JOMBA! Set to Thrill Audiences

JOMBA! Set to Thrill Audiences
Seen are some of the artists scheduled to perform during the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival.

The annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (within the College of Humanities) has announced its international guests for this year’s 19th edition.

This year’s Festival, which takes place in various venues around Durban from 23 August to 3 September, promises a feast for dance and theatre lovers with a jam-packed programme featuring some of the world’s most innovative dance theatre work.

International acts featured include Germany’s steptext dance projects, Benin dancer and choreographer Marcel Gbeffa and INTRODANS from The Netherlands.

The Festival will open with a stellar international partnership with the Johannesburg-based Vuyani Dance Theatre and Germany’s steptext dance projects. In a profound meeting of Europe and Africa, choreographers Gregory Maqoma and Helge Letonja (Bremen, Germany) join forces to create “Out of Joint”.

JOMBA!’s long-term vision to honour the African continent and to continue to make artistic connection with the rest of Africa, manifests in this year’s hosting of Gbeffa.  With support from the Alliance Française (Durban), the Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, Gbeffa will perform his acclaimed solo work “Et Si ...” 

Gbeffa uses a repetition of animal movements, which he then adapts to his human dancing body before transforming the dance into involuntary and spontaneous animalistic reflexes. It is a bold and masculine work whose origins lie in the zeitgeist of West Africa.

He will also be conducting the annual Festival residency with five KwaZulu-Natal dancers: Bonwa Mbontsi, Tegan Peacock, Steven Banzoulu, Sibonelo “China” Mchunu, and Kim McCusker-Bartlett. The culmination of the residency will be shown at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

Dutch favourites, INTRODANS, join JOMBA! on a third Festival visit to offer a programme (three performances) of dance works from their award-winning repertoire. Considered one of Europe’s leading touring companies, INTRODANS works in a neo-classical ballet idiom that will delight both ballet and contemporary dance-lovers alike. They have titled their JOMBA! 2017 programme “WONDERLAND” which features a “wonderland” of works by choreographers Hans van Manen, Ton Wiggers, Cayetano Soto and Alvin Ailey’s new artistic director, Robert Battle. Their work is always witty, technically supreme and full of beauty. 

INTRODANS collaborates with Durban’s FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY in a special work that premieres at the Festival. JOMBA! has taken on the mandate to support disability dance practices in KwaZulu-Natal and has done so in a bid toward inclusivity around dance.

INTRODANS’s Artistic Manager, and celebrated Choreographer, Adriaan Luteijn will be spending three weeks in Durban working with FLATFOOT and four specially auditioned dancers with Down Syndrome to create the Durban version of “Cardiac Output”. 

JOMBA! hosts its usual platforms of the Fringe (29 August) with 10 new works; the Youth Fringe (27 August), and a full programme of workshops and master classes by all of the participating dancers and choreographers.

The Festival will take place at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre on 27 August at 14h30 (free entry), KZNSA Gallery on 28 August from 18h00 (R50) and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

UKZN Drama and Performance Lecturer and Festival Director Ms Lliane Loots said, ‘JOMBA! offers a unique cultural and artistic engagement with one of South Africa’s most controversial art forms – contemporary dance! JOMBA! is one of three remaining dance festivals in our country and as such offers a unique space for Durban audiences to immerse themselves in some of the world’s finest dance offerings. The 2017 Festival is a bumper edition – book early!’

Tickets go on sale at Computicket or one hour before the performance (R60 or R45 for scholars/students/pensioners).

For a full listing of the programme and workshops go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za.  Workshops and classes are offered free of charge (dancer over 16yrs only), booking is essential via jombafestival@gmail.com. Facebook (JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience) and Twitter (Twitter@Jomba_dance).

The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is under the artistic direction and curatorship of Lliane Loots and is organised and hosted and run by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), and is supported primarily by the eThekwini Municipality.

Words by: Melissa Mungroo


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UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN

UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN
UKZN has secured Research collaborations with TIKZN.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), the agency tasked with promoting KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination.

