Transforming transformation in research and teaching at South African Universities
Date: 11 July 2019
Time: 12h30 - 14:00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town | Vidyo
Presenter: Professor Ronelle Carolissen, Stellenbosch University
Discussant: Anye Nyamnjoh (Doctoral candidate University of Cambridge. Thesis title: in pursuit of epistemic freedom: comparing decolonization and Africanisation)
Facilitator: Dr Adam Cooper (ESD)
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Since 2015, South African higher education institutions have done a lot of soul searching. Students have forcefully accused these places of not resonating with their cultural backgrounds, as well as continuing to valorise colonial and apartheid era reference points. Curricula have been dismissed as still dominated by authors from elsewhere. The two most prominent concepts that have been used to grapple with these issues and possible future changes are “transformation” and “decolonization”.
In this seminar, Professor Ronelle Carolissen - reflects on two projects that she recently led which used these concepts:
“Transforming transformation in research and teaching at South African Universities” (African SUN Media)- a book project involving South African scholars and a Special Issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology titled: Teaching toward decoloniality in Community Psychology and Allied Disciplines.
Prof Carolissen will speak to the political and scholarly utility of these terms and their continued relevance for South African, as well as international, higher education.
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