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Decolonising Wikipedia: opportunities for digital knowledge activism


This article describes the establishment of the Decolonising Wikipedia Network (DWN) during the first lockdown of 2020, by staff and student Changemakers at London College of Communication. It outlines the approaches used to set up and facilitate DWN as a digital knowledge activism initiative, highlighting key outcomes. This includes an extra-curricular activity for students and staff belonging to the CRiSAP Sound Arts Research Centre and in-curricula activity on the MA Photojournalism Documentary Photography course. The article provides helpful insights for readers on evolving staff-student knowledge activism projects through digital learning platforms. 


Author Biography

Ana Blumenkron

Ana Blumenkron is a graduate from LCC MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography and was an LCC Changemaker between 2020-21. Her work focuses on feminism and gender sterotypes. 

Alex Goodall

Alex Goodall is a graduate from LCC BA Sound Arts and Design (with Creative Computing), a former 2020-21 LCC Changemaker and was also a UAL Decolonising Wikipedia Assistant in 2022. 

Lucy Panesar

Lucy Panesar was LCC’s Progression and Attainment Project Manager from 2019-2022 and UAL’s Wikimedian in Residence through 2021-22. She is now working at the University at Kent as Lecturer in Higher Education. Her work continues to focus on inclusive education for social justice.