anniversary of her groundbreaking book 'Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples’, a book that remains as timely today as it was when it was first released. The continuing urgency to decolonize contemporary social science curricula and social theory demand a simultaneous decolonization of our research practices and methodologies. In this lecture, Professor Tuhiwai Smith will reflect on what has changed since the initial publication of her book and challenges ahead in continuing this important work. This will be followed by a response from Professor Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths, London).


Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori) is a scholar of education and critic of persistent colonialism in academic teaching and research. She is best known for her groundbreaking 1999 book, Decolonizing Methodologies. She has been President of NZARE (the New Zealand Association for Research in Education), a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, a member of the Health Research Council and Chair of the Maori Health Committee, Chair of the Social Sciences Panel of the Marsden Council and member of the Constitutional Review Panel. She has also been active in establishing Maori educational initiatives from early childhood to higher education, was an inaugural co-Director of the Maori Research Centre of Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga.


Professor Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths, London)

Yasmin Gunaratnam is a professor in the Department Sociology, Goldsmiths University. She has authored two books, 'Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power' (Sage, 2003) and ‘Death and the Migrant’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). She is one of the co-authors of ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (Manchester University Press, 2017). She is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified and is a published poet. Yasmin’s academic writing has been published in Body and Society, Dark Matter, European Journal of Women’s Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, Mortality, Sociological Review, Subjectivity, The Lancet, Qualitative Social Work, and Poem. She has also written for The Independent, The Guardian, Open Democracy, The Conversation and Red Pepper.



This event free, but registration is essential. Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Eligibility for Bursaries

For the first time The Sociological Review is making a number of travel bursaries available for our Annual Lecture on a competitive basis to facilitate the attendance of those who might otherwise struggle to meet the costs of attending.

Bursaries are available for unfunded postgraduate research students and early career researchers in precarious positions as well as others on the grounds of need. SRF have 6 travel bursaries available to apply for (limited to £100.00). Should travel bursary awardees require accommodation, you are responsible for the organisation and cost of this.

Application for bursaries are available on the registration form. Deadline for bursary application is 23rd September 2019, 17.00 BST. Decisions will be communicated by the end of September.

*Please note, if you were awarded any of the following for the year 2019, you are not eligible for a bursary for this event: ECR conference funding award, a place on the ECR writing retreat, a bursary for Making your own Sociological Board Game, a bursary for Thinking on the Move, a bursary for Towards a Red Feminist Horizon and a bursary for Early Career Researchers’ Workshop: Decolonizing Methodologies.