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Book Discussion: 'Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge’

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Where: Online/Room 313, Third Floor, School of Law Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS

The School of Law Anti-racist working group and the Staff Seminar Series are proud to host Dr Foluke Adebisi in a discussion of her new book Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge. This book explores how the law is entangled in colonial thought and in reproducing ideas of commodification regarding bodies and space-time. It examines the ways in which we can use theories and praxes of decolonisation to produce legal knowledge for flourishing futures. An essential intervention into the meanings of decolonisation, this book explores how such an inquiry can inform teaching, researching, and practising law.

In conversation with Dr Adebisi, will are also excited to be joined by Dr Katie Bales (University of Bristol) and Dr Beth Wangarĩ Kamunge-Kpodo (University of Reading).

Dr Foluke Adebisi is an Associate Professor at the Law School, University of Bristol whose scholarship focuses on decolonial thought in legal education and its intersection with a history of changing ideas of the 'human.' Foluke also writes about Africa, pedagogy and life in general at Foluke's African Skies. Foluke has a background in legal practice and NGO work and is the founder and Director of Forever Africa Conference and Events - FACE.

Dr Beth W. Kamunge-Kpodo is a Black-feminist food justice scholar. Beth read Law (LLB, LLM) at the University of Sheffield before qualifying as a Barrister having passed the Bar Training Course with Distinction. Prior to a PhD at the University of Sheffield, Beth was involved in public interest litigation in East Africa at national and regional levels that challenged State and corporate violations of the human rights of women. Beth is currently a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading. Immediately prior to this she was a Senior Research Assistant in the Centre for Health Law and Society, at the University of Bristol’s School of Law.

Dr Katie Bales is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on issues of welfare, labour and forced migration. She is currently writing her monograph which focuses on the political economy of State organised forms of ‘unfree labour’ including prison work, workfare, labour within immigration detention and community payback. In addition to her teaching duties, Katie is co-director for the University of Bristol ‘Centre for Law at Work’, the anti-hostile environment champion for the Migration Mobilities Research Group, a founding member of the Sanctuary Scholarships Working Group and a trustee for the Bristol City of Sanctuary Charity.

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