Bonus Episode: Decolonising Science 101

Surprise - you get a bonus episode! While the Femmes of STEM examines science and science history through a feminist lens, there's another framework near and dear to your hosts queer, brown heart: postcolonial studies! How do postcolonialism and science intersect? Very deeply, it turns out. So in this bonus episode of the podcast, instead of our usual feature on a historical woman in science, we deviate from format to talk theory with Alexis Takahashi of the Free Radicals Collective. Let's get to it!

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Show Notes, References, and Further Reading

Alexis Takahashi and Free Radicals

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Free Rads: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Decolonising Science


Intersectionality as a Blueprint for Postcolonial Scientific Community Building. 2016. Prescod-Weinstein, Chanda. Medium.

Humbling Astronomy: The Politics of the 30 Meter Telescope. 2016. Free Radicals. (podcast)

Hood Biologist Explains How to Decolonise All the Science. 2017. Alexis Takahashi. Free Radicals.

We Need Decolonial Scientists. 2016. Shay-Akil. Decolonize All The Things.

We Need a Decolonized Not A Diverse Education. 2016. Zoé Samudzi. Harlot Media.

Rethinking the Narrative of Mars Colonisation. 2015. Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos. Other Sociology.

Decolonising Science Reading List. 2015. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. Medium.

Journal Articles

Iseke-Barnes, J.M., 2008. Pedagogies for decolonizingCanadian Journal of Native Education31(1), p.123.

Schiebinger, L., 2004. Feminist history of colonial scienceHypatia19(1), pp.233-254.


Dussel, E., 1997. The Invention of the Americas. Eclipse of" the Other" and the Myth of Modernity.

Joseph, G.G., 2011. The crest of the peacock: Non-European roots of mathematics. Princeton University Press.

Harding, S.G., 1998. Is science multicultural?: Postcolonialisms, feminisms, and epistemologies. Indiana University Press.

Harding, Sandra, 2006. Science and social inequality: Feminist and postcolonial issues. University of Illinois Press.

Harding, Sandra, 2011. The postcolonial science and technology studies reader. Duke University Press.

Selin, H. ed., 2001. Mathematics across cultures: The history of non-Western mathematics (Vol. 2). Springer Science & Business Media.

Smith, L.T., 1999. Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. Zed books. | Book Review

Subramaniam, B., 2014. Ghost stories for Darwin: The science of variation and the politics of diversity. University of Illinois Press.

Walker, E.N., 2014. Beyond Banneker: Black mathematicians and the paths to excellence. Suny Press.