African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika) colloquium

Posted on October 31, 2019

The Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria had the privilege of hosting two consecutive events this past September break. First of these events, was the African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika) and the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRASSHE) one-day international research colloquium, titled “Towards decolonising teaching and research: Perspectives and experiences in history and social sciences education”. Prof Johan Wassermann, Dr Denise Bentrovato and Ms Dominique du Toit helped to organize this event. It was an honour to have our very own Siseko H. Kumalo deliver the keynote address on claims of epistemicide in South Africa. His paper addressed the existence of a black archive which constitutes of the works of Black or Indigenous literato, musicians, poets and artists who continued to think about the Fact of Blackness even when they were excluded from institutions of knowledge production. This created the space for excellent dialogue, as well as set the scene for excellent presentations from fellow international and national scholars. IRAHSSE was so generous as to provide sponsorship for 10 African scholars to attend the colloquium, as well as one year’s free membership to the association. Dr Denise Bentrovato, a staff member within the department of Humanities Education also presented a paper on textbook images and social representations of the colonial past in Congolese schools, addressing cultural decolonisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The colloquium provided important insights into an important current issue in the African continent namely the decolonisation of History and Social Sciences teaching and learning. The evening ended with a delicious meal at the beautiful Blue Crane restaurant, overlooking the water. We look forward to future opportunities for cross-continental collaboration and exchange.

Published by Thabo Masenamela

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