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NEWS: ACUSAfrica Podcast - Racism's Knowledge and University Transformation

The ACUSAfrica podcast shares content around Advancing Critical University Studies.

The first episode captures Professor André Keet's presentation in a webinar on "The Contribution of Universities to Racial Justice". This event was part of the SRHE’s South West network, which is convened by Professor Rajani Naidoo (University of Bath) and Dr Lisa Lucas (University of Bristol) in collaboration with the International Centre for Higher Education Management (University of Bath) and the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (Nelson Mandela University).

In a talk entitled "Racism's Knowledge, Critical Hope and the Transformation of the University", Prof Keet discusses critical hope and the possibilities for transformation resident in the conversation between Africanisation and decolonisation. This conversation is timely and reveals the daunting project of Africanisation and decolonisation that appear to be prefigured in the knowledge that belongs to racism, which steers not only our socio-economic reality; but also our epistemic imagination.

Click here to listen to the podcast.


Professor André Keet is Research Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University; and is the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Engagement and Transformation Portfolio of the University. He is a former Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK and the 2018 Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. André is the current Chairperson of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Higher Education Transformation in South Africa and has served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the South African Human Rights Commission and as Commissioner on the Commission for Gender Equality. He is a former member of the Council on Higher Education and the Higher Education Quality Committee. His research focuses on four areas: critical university studies; higher education transformation; social justice and education; and human rights, democracy and citizenship education.


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