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Transforming transformation in research and teaching at South African Universities

11 July 2019
12:30 - 14:00

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)

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.

Kindly RSVP by 10 July 2019

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E:
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E:
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E:  or Wiseman Mbambo |  E:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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