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Decolonial Research Collaborative Inaugural Lecture

Decolonial Research Collaborative
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Inaugural lecture for the Decolonial Research Collaborative.

  • From: Friday 22 April 2022, 3 pm
  • To: Friday 22 April 2022, 4.30 pm
  • Location: Old Chemistry Theatre, Arkwright Building, NTU, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 22 April 2022, 12.00 pm
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What is the work of decolonial inquiry and what are the imperatives of researchers committed to doing decolonial work?

Decolonisation is not so much about obtaining recognition from the normative subjects and structures, but about challenging the terms in which humanity is defined and recognition (intersubjectivity and relationality) takes place. This necessitates the formation of new practices and ways of thinking, as well as a new philosophy, understood decolonially, not so much as a specific discipline or way of thinking, but as the opposition to coloniality and as the affirmation of forms of love and understanding that promote open and embodied human inter-relationality.— Nelson Maldonado-Torres.


To address these questions and to deliver the inaugural lecture we are pleased to host Professor Dr. Urmitapa Dutta, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Urmitapa Dutta

Urmitapa Dutta is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Grounded in Global South feminist decolonial praxis, her work seeks to understand and disrupt normalized everyday violence (direct, structural, and symbolic) across the spaces she is rooted in, and those that she transgresses. Working transnationally, she uses critical qualitative methodologies to interrogate the linkages between epistemic violence and myriad forms of domination codified by (settler) colonial modes of knowledge production. Urmitapa approaches decolonial praxis as a powerful mode of centring lived realities and voices of communities at the margins of national and global imaginaries. Her community-engaged activist scholarship (re)centres Global South and majority world peoples as epistemic subjects or knowledge producers.

She engages in collaborative research, teaching, community action, and multivocal writing from relationally rooted places that contend with complex relationships to hegemonic power. Through this work, she seeks to denaturalize oppressive conditions and articulate experiences and knowledges silenced by officially sanctioned narratives. Urmitapa’s decolonial praxis is profoundly shaped by her experiences growing up in the North-eastern borderlands of India, amidst contested politics of citizenship and belonging. She is currently working in solidarity with Miya people in Northeast India to theorize “from below” and (co)create communities of resistance against coloniality and state violence. She is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award (Quantitative & Qualitative Psychology Division, APA) and the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Community Research and Action (APA).

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We will also be joined by three discussants following Dr. Dutta’s presentation:

  • Daniel Rodriguez Ramirez, M.Ed., PhD Candidate in Social Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Dr Stephanie Davis, Senior Lecturer in Critical Psychology and Race, Nottingham Trent University
  • Devin G. Atallah, PhD, Assistant Professor, Decolonial Antiracism Research & Action (DARA) Collective for Healing & Liberación Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston

This is event is the inaugural lecture for the Decolonial Research Collaborative at NTU.

Booking information

The event is free to attend, please reserve your place to attend this event. Please specify whether you are attending in person or virtually in the Special Requirements field.

The event will be available to all registered attendees as an MS Teams webinar, please follow this link to access the webinar. We are also recording this event to share the footage publicly afterwards.

Location details


Old Chemistry Theatre
Arkwright Building, NTU
Goldsmith Street

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