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

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 Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) has a professional background in Māori and indigenous education. She is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori, Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development and Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and is Chairperson of NPM’s International Research Advisory Board. Read more >

Professor João Paraskeva

Professor João Paraskeva

Professor João Paraskeva Ph.D, University of Minho, Portugal (2004). Specializes in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Curriculum Theory and Development, Critical Theory, Qualitative Methods, Southern Theory.

João M Paraskeva was born in Mozambique where he completed his elementary and secondary education. At the age of 16, he was engaged in adult education, teaching peasants and disenfranchised populations to read and write. Read more >

Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Author of seminal work Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization and author of game changing book The Decolonial Mandela: Peace Justice and the Politics of Life and co editor of Decolonizing the University, knowledge systems and disciplines in Africa. Read more >

Contact us

XL Millennium Conference & Event Management
Logistics and Conference Organisers
+27 21 590 7900

Linda Benwell - Project Director
Heidi Campbell - Conference Coordinator

Boardwalk Hotel and Conference Centre