Summer School - Decolonizing Knowledge, Power and Being 09 – 20 January 2017, South Africa


November 04, 2016


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The College of Human Sciences (CHS) at the University of South Africa will host a two-week long Summer School on Decoloniality with a focus on Power,Knowledge and Being.
The lectures and discussions will be delivered and facilitated by the following leading international decolonial thinkers and theorists: Professor Ramon Grosfoguel (University of California, Berkeley), Professor Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers University), ProfessorPumla Gqola (WITS University), Professor C.K. Raju, (Albukhary International University), Professor Sabelo Ndlovu (University of SouthAfrica)

This Summer School takes place at a crucial time characterized by an epistemic break in which the dominant Euro-North American- centric epistemology is experiencing a terminal crisis.
This epistemic crisis is opening the way for the rise of epistemologies from the Global South, bringing in a new interpretation of the human experience. What is poignantly emerging is the shifting of the geographyand biography of knowledge resulting in the privileging of the Global South archiveand other subjugatedknowledges.

The Summer School will deal with the following pertinent issues among many others:

  • Modernity, Eurocentrism andcoloniality
  • Epistemic racism/patriarchy/sexism
  • Zone of being/zone of non-being
  • Knowledge and power
  • Coloniality of being andsubjectivity
  • Development, nationalismand decolonization
  • African archive andlibrary
  • African intellectualtraditions
  • Africa and the modernworld
  • Decolonizing theuniversity

At the end of the Summer School the attendees/graduates will be able to reflect seriously and critically on the following important questions:

  • How was the modern world constituted?
  • Whoisproducingknowledge?
  • What institutions and disciplines legitimize it?
  • What is knowledge forand who benefits from it?
  • How is our social existence colonized?
  • How do we think about decolonizing being?
  • What powerhierarchies constitute the cartography of power of the global political- economy we live in and how do we go about decolonizing the world

The Summer School is targeted at graduate students and academics from South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Admission to the Summer School is on a first come, first servedbasis!


Registered participants will receive reading material and final program in preparation for the seminars, a month in advance. Classes will be conducted over ten days. These are lecture intensive seminars in which participants engage in critical discussion and reflection. Guest lecturers will be available at stipulated times (outside lecture hours) to consult with participants on theirresearch. Spaces for self-organizedworkshops and discussions will also becreated.

Registration & Fees

Prospective participants will be expected to complete a registration form that must be submitted to no later than 04th November 2016.
Please note that the Summer School is capped at 100 participants. Participants will be accepted ona first come, first servedbasis.

Upon submission of the completed registration forms, participantswill be required to pay a fee ofR5000.00. This fee is inclusive of tuition and lunch for the duration of theSummer School (09-20 January 2017 excluding the weekend).
Please note that the fees are payableby 30 November 2016. Banking details where the fee must be deposited are in the RegistrationForm.


Please note that participants are
responsible for reserving their own accommodation for the duration of the Summer School. Participants are advised to secure their accommodation well in advance of the commencement of the Summer School.


A shuttle service will be available at scheduled times in the day to certain venues without cost. Outside of these times, participants will be expected to make their own transport arrangements should they need to leavecampus.

For more information click "Further official information below".

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September 19, 2016
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