Virtual Book Launch – Decolonisation as Democratisation
- Date: –16:00
- Location: Zoom (contact Mats Rosengren or Otto Fischer for link)
- Organiser: The Department of Literature
- Contact person: Mats Rosengren, Otto Fischer
Section for Rhetoric
Welcome to the book launch of Decolonisation as Democratisation!
Discussion with the book's editor Siseko H. Kumalo and Patricia Lorentzoni from CEMFOR. They will be joined by chapter contributors Björn Freter and Abraham Oliver.
All interested are most welcome!
About the book
Cognisant of the globalising context in which we find ourselves, as intellectuals we ought to ensure relevance in what we teach. This orientation, that prizes pedagogic relevance, has been raised as an objection to the decolonial call, being – at times – used to resist democratic change in the South African University. The contributions in this volume highlight the implications of the global relevance discourse through revealing the impact of decontextualised curricula. Similarly, institutional democratization and decolonisation ought not to be a turn to fundamentalist positions that recreate the essentialisms resisted through calls for decolonisation. As a critical response to such resistance to democratisation, this book showcases how decolonisation protects the constitutionally enshrined ideal of academic freedom and the freedom of scientific research. We argue that this framing of decoloniality should not be used to protect interests that seek to undermine the transformation of higher education. Concurrently, however, it is critical of decolonial positions that are essentialist and narrow in their manifestation and articulation. Decolonisation as Democratisation suggests what is intended by a curriculum revisionist agenda that prizes decolonisation through bringing together academics working in South Africa and the global academy. This collaborative approach aims to facilitate critical reflexivity in our curriculum reform strategies while developing pragmatic solutions to current calls for decolonisation.