Perspectives on Decoloniality and Transformation Webinar
22 September 2020 14:00 -22 September 2020 16:00

The webinar discussion is hosted by the Free State Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State

Decoloniality amounts to a process to halt the reproduction of inequalities and marginalisation of people subject to colonisation, apartheid or other forms of domination. On the other hand, the concept of transformation refers to changes so fundamental that the identity of a system or institution itself is changed. If the majority of African countries managed to achieve some kind of political independence from former colonisers, there is still a need for genuine structural reforms, rethinking and restructuring, especially at the economic, cultural and socio-political levels where the transtemporality of inhumane socio-economic conditions of the past remain persistent. From this context emerged the narrative around decoloniality and transformation. From South Africa, to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast and other African states, modernity, that is, the hegemonic Eurocentric tradition seems to have invaded every sphere. From the global curriculum in education to the framing of human rights, environment and international law, from globalisation to the setting up of international institutions including among other, the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund, the current atmosphere has paved the way to heated debates on decoloniality and transformation. But what does this really mean?

Please RSVP to by 20 September 2020 upon which you will receive a Skype for Business meeting invite and link to access the webinar.


Dr Linda Harms-Smith, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University

Dr Moorosi Leshoele, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa.

Moderator: Dr Gerard Kamga, Free State Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State.



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