The partnership was established through a Masters student from the Graduate School of Business and Leadership, Ms Yvonne Iyer who made Dr Muhammed Hoque, Academic Leader: Research aware that she had made contact with TIKZN which in turn had shown great interest in partnering with the University.

Speaking about the agreement, Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership, Professor Theuns Pelser said the partnership will greatly benefit both the School and the University.

‘Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal has a research and development department whose focus is on research related to business. Therefore, we have a common goal when it comes to research which will help investigate the problem currently the business society is facing which can be investigated through our student research project or by our staff,’ said Pelser.

As part of the MoU the two institutions will also collaborate in research opportunities for Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research; staff and student exchange programmes as well as possibly facilitating internship programmes for students of the University.

Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal will also be partnering with the GSB&L for a breakfast seminar which the School plans to organise on a regular basis. 

Words by: Reatlehile Moeti


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Rising Star in Astrophysics is One to Watch

Rising Star in Astrophysics is One to Watch
Ms Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana has a bright future and is on her way to achieving big things.

To show support for National Science Week (5-12 August) and National Women’s Day, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science is honouring its Wonder Women in Science through a series of articles. These are passionate, pioneering and persistent heroines who are “making waves in the field of science”.

Ms Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana is one of the wonder women, having been chosen for her ambition, love for science and her passion for empowering future generations. Here is her story which serves as an example of how determination, hard work and self-belief can set you on the path for success.

To say that Sikhosana was destined to walk a path in Science is no understatement. She recalls that she was a very curious child and discovered her love for the sciences while doing Natural Science projects in high school. ‘Science was the only subject that satisfied my curiosity,’ she recalls.

Since joining UKZN in 2011 she has proven to be a stellar student, obtaining her undergraduate and honours qualifications cum laude. Between 2011 to 2013 she was among the top performing students in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. She was also invited to join UKZN’s Golden Key Honours society, which recognises the top students at the University. In 2014, she won the Hope Scholarship, which allowed her to visit Princeton University in the United States for a month. In 2015, she won first prize at the CAES Postgraduate Research Day for her oral presentation.

Currently she is pursuing a PhD qualification with UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU). Her research focuses on galaxy clusters. ‘We observe galaxy clusters at radio wavelength in search of diffuse emission that exists in the intercluster medium. The study of this diffuse emission helps us in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters,’ she says.

Despite her achievements and sharp mind, Sikhosana admits that she suffers from imposter syndrome. ‘No matter how well I do, I feel that I still can do better or I’m not as good as the other people in the field’. To overcome this fear, she looks to her mentor Professsor Kavilan Moodley for support and inspiration. ‘He has a very strong work ethic and has been pushing me even when I didn’t believe in my abilities’.

Moodley’s mentorship helped Sikhosana to experience UKZN’s tagline, firsthand. ‘To me, inspiring greatness means to ignite a light in others, making them believe that anything is achievable.’ This is exactly what she tries to do for others through her involvement in outreach work which includes giving astronomy talks to high school pupils, as part of ACRU and College initiatives. ‘A lot still needs to be done, especially in the rural areas where students are still not aware of careers in science,’ she says.

Sikhosana wishes that, while growing up she had a female scientist to look up to, one who looked like her and came from a similar background. Through her outreach work, she hopes that children will look at her story and see their own potential.

Sikhosana believes that we need more women in science, as they will help break down barriers in the male-dominated field. ‘We need women who are passionate about their work and who believe that they are just as capable as men - even if the world says otherwise’.

Not leaving anything to chance, Sikhosana wants to secure her future by obtaining a postdoctoral fellowship. She also plans to be more actively involved in science outreach programmes.


We asked her to create a “super hero profile” for herself. This is what she came up with.

Q. What would your superpower be and why?         

      A. Flying at the speed of light because it would save me from being stuck in traffic.

 

Q. What would be your theme song?

     A. “Roar” by Katy Perry – Because ‘I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar.’

 

Q. Who would be your sidekicks and why?    

     A. My sister Andiswa Sikhosana and friend Amanda Msomi, because they have my back all day, every day.

 

Q. Where would your secret lair/ hideout be? 

     A. Do you promise not to tell? ….. Exclusive Books at the Waterfront.

 

Q. What is your kryptonite (weakness)?

      A. Impatience

 

* Each week in August, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science will present an article on each one of the five Wonder Women in Science. To read all the articles, visit: http://caes.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage/Wonder_Women_in_Science

Words by: Sashlin Girraj


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I-UKZN igubha isonto likazwelonke lesayensi

I-UKZN igubha isonto likazwelonke lesayensi
I-UKZN igubhe isonto likazwelonke lesayensi ngemicimbi enhlobonhlobo ezikoleni nasemphakathini.

