Decolonisation as democratisation considers three factors that define the debate in South Africa on the decolonisation of the academy: educational aspiration, competing interests and political contestation. The book explores an academic system that attempts to serve two masters, the first being the historical beneficiaries of the academy (i.e. whiteness) and the second being those who pin their hopes on the system in order to escape abjection (i.e. blackness or indigeneity). The book highlights how the recent thrust of decoloniality protects the ideal of academic freedom and presents an argument that this ideal should not be used to protect the interests of the historical beneficiaries.
Chapter 1: Educational Desire as the South African Epistemic Decolonial Turn
Part I – Concerns of and Approaches to Decolonial Agendas
Chapter 2: How to Decolonise Knowledge without too much Relativism
Chapter 3: Complexities and Challenges of Decolonising Higher Education: Lessons from Canada
Chapter 4: Beyond possession: decolonising the educational relationship
Part II – Philosophical Contextuality, Pedagogies and Decoloniality
Chapter 5: Socratic Social Criticism in Higher Education
Chapter 6: The Anatomy of Epistemicide and the search for Epistemic Justice: Towards a Relevant Education
Chapter 7: Embracing an Ethical Epistemological Approach in African Higher Education
Chapter 8: Decolonisation and Displacement: Mbembe and Decolonising the University
Chapter 9: Funda-mentalities: Pedagogic twists and turns in South African Philosophy (of Education)
Chapter 10: Futurity, Decolonisation and the Academy – Where to from Here?
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