ABCs of KMDecolonising KM

Decolonial Subversions: New multilingual open access publishing platform

This article is part of a series of articles on decolonising KM.

In a recent article, I introduced the new initiatives that are working to decolonise research, libraries, and knowledge systems, and recommended that the knowledge management (KM) community play a more active role in progressing the decolonisation of KM. I’ve also alerted to the important role that open access publishing plays in overcoming knowledge colonialism.

Highlighting the significant momentum that the movement to decolonise knowledge is starting to gather, a new multilingual open access publishing platform titled Decolonial Subversions has been established. You can keep up to date with the work of Decolonial Subversions by following @_decolonise on Twitter.

Founding editors Dr Romina Istratii and Monika Hirmer advise that:

Decolonial Subversions is a newly established open access, multilingual, peer-reviewed publishing platform committed to the decentring of western epistemology in the humanities and social sciences. It seeks to grant more visibility to scholars from the Global South by subverting barriers and norms that govern mainstream Anglophone knowledge production and publishing. We are an international team of collaborators and like-minded researchers, practitioners and professionals from India, Ethiopia, Senegal, Namibia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Hungary, Greece, Moldova, Italy and the UK.

KM researchers who are engaging with decolonial themes are encouraged to contribute to Decolonial Subversions.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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