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INyuvesi YaKwaZulu-Natali igubhe isonto likazwelonke lesayensi ngendlela eyisitayela kulo nyaka.

Okokuqala, abafundi basezikoleni ezingomakhelwane bathokozele okunhlobonhlobo obekwenziwa nokusebenzisa isayensi kwenziwa yisikhungo i- Science and Technology Education Centre (STEC@UKZN) ekhempasini e-Westville. Abasebenzi basebenze ngokuzikhandla bezama ukuqinisekisa ukuthi izinkumbi zabafundi bamabanga e-10 ne-11 zihlala zithokozele okunhlobonhlobo obekwenziwa okukhangisa ngezinhlobo zesayensi ezitholakala e-UKZN.

Ukuze luhlinzekele abafundi abangama-60 ngosuku, uhlelo beluqukethe izinto ezinhlobonhlobo ezibandakanya izethameli zemikhakha ehlukene yesayensi njengobunjiniyela bukagesi, izibalo, izibalomidanti, impilokwahlukana, okwemayikhroskophu, isayensi yezinkanyezi, imayikhrobhayoloji, ikhemistri, isayensi yokuphilayo, nesayensi yokungaphansi komhlaba.

Esigabeni sesibili semigubho yesonto, iKolishi lihlele imibukiso yesayensi ebizwa nge-Great UKZN Science Show-Offs ebe yimpumelelo kakhulu, le mibukiso ibingeyomndeni wonke.  Le mibukiso yesayensi ebibanjelwe ekhempasini yaseMgungundlovu neyase-Westville, ibinosaziwayo oDkt T – ogama lakhe lingu Tanja Reinhardt, uDkt Vincent Couling noMnu Ajay Bissessur beqhudelana esiteji sesayensi. Izinto abebezenza ebezihlanganisa okuqhumayo, nokunye okunhlobonhlobo zithakaselwe kakhulu yizethameli. 

Uke wafisa ukwenza isivunguvungu somlilo?   Noma irokhethi? Noma wenze isigxobo sicule? Noma wenze igagasi lidanse? Noma uthole ukuthi amakhemikhali anephunga elibi kangakanani? Ososayensi bobathathu benze isiqiniseko sokuthi banokuthize okuthokozelwa uwonke-wonke njengoba bebegila izimanga ngesayensi. 

Okubalulekile, isigaba sokugcina lemigubho yesonto likazwelonke lesayensi e-UKZN sivale ngoqweqwe kweze-ikholoji uSolwazi Colleen Downs, ethula inkulumo ngempilo yezilwane zasendle emadolobheni ikakhulukazi KwaZulu-Natali (KZN). UDowns ungumphathi we-DST/NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI) kwezenhlaliswanobudlelwano nempilokwahlukana e-KZN naseMpumalanga Kapa futhi usenqobe imiklomelo eminingi yesayensi okuhlanganisa eyakamuva nje i- 2017 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Award for Research Capacity Development.

Isonto Likazwelonke Lesayensi ligujwa minyaka yonke esontweni lokuqala kuNcwaba. Lo mkhankaso ungowomnyango WezeSayensi NobuChwepheshe oqhutshwa ngokubambisana nezikhungo zomphakathi kanye nezikahulumeni futhi uhlose ukuthuthukisa ukuqonda komphakathi ngesayensi nokukhuphula izinga lesayensi nobuchwepheshe eNingizimu Afrika.

Amagama ngu: Sally Frost


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UKZN Alumnus Nominated for Top CA Award

UKZN Alumnus Nominated for Top CA Award
Mr Julian Palliam and his family.

