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Virtual launch – Decolonisation as democratisation

20 April 2021
14:00 - 16:00

20 APRIL 2021  |  14:00 – 16:00


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Decolonisation as democratisation considers three factors that define the debate in South Africa on the decolonisation of the academy: educational aspiration, competing interests and political contestation. The book explores an academic system that attempts to serve two masters, the first being the historical beneficiaries of the academy (i.e. whiteness) and the second being those who pin their hopes on the system in order to escape abjection (i.e. blackness or indigeneity).

The book highlights how the recent thrust of decoloniality protects the ideal of academic freedom and presents an argument that this ideal should not be used to protect the interests of the historical beneficiaries.


Siseko Kumalo (Editor), holds a Master of Arts (Cum Laude) in Political Philosophy from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences. He received his formative training from Rhodes University where he read in Political and International Studies, Anthropology and Philosophy

Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse (Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts), a dual-title Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Zinhle is currently on a assistantship with the Humanities Institute (2020-2021).  She specializes in Critical Philosophy of Race, Black existentialism, Black Feminism(s) (US and South African), and African Philosophy. She completed her MPhil in Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar

Dr Jason Arday ( Durham University), Assistant Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Higher Education and Social Inequality, Durham University, UK. He is the Co-Editor of the highly acclaimed Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave) with Professor Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dr Jess Auerbach (North West university), Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology. Expertise: Angola, Mauritius, contemporary ethnography