Virtual Book Launch

Siseko  Kumalo 's picture
April 20, 2021
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Local History, Philosophy, Social Sciences

The HSRC Press (South Africa) will, on the 20th of April 2021, host a virtual Book Launch of the recently published book Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience. Please click on the Link for Zoom Registration Details

The event is scheduled for 14H00-16H00 (SAST)

Book Blurb:

Decolonisation as democratisation considers three factors that define this debate in South Africa; educational desire, the historical factuality of competing interests and political contestation(s). The book explores an academic system that attempts to serve two masters. The first being the historical beneficiaries of the sector (i.e. whiteness) and secondarily those who pin their hopes on the system in order to escape the shackles of abjection (i.e. Blackness/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 interests of the historical beneficiaries. 

Book Contents

Foreword (Walter D. Mignolo - Duke University, USA) 


Chapter 1: Educational Desire as the South African Epistemic Decolonial Turn (Siseko H. Kumalo)

Part I – Concerns of and Approaches to Decolonial Agendas 

Chapter 2: How to Decolonise Knowledge without too much Relativism (Veli Mitova - University of Johannesburg, RSA) 

Chapter 3: Complexities and Challenges of Decolonising Higher Education: Lessons from Canada (Sharon Stein, Vanessa Andreotti, Dallas Hunt & Cash Ahenakew - University of British Columbia, CA) 

Chapter 4: Beyond Possession: Decolonising the Educational Relationship (Fatima Pirbhai-Illich - University of Regina, CA & Fran Martin - University of Exeter, UK) 

Part II – Philosophical Contextuality, Pedagogies and Decoloniality 

Chapter 5: Socratic Social Criticism in Higher Education (Siseko H. Kumalo) 

Chapter 6: The Anatomy of Epistemicide and the search for Epistemic Justice: Towards a Relevant Education (Teboho Lebakeg)

Chapter 7: Embracing an Ethical Epistemological Approach in African Higher Education (Bjoern and Yvette Freter -  Knoxville, USA)  

Chapter 8: Decolonisation and Displacement: Mbembe and Decolonising the University (Abraham Olivier - University of Fort Hare, RSA) 

Chapter 9: Funda-mentalities: Pedagogic twists and turns in South African Philosophy (of Education) (Ulrike Kistner - University of Pretoria, RSA) 


Chapter 10: Futurity, Decolonisation and the Academy – Where to from Here? (Siseko H. Kumalo) 

Afterword (Siphamandla Zondi - University of Johannesburg, RSA) 

Siseko H. Kumalo 

Contact Info: 

Siseko H. Kumalo, (University of Pretoria) 


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