School of Accounting Economics and Finance graduate Mr Julian Palliam CA (SA) has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in this year’s South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Top 35 under 35 competition finalists for 2017.

The Accountancy South Africa (ASA) magazine in partnership with SAICA launched this competition to recognise chartered accountants, under the age of 35, not only for their leadership ability, personal determination and drive, but also on how these exceptional individuals give back to the community and the less fortunate bringing an extraordinary balance to their professional achievements.

Palliam recalls how while growing up in Verulam, north of Durban his grandfather Mr Dawchund Jumma inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy degree at UKZN.

‘My grandfather had managed to obtain a Bcom degree from UKZN which was extremely rare in those days, due to the laws. He was unable to practise as a chartered accountant so he ended up becoming a head master at Natest State Aided Government School.  In some way I carry the baton forward and hopefully the next generations will do the same,’ he said.

Life after university saw Palliam working and completing his articles at Deloitte, an accounting firm that provides audits, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax related services.

He then moved to Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), a natural resources corporation where he was involved in merger and acquisition deals across Africa with the largest deal worth $1.25 billion. He then joined ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) South Africa, an automation engineering company, he was appointed as the division manager for process automation having full profit and loss responsibility and managing staff of over 150 individuals across southern Africa.

As the youngest Administrative Managing Director (AMD) in Metso Group, Palliam has now established himself at the mining equipment company Metso South Africa where he is responsible for the organisations business deals and 800 employees across the African continent.

Through Metso, Palliam is able to give back to the community by working hand in hand with SOS Children’s Village, a global organisation that focuses on poor, abandoned and orphaned children who go through parental separation, domestic violence and neglect, loss of parents due to war or natural catastrophes and children affected by incurable diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

‘The philosophy of “Pay It Forward” is that through acts of kindness among strangers, we all foster a more caring and better society thus it is essential that we give back . Together we will achieve more, and hopefully make this world a better place to live in,’ he said.

Palliam recognises and appreciates the role his family has played in supporting him and motivating him to achieve all that he has achieved at such a young age.

‘My family and I are extremely proud and humbled to be selected as a finalist in the Top 35 under 35 award. It is a great achievement to become a chartered accountant but to be recognised for your efforts is an amazing feeling. I am truly blessed to have a family that has pushed, pulled and dragged me to this achievement,’ he said.

Words by: Sibonelo Shinga


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UKZN Students Attend Norwegian Summer Research School

UKZN Students Attend Norwegian Summer Research School
The UKZN team at the 2017 Summer Research School.

Three PhD students from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) recently attended the Summer Research School hosted by the University of Bergen in Norway.

The PhD students, Ms Awe Ndwamato, Mr Isaac Khambule, and Danford Chibvongodze were accompanied by their supervisor Professor Oliver Mtapuri and Mr Lawrence Ogunsanya, Academic Leader and PhD candidate.

As part of the application process they had submitted their research abstracts and motivations.

This year’s Summer Research School theme was “Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability”. The objective of the course was to analyse global challenges of poverty and climate change through transdisciplinary lenses embedded in Sustainability Science.

The UKZN academics presented on related aspects of the theme during the summer school while the PhD students engaged actively in all of these sessions and also made some valuable contributions.

Ogunsanya presented a study on sustainable built environments for low income communities in Durban.

‘The built environment is one of the major global contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus it is important to develop sustainable measures in the building industry and alleviate poverty,’ he said.

Mtapuri participated as a facilitator in Module 2 where Poverty eradication in the Millenium Development Goals/ Sustainable Development Goals (MDG/SDG) era was explored. ‘The module assessed the implementation processes of the MDGs leading to the adoption of the SDGs with a particular focus on how poverty was addressed.  It also looked at global poverty within a context of heightened insecurity and widening inequality and the issue of food security and the impact of policies on poverty and sustainable development,’ he said.

Speaking about her experience, Ndwamato said, ‘I learned about research in a broader perspective, not just in my Housing field but an overall research perspective ’

Ogunsanya added, ‘With the brief experience I had at the research school, I plan to use the transdisciplinary approach in my discipline to teach students how the built environment can achieve unprecedented levels of ecological balance through new and retrofit construction, toward the long-term viability and humanization of architecture design.’

