Affirmative action and transformation in South African Higher Education
9th September 2021 : 14:00 - 15:00
Speaker: Natasha Robinson, University of Oxford (Chair); Crain Soudien, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Location: Zoom webinar, registration required
This is the second webinar in CGHE’s special series, ‘Racism and Coloniality in Global Higher Education’. You can find out more about the full series here.
This CGHE webinar series explores what global racial equity would mean for the future of higher education, and addresses the challenges of decolonising research systems and pedagogic cultures. The aim is to promote knowledge of, and commitment to, anti-racism within universities, and amongst researchers and policymakers. Contributors will reflect on colonial institutional legacies, racialised institutional cultures, and the power of ‘whiteness’, drawing on empirical research in a range of higher education contexts. Questions to address include:
- Why are the legacies of colonialism often overlooked, or erased, in favour of a ‘colour blind’ analysis of global higher education’s hierarchies and inequalities?
- Is the institutional racism of today’s universities a historical legacy or a resurgent cultural dynamic, intersected by the geopolitics of internationalisation.
- What can we learn about the structural inequalities of the global knowledge system from critical geographers and scholars in Science and Technology Studies?
- What forms of profound and transformational change would be needed to create racial equity in global higher education and research?
- How are universities, faculties and students, addressing these colonial legacies? Can owning ‘whiteness’ and acknowledging white privilege – along with the JEDI agenda (justice, equality, diversity and inclusion) – help move these debates forward?
This webinar is part of the free public seminar programme hosted by the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).