The Decolonial Turn and the Humanities Curriculum: Prospects, Practice and Interventions (22 - 23 November 2022)

The “decolonial turn” (aligned to the broader concept of decolonisation is a nuanced, layered and sliding signifier). Despite its conceptual slipperiness, the insights, debate and discussion that it spurs provides for a productive framework  for critiquing and thinking about the education transformation project. This takes two forms: the `epistemological' case in which decolonisation is seen as constitutive of reorganising and rethinking knowledge; and the `historical' case in which decolonisation is seen as playing an unprecedented role in reviewing and reconstituting social relations and identities in contemporary society.

This international conference proposes to investigate engagements with the ‘decolonial turn’ and to share knowledge, experience, insights and ideas around the project of the decolonisation of the Humanities curriculum. The forum will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discourse, exchange, and collaboration among a broad range of Humanities’ scholars and students.

We invite abstracts for scholarly papers and proposals for praxes-oriented sharing and engagement panel sessions that would expand critical horizons while remaining open to the nuances within a pluriversal critique.

The following list of topics is not exhaustive, but has been conceived to provoke thought and includes but is not limited to:

  • The Humanities Curriculum
  • Discipline, knowledge formations and epistemic (in)justice
  • Meaning, nature and purpose of universities
  • Knowledge and Pedagogy
  • Theories, methodologies, practice
  • Global economy of knowledge
  • Knowledge roles and the global South
  • Remaking of intellectual cultures
  • Remaking textbooks, undergraduate and postgraduate syllabi
  • Reforming institutional architectures and cultures, and intersectional erasures
  • Teaching and Learning

Panels will be organised once abstracts and proposals are received and accepted for the conference.


Abstract submission guidelines

Please send abstracts for individual oral presentations of no more than 300 words; and proposals for panel sessions (to include names of proposed speakers/facilitators) of no more than 500 words. To submit your abstract, please login to the platform here. Please use the subject heading “Abstract 2022” and include your university affiliation details, relevant contact information, as well as a short biography of up to 150 words.

Submission deadline and key dates (via the PORTAL)

  • Abstract submission deadline 30 September 2022
  • Notification of abstract/proposal acceptance 10 October 2022
  • Abstracts/Proposals published online 14 October 2022