Conference theme

Education in an era of decolonization and transformation.

Our collective pulse quickens as demands for transformation and decolonization become more urgent! What do these words mean and what do these calls amount to? Did the transformation agenda not bring about the required changes? Is decolonization replacing transformation? Can we transform and decolonize at the same time? Why do we have to decolonize if we have been transforming? These are the questions that currently plague our minds and motivate us to engage in serious action as educators and students.

Neither transformation nor decolonization are new terms, yet they remain shrouded by uncertainty. Despite the uncertainty, joys and complexity that constitutes our current education contexts – we are teaching, doing research and community engagement within an era of decolonization and transformation! The fees must fall protests and struggles was and remain a significant wake-up call to this realization! We are right in the middle of this time and space! We have many experiences, stories, contributions, progress and challenges that we have to share, whether or not we call it decolonization or transformation or even understand the full complexity of these concepts/experiences/struggles.

It is from this vantage point that this conference aims to create a space for collective dialogue/s about our experiences and how we can work towards bringing theory and practice together in courageous and imaginative ways – that make the unknown a little bit more knowable and doable. Although the conference themes speak to particular ideas within decolonizing and transformation debates, they are also broad enough to encapsulate all areas of education theorizing, engagement, research and teaching within contemporary education contexts. You are thus invited to submit your abstract(s) focusing on what you are currently teaching / researching / engaging in / experiencing/struggling with / questioning in your own / broader educational context(s). You are encouraged to be motivated by the following subthemes BUT you should not be limited by them.

Call for papers – 2nd call now closed!

We call for papers / posters / panel discussions that address one or more of the following themes:

  • Teaching, learning, research and engagement in educational contexts
  • Education for all
  • Voice of the voiceless
  • Resistance, Re-envisioning, and Renewal
  • Pathways to decolonization
  • Decolonizing Research in education

For detailed information on the themes and their sub-categories , please click here.

The conference venue

Sun Boardwalk Hotel

Located on the beachfront in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and just 4 minutes walk away from the blue flag awarded Hobie Beach. The 5 star luxurious Sun Boardwalk Hotel and Conference Centre is perfectly situated for delegates to explore Port Elizabeth and it’s beautiful coastline.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori

“I research research”

Author of epoch breaking book Decolonizing Methodologies (1999).

Indigenous activist Linda Tuhiwai Smith is a leading scholar on indigenous education and an internationally recognized guru on decolonizing methodologies.  She provides an incisive critique of the colonial hegemony that pervades research, teaching and engagement in academia.  She focuses on social transformation and decolonization in education from the vantage points of Maori indigenous communities in relation to:  equity, research, language, literacy, pedagogy, curriculum, history, science, policy, academic development, medicine, ethics, etc.

Her book Decolonizing Methodologies (1999) has become a seminal work for those who are trying to transform research and the research agenda in the global South and beyond. Decolonizing Methodologies invites us to reconsider research and science as we know it.  She provides a critical genealogy that explores the extent to which knowledge production and dissemination is premised on racist and repressive practices. Her work presents an alternate framework to decolonize and thus rehumanise knowledge practices such as research.

Professor João Paraskeva

Professor João Paraskeva

Director Centre for Portuguese Studies and Culture & Professor of Educational Leadership: University of Massachusetts

“The field of curriculum is theoretically shattered and profoundly disputed…”

Author of magnum opus, Conflicts in the Curriculum Theory: Challenging Hegemonic Epistemologies

Professor Paraskeva is a respected and renowned Global South activist who engages a radically different kind of decolonizing, transcontinental scholarship.   He has decentered the field of curriculum and its contribution to universal knowledge and education per se.  Paraskeva has reconceptualized curriculum as a canon and questions the relevance of this canon in its current form for the Global South and beyond!

His book Conflicts in Curriculum Theory: Challenging Hegemonic Epistemologies, is a magnificent coup for all those who have been epistemologically and ontologically silenced and excluded through dominant canons and ways of being.

Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Head of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute

“I think from where I am”

Author of seminal work Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization

Author of game changing book The Decolonial Mandela: Peace Justice and the Politics of Life

co editor of Decolonizing the University, knowledge systems and disciplines in Africa.

Professor Ndlovu – Gatsheni calls for a “fresh analysis of the decolonization process”.  His analyses goes beyond an untimely celebration and uncritical analyses of the genealogy and practices of decolonization within Africa thus far.  He holds a vision of a “future beyond Euro-North American-centric modernity”. A vision which constitutes an understanding of decolonization that is premised upon the liberation of all Africans and which encompasses both the political & economic and the epistemological & ontological realms of Africa and her people. Gatsheni’s reflective interpretation of the “Mandela Phenomenon” in which he posits Mandela as a “symbol of the third decolonial humanist age”, is a magnus opus in volte facing the dynamic of   decolonization –  its genealogy, practices, debates, struggles and heroes

Contact us

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