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Published on Jul 2, 2011
Excerpt from the welcoming address of S.M. Mohamed Idris at the opening session of the Multiversity International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities held in Penang, Malaysia, 27-29 June 2011 under the auspices of Universiti Sains Malaysia and Citizens International. The conference brought together academics and activists from Asia, Africa, the Mideast and elsewhere to evaluate the problem of Eurocentrism in universities of the Global South. In his address, Idris, chairperson of Citizens International, reminded participants that colonialism is not just a political and economic system, but that it is a malady that has afflicted peoples of the Global South on the level of culture. He also called for the development of social sciences relevant to the lifeways of people in the Global South.
The complete address and other speeches from the opening session can be seen at the TV Multiversity channel on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/25864617