This virtual Forum, led by Sinfree Makoni, African Studies Department of Penn State University, seeks to decenter hegemonic epistemologies and to decolonize the Western canon to facilitate other ways/waves of knowing. Through a series of online conversations, participants in the forum will challenge the notion of the “universal truth” and discuss how the only truth that is universal is the truth of complexity. To decolonize knowledge, epistemic perspectives need to be pluralistic in ontologies, cosmologies, and insights, and the emergence of Epistemologies of the South is one such response to the decolonial turn. Joining us from around the world, the speakers will discuss the multiple approaches taken in the humanities and social science scholarship to decolonize knowledges by paying attention to complexities, heterogeneities, and multiple ontologies.
- 18 March, 9:00am EST (Eastern Standard Time), Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University
THE AGE OF UNSETTLEMENT AND THE DECOLONIAL WAYS TO REFUTURING
- 25 March, 9:00am EST, Marit Ostebo, University of Florida
MODELS AS VIRAL ASSEMBLAGES
- 4 April, 10:00am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) Elana Shohamy/Michal Tannenbaum, Tel Aviv University
A NEW MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION POLICY IN ISRAEL: THE ROLE OF RESEARCH AS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR
- 8 April, (Time to be declared), David Karlander, The University of Hong Kong
THE CONCEPTUAL ORIGINS OF SEMILINGUALISM
- 22 April, 9:00am EDT, Tshepo Madlingozi, University of the Witwatersrand
FORGING DECOLONIALITY FROM BELOW: STUDENT-FACULTY COMMUNITIES OF CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
- 23 April, 9:00am EDT, Lewis Gordon, University of Connecticut
FEAR OF BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS
If you are committed to contributing to the Forum, contact Verfaille, Johey Tonny juv12[at]psu[dot]edu.