1st Edition

Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Production

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book discusses the status and importance of decolonisation and indigenous knowledge in academic research, teaching, and learning programmes and beyond.

    Taking practical lessons from a range of institutions in Africa, the book argues that that local and global sciences are culturally equal and capable of synergistic complementarity and then integrates the concept of hybrid science into discourses on decolonisation. The chapters argue for a cross-cultural dialogue between different epistemic traditions and the accommodation 'Indigenous' knowledge systems in higher education. Bringing together critical scholars, teaching and administrating academics from different disciplines, the chapters provide alternative conceptual outlooks and practical case-based perspectives towards decolonised study environments.

    This book will be of interest to researchers of decolonisation, postcolonial studies, higher education studies, political studies, African studies, and philosophy.

    Foreword - Planetary Decolonisation and Ecologies of Knowledges

    Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni


    Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Abraham Brahima & Irina Turner

    1. The Emergence of Decolonisation Debates in African Higher Education: A Historical Perspective

    Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis

    2. An Integrated Approach towards Decolonising Higher Education: A Perspective from Anthropology

    Vanessa Wijngaarden and Grace Ese-osa Idahosa

    3. Rethinking Linguistics at Nelson Mandela University: Emerging Decolonial Insights

    Jacqueline Lück

    4. ‘What is the Point of Studying Africa in Europe?’ A Micro-ethnographic Study of Decolonising African Studies through International Post-graduates in Germany

    Irina Turner

    5. The Relationality of Knowledge and Post-colonial Endeavours – Analyzing the Definition, Emergence and Trading of Knowledge(s) from a Network Theory Perspective

    Iris Clemens

    6. Conceptual Decolonisation, Endogenous Knowledge and Translation

    Abraham Brahima

    7. Linguistic Coexistence and Controversy in Algerian Higher Education. From Colonialisation via the Arabisation Movement to the Adoption of Hybridity

    Abbes Sebihi and Leonie Schoelen

    8. Class and Literature: Cross-cutting Theorisations and Practices of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Mao Zedong in Education

    Mingqing Yuan

    9. ‘Borrowed’ Languages in Africa: a Reflection on the Reader-Writer Imaginary;

    Tsevi Dodounou and Billian K. Otundo

    10. Must Decolonisation Occur on an Island? The Role of Occupation in Developing Future Visions within the #Rhodes Must Fall Movement

    Antje Daniel

    11. Decolonisation of knowledge on Land Governance as per Higher Education – An ethnographical experience from West Africa

    Lamine Doumbia

    Epilogue: A long way towards a Decolonial Future in African Higher Education: An alternative Perspective from Hybridity

    Irina Turner, Emnet Woldegiorgis, Abraham Brahima


    Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Ali Mazrui Center for Higher Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published several academic works on theories of regionalisation, student mobility, cost-sharing, partnership models, and harmonisation of higher education systems in Africa.

    Irina Turner holds the position as Academic Councillor at the chair of African Language Studies I at Bayreuth University, Germany. Her research interests are interdisciplinary questions of cultural and media studies, political communication, and applied linguistics with a focus on multilingualism in South Africa.

    Abraham Brahima is currently a Research Associate at the African Centre for Advanced Studies (CAHE, Université d’Abomey-Calavi), Benin. His research and teaching interests include African philosophy, philosophy and sociology of science, theory of knowledge, language policies in Africa, and postcolonial translation.