Colloquium / Seminar / Symposium

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

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This is a reminder and elaboration about the colloquium “Centring Africa in Health and Social Sciences Research and Teaching”. 

The main question for the colloquium is, “how is Africa situated in health and social science research and teaching?”

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

Our intention is 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.

We are tremendously pleased that our call for participation has received such enthusiastic support – quite unexpected and the very best we could hope for.

Besides the researchers and university teachers such as Professors Wanga Zembe-Mkabile and Sandy Lazarus, Drs Thomas Nyirenda and Nadine Harker Burnhams, we are very happy to announce that two current university student leaders, Anele Bleki, student representative council (SRC) president at the University of Western Cape, and the SRC Chairperson at Stellenbosch University, Nomzamo Ntombela, have confirmed their participation.

It is also very pleasing to announce that provincial minister of health in the Western Cape, Professor Nomafrench Mbombo, has confirmed her participation.

The provisional programme can be accessed here.

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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