Being a voluntary signatory to the charter, the college invites students to study Literature according to the principles outlined below. Thus, the student shall, to the best of their ability:
  • develop a critical understanding of language, particularly the English language, as a foundation for building both reading and writing skills;
  • work from the insight that human beings are Homo fabulans and narratives shape our sense of who we are and how we make sense of the world in which we live;
  • understand how the modern world is built upon and continues to be politically and imaginatively shaped by imperialism, starting with European colonialism, and the liberation of individuals and societies is impossible without first decolonising the mind;
  • recognize that social inequality is multidimensional, such that Islamophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, and neurelitist prejudices are discursive, performative, structural, and historical, as well as being mutually co-constitutive;
  • reject exclusivist definitions and descriptions of the human and of social categories such as race and gender in favour of a critical engagement with lived realities, whilst expressing solidarity with all those who find themselves marginalised or oppressed;
  • acknowledge and act upon the understanding that anthropogenic climate change poses an imminent existential threat to Homo sapiens, but that such a threat can only be defeated by a radical and rapid grassroots restructuring of all of human societies;
  • believe communities and societies governed by non-violent socialist principles and democratic participatory decision making are likely to prove the most effective and compassionate means of establishing and maintaining a just and peaceful world;
  • engage in revolutionary non-violent direct action, such as strikes, marches, community education, lobbying, blogging, civil disobedience, boycotts and culture jamming, to defend individuals and communities from social, political, economic, and environmental injustice;
  • affirm creativity, including creative writing (including poetry, prose, and drama), as something that is of value in itself and as a vital tool for effecting both personal and political change, whilst pursuing the principles outlined herein. 

  Julian Yaqub 2019

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