NEWS: ACUSAfrica Seminar - Decolonising African Higher Education

In the first ACUSAfrica seminar of 2022, James Isabirye, Christopher Knaus, Takako Mino and Johannes Seroto will speak to their forthcoming book, Decolonising African Higher Education: Practitioner Perspectives from Across the Continent.


The seminar will take place on Zoom on the 25th of April 2022, 17h00-18h30 SAST (GMT +2).


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Book pre-orders available here.


The seminar will explore the questions: How do we recenter indigeneity in African higher education? and, How are scholar-practitioners in Africa already doing this in practical ways?


The editors will frame how they each approach decoloniality in higher education, after which Dr James Isabirye of Kyambogo University in Uganda will provide a practical example of this recentering work. Through a project to revive the Buganda royal drums, Dr Isabirye observed a master teacher engage indigenous modes of learning to teach university students and other musicians how to play the royal drums.


About the Book

This book clarifies decolonial efforts to transform higher education from anti-Black racism, capitalist materialism, and global destruction. Writers are university administrators and faculty who challenge contemporary colonial education, exploring tangible ways to decolonise structures, curricula, pedagogy, research, and community relationships. Ultimately, we call for a global commitment to develop Indigenous African-led systems of higher education that foster multilingual communities, local knowledges, and localised approaches to global problems. In shifting from a Western-centric lens to multifaceted African- centrism, we reclaim decoloniality from co-optation, repositioning African intellectualism at the core of higher education to sustain an Ubuntu-based humanity.


About the Editors

Christopher B. Knaus is a critical race practitioner who aims to disrupt anti-Black education systems. Dr. Knaus serves as a Professor of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa.


Takako Mino is a scholar-practitioner, who studies and strives to actualise a humanising education. Dr. Mino serves as an adjunct lecturer at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founder of upcoming Musizi University in Uganda.


Johannes Seroto is a research practitioner in Indigenous knowledge systems, South African education, and colonial, post-colonial, and decolonisation studies. Dr. Seroto serves as a Professor of the History of Education at the University of South Africa.


If you have any queries, please contact Jenny du Preez at: Jenny.Dupreez@mandela.ac.za.