Clelia O. Rodríguez is releasing Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Fernwood Publishing and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.
Poetic, confrontational and radical, Decolonizing Academia speaks to those who have been taught to doubt themselves because of the politics of censorship, violence and silence that sustain the Ivory Tower. Clelia O. Rodríguez illustrates how academia is a racialized structure that erases the voices of people of colour, particularly women. She offers readers a gleam of hope through the voice of an inquisitorial thinker and methods of decolonial expression, including poetry, art and reflections that encompass much more than theory.
In Decolonizing Academia, Rodríguez passes the torch to her Latinx offspring to use as a tool to not only survive academic spaces but also dismantle systems of oppression. Through personal anecdotes, creative non-fiction and unflinching bravery, Rodríguez reveals how people of colour are ignored, erased and consumed in the name of research and tenured academic positions. Her work is a survival guide for people of colour entering academia.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto International Festival of Authors, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Clelia O. Rodríguez is a woman of colour and an educator, born and raised in El Salvador. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Professor Rodriguez has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Hispanic studies at the University of Toronto, Washington College, the University of Ghana and the University of Michigan. In addition, she was a leading human rights professor in the United States, Nepal, Jordan and Chile as part of a comparative study abroad program.