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Title:Transformation in higher education: including 'The University in Africa'
Editor:Distiller, NatashaISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics (ISSN 0253-3952)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
higher education
educational reform
conference papers (form)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsdy20/33/1
Abstract:Universities in South Africa, post 1994, are committed to processes of transformation that vary in detail and emphasis according to the history, geography and the current situation of each. Such transformation has to do in first instance with addressing inherited discrepancies of access to education and to resources that have operated along the axes of race, class and gender. But it also entails confronting issues relating to sexual identities, disability and HIV/AIDS. In some of the previously advantaged/predominantly white universities transformation has not proven easy to effect. The first group of papers in this special issue agree that South African universities are not yet where they should be, even if they do not agree on where that place is, or on the nature and method of the change that is necessary to get there. Contributions in this section deal more specifically with racial discrimination (Sam Raditlhalo), the 'other' in academia (M. Neelika Jayawardane), sexual identity (Mary Hames), black and women's experiences of institutional culture (Salma Ismail), the constitutive contradictions of institutional culture (John Higgins), South Africa's indigenous knowledge systems policy (Lesley J.F. Green) and what constitutes 'English Studies' (Christopher Thurman). The second group of papers address the need to transform South African institutions postapartheid towards a greater recognition of, and engagement with, their location in Africa. They derive from a symposium on 'The University in Africa' held at the University of Cape Town in October 2006 and discuss the needs, potentials and challenges facing institutions of higher education on the continent. The papers, by Geri Augusto, Anthony Bogues, Elom Dovlo, Dan Izevbaye, Isabel Mukonyora, Alinah K. Segobye, Ibrahima Thiaw, and Nana Wilson-Tagoe, combine positions from within South Africa with those from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, the West Indies, the United Kingdom and the USA. They are introduced by an overview of discussion at the symposium, by Martin Hall. [ASC Leiden abstract]