Colloquium / Health / Research / Teaching

Centring Africa in Health and Social Sciences Research and Teaching: Colloquium

Health research in the field

How is Africa situated in health and social science research and teaching?

In light of student demands for the decolonisation of knowledge as well as the positive sentiment about colonialism from the premier of the Western Cape, the aim of this colloquium is to bring together researchers, teachers, practitioners, and students to dialogue on challenges and developments within health and social science teaching and research conducted in diverse settings across Africa.

The organisers aim to provide an opportunity to present and debate research and teaching in the context of transformation and, arguably, the persistence of coloniality, in Africa-related health and social science research.

In addition to the question above, the colloquium will grapple with questions such as: What epistemological assumptions and biographies do teachers and researchers bring to studies on Africans and classes of African students? Who and what goals does social and health science studies and courses ultimately serve? Does the class, race and gender – meaning how one defines being African – of the teacher and researcher matter?

The colloquium is hosted by the University of South Africa’s Transdisciplinary African Psychologies Programme and the South African Medical Research Council-University of South Africa’s Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit. The event will be held on May 30, 2017, 9.30a-3.30p, at the Conference Centre of the South Africa Medical Research Council, Parow.

Please RSVP by 12h00 on Tuesday, May 16 2017 to For enquiries please contact Neziswa Titi at 021 938 0930 / 0441.

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