"Dialogical spaces for a diverse university" is one of the 2020 UT’s Incentive Fund supported Initiatives on diversity & inclusion. Its aim is to create a space for the UT community to reflect critically on our research and education systems and practices under the social justice lenses.
The "Dialogical Spaces" project had six monthly online dialogical sessions on the first half of 2021. Our first event was in January 2021, and our last webinar was on May 2021. We had dialogues between participants, guests and us on topics such as inclusive learning environment, shaping gender inclusive universities, non-normative interaction design for and with marginalised bodies, decolonial data practices, reflections over thought collectives and their roles in epistemic injustices, and decolonizing the curriculum. Cross-cutting these themes, we continuously asked: What are we doing in our day-to-day academic practices which is reproducing patterns of systemic social injustice? How are these also related to topics on diversity & inclusion? and, what can we do, at both individual and institutional levels, to address this? The recordings of these webinars (dialogues) are available here.
After, these dialogues we had interviews with the invited guests for each of the sessions and with UTwente community members at all levels working on the discussed topics. With these dialogues, their audio recordings, and further interviews with our webinar guests and other members if the UTwente community, we created a podcast series called "Dialogical Spaces". The podcast series got launched on October 7, 2021 with its first episode, during the University of Twente's Diversity Week and it was finalized in April 14, 2022. You can find the podcast series at Spotify, Google Podcast, and Apple Podcast.
If you want to contact us about the project (webinars and podcasts), ideas, or just simply to chat on issues of "DE&I", send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, If you want to read more on the context of this initiative and a bit more on the way it will be implemented you can find it below.