Steps towards decolonised learning

22 June 2018 | Story Kate-Lyn Moore. Photo Roger Sedres. Read time 2 min.
Artist Sethembile Msezane performs at the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on 9 April, 2015.
Artist Sethembile Msezane performs at the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on 9 April, 2015.

The all new Decolonial Winter School, coordinated by UCT’s Office of Inclusivity and Change (OIC), and with input from the Institution for Creative Arts (ICA) and the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS), will take place from 24 to 30 June.

Following movements such as Rhodes Must Fall, which called for the decolonisation of universities, decolonisation and postcolonial theory has taken centre stage in the national tableau.

The programme is described as an arts-based healing intervention by organisers. They note: “As activists coming out of the Must Fall movements, we are looking to create an alternative school that focuses not only on theory, but also doing as a necessary praxis in teaching and learning.

“We propose a pedagogy that would subvert the authoritarian structure of knowing imposed by the current order of the colonial university, and in this way, we actively take the next step towards actualising a decolonised education.”

The 08:00 to 17:00 programme takes place at Avenue Hall daily. Participants will then proceed to Hiddingh Hall for the 18:00 to 22:00 programme.

Register to attend the Decolonial Winter School.


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