Sereana Naepi

Nakida, Naitasiri, Palagi

Sereana Naepi is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow whose work examines how neoliberalism in higher education is a base value that feeds inequity within our universities. As a lecturer in Sociology at the Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland she teaches courses about modernity, colonisation and the Pacific. Sereana has produced scholarship that brings to light racism, sexism and inequity in our universities through both quantitative and qualitative data.

Racism and the neoliberal academy: towards an academic manifesto

In this question and answer session we consider how racism manifests in the neoliberal environment of settler universities and how scholars who operate in the margins and peripheries of those institutions might disrupt, unsettle or trouble the centres of power, privilege and influence that regulate and monitor everyday academic life. We draw on our experiences to examine the consequences of disrupting and exposing embedded racism and microaggressions and to determine how we can dismantle the exisiting organisation of knowledge and control in higher education to rebuild one forged from principles of equity.

Sereana Naepi