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Essay competition: Should we decentre the human? If so, how?

The Forum on Decentering the Human and Global Epistemologies are organising an essay competition open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at Queen Mary.


The aim of the competition is to encourage students to explore the fascinating questions that challenging anthropocentrism raises, and to discuss these questions in an original piece of writing that may inspire them to engage further with the topic in the future.

Students should write a 500-word essay on the question ‘Should we decentre the human? If so, how?’ Students could answer this question broadly or focus on a specific topic or field. There is a £250 prize for one undergraduate student and a £250 prize for one postgraduate student. Essays should be sent by email to Dr John Adenitire ( and Dr Mario Slugan ( by 14.00 on 28 June 2024. The emails should bear the subject ‘Essay Competition – Undergraduate/Postgraduate Submission’.

The winning essays will be published on the websites of the Forum and of Global Epistemologies.



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