Mtapuri stated, ‘Our immediate task at the moment is to prepare for the coming of our counterparts from the University of Bergen to visit us in August and September to facilitate some sessions and present in planned seminars in the spirit of the current MoU.’

Words by: Nomcebo Mncube


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UKZN Economics Group Contributes to Improving Writing Skills of Postgrad Students

UKZN Economics Group Contributes to Improving Writing Skills of Postgrad Students
Award ceremony attendees.

Promoting and improving academic writing abilities of postgraduate students was on the agenda as the Macroeconomics Working Group (MWG) in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) hosted an Award Giving Ceremony for Best Papers in a Writing Competition organised in partnership with UKZN Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD).

Acting Dean of Research in the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor Harold Ngalawa thanked HEARD for supporting the initiative and the students for working towards improving their academic writing skills.

‘We received a very high amount of quality papers. That shows that the students invested a great deal of time and effort in preparing their submissions. The MWG started this competition after observing that our postgraduate students are struggling to express themselves when writing their dissertations,’ said Ngalawa.

‘We sat down as a research group and decided to make a contribution in solving this writing problem. So, we decided to put together a writing competition in which we asked postgraduate students to submit research papers which were then assessed by a panel of judges who selected the winning papers,’ he said.

‘Academic writing is a skill that is acquired over time; we need to help our students hone this skill. We negotiated with HEARD and they agreed to fund the competition to the tune of R20 000,’ he added.

A paper titled ‘The Effectiveness of Bilingual Learning on the Academic Performance of First Year Economics Students’ co-authored by Ms Lenhle Dlamini, Mr Kudakwashe Chipuza, Mr Doctor Sangweni and Ms Sanaya Meherjina, won the first prize of R8 000.

Mr Adebayo Kutu was awarded the second prize of R6 000; Mr Joeseph Akande received the third prize of R4 000; and Mr Akinola Gbenga came fourth and was awarded R2 000. Each of the winners also received a certificate, a school bag and a flash disk.

As a joint winner of the best paper award, Ms Lenhle Dlamini presented the winning paper which aimed to prove that students taught in their native language combined with a second language could improve the students’ performance versus students who attend tutorials conducted in their second language.

The SAEF Dean and Head of School, Professor Mabutho Sibanda commended the MWG for their contribution to the UKZN research space and acknowledged that the initiative benefited the University immensely.

‘We know that most students go through the MWG for their research proposals and the group provides critical input to those proposals. I applaud the Group’s work in spear-heading a lot of research projects within the University. I would also like to thank HEARD UKZN for the support as they are always available to help when it comes to research activities,’ he said.

HEARD was represented by its Head of Research, Dr Kaymarlin Govender.

Words by: Sibonelo Shinga


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CCMS Students present Research at Malaysian Conference

CCMS Students present Research at Malaysian Conference
Ms Phiwe Nota and Ms Gina Coetzee attended the third International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Two students  from the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) recently presented their research before an international audience at the third International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH 2017) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ms Phiwe Nota (PhD candidate) and Ms Gina Coetzee (Masters Student) presented their research before other medical practitioners, researchers and academics from 36 different countries.

The Conference, held from 27 - 29 July, provided an opportunity for comprehensive dialogue among scholars and practitioners in the field of Public Health Communications while also offering a platform to share and explore new ideas on Public Health.

Nota’s work titled “Towards an acceptable HIV prevention technology post 2016: A comparative study of microbicides among University students in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” was well received at the Conference.

‘Attending this Conference helped me see that the work I have done is internationally credible. Also, I got to interact with the interdisciplinary forum for academicians, health professionals, public health specialists, researchers, scientists and health workers,’ she said.

Coetzee, on the other hand, presented her Master’s thesis titled “They are not friendly at all: perceptions of high school girls towards sexual and reproductive health services”. The study explores the perceptions of schoolgirls towards healthcare workers and facilities in aiding or inhibiting their access to sexual and reproductive health services. 

‘This was the first international conference I have presented at. My study was one of the few qualitative studies, and was very well received.  Being able to experience a new country, learn about other countries’ public health systems as well as meet professionals from various fields was deeply beneficial to me, she said.

