1st Edition

Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education Bringing Decolonial Theory into Contact with Teaching Practice

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book brings together voices from the Global South and Global North to think through what it means, in practice, to decolonise contemporary higher education.

    Occasionally, a theoretical concept arises in academic debate that cuts across individual disciplines. Such concepts – which may well have already been in use and debated for some time - become suddenly newly and increasingly important at a particular historical juncture. Right now, debates around decolonisation are on the rise globally, as we become increasingly aware that many of the old power imbalances brought into play by colonialism have not gone away in the present.

    The authors in this volume bring theories of decoloniality into conversation with the structural, cultural, institutional, relational and personal logics of curriculum, pedagogy and teaching practice. What is enabled, in practice, when academics set out to decolonize their teaching spaces? What commonalities and differences are there where academics set out to do so in universities across disparate political and geographical spaces? This book explores what is at stake when decolonial work is taken from the level of theory into actual practice.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Third World Thematics.

    Introduction: Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education

    Shannon Morreira, Kathy Luckett, Siseko H. Kumalo and Manjeet Ramgotra

    1. Resurrecting the Black Archive through the decolonisation of philosophy in South Africa

    Siseko H Kumalo

    2. Decoloniality, Spanish and Latin American studies in Australian universities: ¿es un mundo ch’ixi posible?

    Danielle H. Heinrichs

    3. Decolonising sociology: perspectives from two Zimbabwean universities

    Simbarashe Gukurume and Godfrey Maringira

    4. Initiating decolonial praxis: childhood studies curricula in an English university

    Dimitrina Kaneva, Jo Bishop and Nicole E. Whitelaw

    5. Decolonising the school curriculum in South Africa: black women teachers’ perspectives

    Pryah Mahabeer

    6. Ubuntu currere in the academy: a case study from the South African experience

    Mlamuli Nkosingphile Hlatshwayo, Lester Brian Shawa and Sabelo Abednego Nxumalo

    7. Place and pedagogy: using space and materiality in teaching social science in Southern Africa

    Shannon Morreira, Josiah Taru and Carina Truyts

    8. Methodology and academic extractivism: the neo-colonialism of the British university

    Melany Cruz and Darcy Luke


    Shannon Morreira is anthropologist and senior lecturer in the Humanities Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research centres on the impact of coloniality on knowledge systems.

    Kathy Luckett is a sociologist of higher education and works as a policy researcher in the Institutional Planning Department, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Siseko H. Kumalo is the Editor of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines and the recent edited volume entitled Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience (HSRC Press). His research focuses on higher education decolonisation, epistemic justice, along with feminism and queer theory.

    Manjeet Ramgotra is a political theorist at SOAS University of London, UK. Her research examines republicanism in classical European and postcolonial political thought.

    "This book is a good read. It inspires us to see the complexities and challenges of addressing DCP in the social sciences and humanities. I would highly recommend it to audiences that include faculty and graduate students in the fields of higher education, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), and decolonial studies." - Riyad A. Shahjahan, Educational Review