HOW INSTITUTIONS DEFANG RADICAL IDEAS OR HOW THE DECOLONISATION MOMENT LOST ITS WAY
Professor Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor, Stellenbosch University; Cyrill Walters, Research Fellow in Higher Education Studies, Stellenbosch University
This lecture will report on a five-year study of ten South African universities caught up in the throes of the pressure for decolonisation. Our focus is on the decolonisation of curriculum and the different ways in which institutions received, managed and disfigured this potentially radical idea for change. This work is, on the one hand, an account of how institutions work to keep things in a steady state but it is also a story about the blindspots in a necessary activism that made several errors of strategy in the demand for change. The presentation will conclude with pointers for radical curriculum change inside staid institutions.
Jansen, J.D. and Walters, C.A. 2022. Decolonizing knowledge. Cambridge University Press.