Words by: Melissa Mungroo


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Engineering Careers on Show

Engineering Careers on Show
Mechanical Engineering students Mr Sanele Buthelezi (left) and Mr Mhlengi Ngubane (right) with Ms Megan Wasmuth of RCL Foods at the 2017 Engineering Career Fair.

UKZN students and external companies that took part in the 2017 annual Engineering Career Fair held at Howard College campus on 4 August 2017, were left raving about this year’s bumper event.

Among the many employers that exhibited at the 2017 Career Fair were RCL Foods, Hatch, Sanral, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Reinmetall Munitions, Defy and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). 

‘We were delighted with the positive response from companies,’ said Career Development Officer within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Ms Karuna Mahadave.

Students from Engineering had a busy start to the semester with 19 companies attending the Career Fair and several more visiting the campus for presentations during the second and third weeks of August.

The UKZN Engineering Career Fair provided a platform for graduating students to meet potential recruiters and obtain more information about opportunities available in the world of work.

It also exposed first and second-year students to the working world and the options available to them upon completion of their degrees.

‘We take quite a few UKZN Engineering students and are very happy with the calibre of the graduates that come to us,’ said Ms Tasmin Coleman from RCL Foods.

Additional career fairs aimed at the Sciences were held on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses earlier in the week.

Words by: Karuna Mahadave


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Curriculum Transformation Discussed at Seminar and Book Launch

Curriculum Transformation Discussed at Seminar and Book Launch
UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) hosted a book launch and seminar presented by Intellectual and Activist, Professor Gayatri Spivak.

To foster dialogue and discussion around curriculum decolonisation and transformation, UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) recently hosted a seminar and a book launch at the University’s Westville campus.

Intellectual, activist, and founder of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, Professor Gayatri Spivak, presented her talk titled “Curriculum Transformation in Higher Education in Asia and Africa: A Reality Check”.

The seminar was facilitated by Professor Sarojini Nadar, who is the Desmond Tutu Research Chair at the University of Cape Town.

Spivak argued that when looking at transforming the curriculum, we should always ask the question: ‘For whom was the curriculum designed? For whom has the curriculum changed?’ 

She added that when she, as an activist, looks at the situation among the lowest ranks of students in Africa and Asia, the generalisations about Higher Education seem to be unconnected to "reality" and therefore unlikely to produce the projected expectations.

The seminar was followed by the launch of the book titled: Disrupting Higher Education Curriculum: Undoing Cognitive Damage, which is edited by UKZN academics, Professor Michael Samuel, Dr Rubby Dhunpath and Professor Nyna Amin.

Discussion around the book took the form of panel discussions with the editors and the authors, chaired by Nadar.  The authors of the book included, among others, Professor Mershen Pillay, Professor Thabo Msibi, Dr Langa Khumalo and Dr Craig Blewett.

Giving a brief background on how the book was conceptualised, Dhunpath said the book had its genesis around 10 years ago, starting as critical dialogues amongst academics and culminating in the edited volume. He added that the book was an attempt to understand the complex and elusive Higher Education curriculum. Spivak’s conceptualisation of “cognitive damage” inspired the necessary philosophical, theoretical and ideological tools needed to begin the process of curriculum theorisation and transformation.

Amin said that as editors, they spent hours debating what “cognitive damage” actually was in a Higher Education context and the extent to which we as academics are complicit in perpetuating damage on our students and ourselves.

Samuel said the concept of disruption at the end of the book pulls together a diverse set of voices and contemplates the notion of curriculum without borders. He said while the book does not offer concrete curriculum solutions, it reflects on the project of undoing cognitive damage, offering glimpses into what it means to redesign an alternative emancipatory curriculum in the 21st century.

The contributors, international scholars, emergent and expert researchers, from different nationalities, orientations and positionalities, offer a rich interdisciplinary commentary on Higher Education curriculum. The diverse contributions serves as a catalytic vehicle for transformational thinking about disrupting canonised rituals of Higher Education practice.

The book, published by SENSE Publishers is available on order at Adams Books and Exclusive Books.

Words by: Sithembile Shabangu


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