International Conference on Decolonising the Curriculum in the context of African Thought

International Conference on Decolonising the Curriculum in the context of African Thought

Dr Nompumelelo Zodwa Radebe

The Department of Anthropology and Development studies is gearing up for its second virtual international annual conference taking place from the 24 until the 25th August 2023.

The theme for the conference is “Decolonizing the curriculum in the context of African thought “The two days long virtual conference will be the second conference hosted by the department.

Prof Gorge Shava from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe will be one of the keynote speakers. His keynote address will be  on: “Recalibrating Higher Education in Africa to Address Historical Injustice; A Transition towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and Beyond. The future we want.”

According to Clasper Monyela who is a lecturer in the department of Anthropology the inaugural conference which was held last year was a success . “ Most of our students who presented their work last year graduated during this year’s graduation.  Some of them are submitting dissertations and thesis for examination this year of 2023” said Monyela.

The idea is to stimulate a serious conversation among African scholars and intellectuals and progressive Africanists on the contentious and emotive subject of decolonizing curricula within modern/colonial university institutions, sharing ideas on prospects and challenges. The contributions from senior scholars, mid-career,  junior scholars and students from different disciplinary backgrounds, including those from interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary transdisciplinary nondisciplinary, and post-disciplinary backgrounds are welcome.

The full papers were rigorously assessed by at least two reviewers. This event promises to uplift UNIZULU’s international standing and further electrify research, teaching and learning as well as community engagement in the institution, as researchers make their contributions to the 2023 edition hosted by UNIZULU.

The conference will open  with a keynote address from Dr Nompumelelo Zodwa Radebe who is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of South Africa and closes with a panel discussion(Key learning from different day’s sessions) between distinguished senior scholars and the way forward leading to ADSC2024 Conference.

  • Precious Shamase