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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



CODESRIA Webinar Series: Higher Education as a Site for Struggle in Africa


CODESRIA invites you to a forthcoming webinar on the recently published text Chasing Freedom. This webinar conceptualizes Higher Education as a Site for Struggle in Africa and is inspired by the numerous stories of heroic struggle in the book Chasing Freedom: Histories, Analyses and Voices of Student Activism in South Africa. Taking South Africa as the case study, the authors of the book explore how student movements comprehend and articulate their demands in the process of decolonization and Africanization of the curriculum, their transformative effect on the university and the role that a decolonized and African university should play in the pursuit of freedom.

This webinar will dive into this timeless and timely discussion that has gained expression within CODESRIA through its work on academic freedom. Since 1990, the Council’s academic freedom project sought the continuous intellectual engagement and dialogue among its members on the continent and the diaspora. The webinar intends to re-engage these conversations with young scholars who bring to the forefront the transformation of universities specifically with regard to race, gender, patriarchy, sexuality, and people living with disabilities in relation to student experiences.


Date: 16 June 2022

Time: 2-3pm SAST/12-1pm GMT

Register for the zoom event here https://bit.ly/3NWSmCP 


Moderator/Chasing Freedom book co-editor

Zukiswa Mqolombo – Commissioner, Public Service Commission of South Africa


  • Malaika Mahlatsi – Research Fellow, Institute for Pan African Thought and Conversation, University of Johannesburg

Book chapter: On the Other Side of Freedom: Lessons from “FeesMustFall

  • Bandile B. Leopeng – Owner, LEOGOLD Boxing, Psychology and Training Services

Book chapter: Psychopolitical Thoughts on Decolonisation and Conscientisation

  • Jon Hodgson – Consultant, Organisational & Systems Change, Learning & Development.

Book chapter: Asinamali? Freeing Education for a Freer Society!

  • Rekgotsofetse Chikane – Lecturer, Wits School of Governance and Wits Institute for Socio-Economic Research

Book chapter: On the Authority of Black Pain

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