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Framing a decolonial view of knowledge and information stewardship
25 October 2023 | Story Kamva Somdyala. Photos Nasief Manie. Read time 5 min.
Professor Jaya Raju’s scholarship journey has culminated in a need to question western, dominant epistemology used in research and especially that which involves local and indigenous communities.
This Professor Raju professed during her recent inaugural lecture, titled “Leading a ‘decolonial turn’ in research methodology from a knowledge and information stewardship perspective” held on Wednesday, 18 October, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Chris Hani Lecture Theatre.
“The discipline of knowledge and information stewardship is there to encapsulate robust, critical and responsible curation of data, information and knowledge which are entrusted into the custodianship of this discipline; a diversity of information that goes beyond libraries and memory institutions,” Raju explained.
“The revolution of this discipline is evidenced here at UCT with its libraries; with scholarly communication initiatives such as open access as a public good in its various iterations, hosting a continental platform for African open access publishing within a social justice framework, creative research landscape analysis services for collaboration and other research opportunities.”
Raju is the head of the Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship in the Faculty of Humanities. She is a specialist researcher and author of library and/or information science (LIS) education and its epistemological implications for the discipline and for professional practice.