Public lecture series: Curriculum transformation matters: The decolonial turn


Public lecture series: Curriculum transformation matters: The decolonial turn

9 May

Prof Norman Duncan, Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a public lecture on transformation presented by Prof Crain Soudien, Chief Executive Officer: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Title: Debates in the Decolonisation Movement and their Relevance for Curriculum Renewal in South African Higher Education

Date: Wednesday, 31 May

Time: 17:00–18:30

Venue: Senate Hall, Administration Building, Hatfield Campus

Dress: Daywear

Enquiries: Ms Maliga Govender, 012 420 2444

  • Persons with disabilities are kindly requested to contact Neo Maseko on 012 420 2631 if assistance is required.

There are two major positions emerging in the decolonisation discussion in South Africa, that of black intersectionalism and that of post-humanism. Their contributions are motivated by a common rejection of the historic displacement of African epistemologies and value-systems, but they develop, in seeking to make sense of the problem, very different arguments about how to deal with it. The lecture works with these two positions to examine how the insights and learnings they have brought to the discussion of the production of knowledge can inform curriculum development in the higher education sector.

Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include three books, three edited collections and over 190 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a publication entitled ‘Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education’.

He is also the co-editor of three books on District Six, Cape Town, a jointly edited book on comparative education and the author of The Making of Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa: Race, Culture and Schooling, the author of Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School, and the co-author of Inclusion and Exclusion in South Africa and Indian Schools. He was educated at the University of Cape Town and UNISA, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is the

Chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, the former Chairperson of the District Six Museum

Foundation, a former President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, had been the

Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and is currently the Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee to evaluate textbooks for discrimination. He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.

– Author Department of University Relations

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