Today marks the beginning of the 4th Annual UNISA Decoloniality Summers School, with the purpose to confront challenges and reject the status quo. And further to create a space for scholars to engage with issues of epistemological violence within the academic sphere and to confront the perpetual coloniality of knowledge, power and being.
The event is taking place as follow:
Date : 09-20 January 2017
Venue: Senate Hall, Unisa Main Campus
Time : 09H00 – 16H00
This year the Unisa Decoloniality project aims at allowing an opportunity for the interrogation of what it means to be human from the subject that speaks, and engage in uncomfortable conversations about what it would mean if we were to see each other as human beings and not falling into different categories of humanity.
Various topical issues including modernity, eurocentrism and coloniality, epistemic racism, sexism, zone of being and of non-being, decolonizing the universities, etc will be discussed by both local and international decolonial thinkers and theorist, including Prof Ramon Grosfoguel (University of California, Berkeley) Prof Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers University) Prof Pumla Gqola (Wits University) Prof CK Raju (Albukhary International University) and Prof Brittney Cooper (Rutgers University)
“To us decolonisation is not an arrival, but a historical ongoing and dynamic process which needs to engage imperialism and persistent colonial tendencies at their multiple levels. We therefore call for the acknowledgement of people’s agency, cultural perspectives such as identity, language, history and ethics from their own vantage point.
We also call for the space of breath” said Professor Puleng Segalo, Head of Research and Graduate Studies, Unisa College of Human Sciences.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event
For RSVP please contact Tommy Huma, on 072 218 6197 / 012 429 6390 and Edgar Rathelele on 082 059 9243 / 012 429 6930