UNIZULU Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 2017
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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:00

UNIZULU Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 2017
The UNIZULU HSS conference organizing committee invites you to participate in the 8th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference scheduled to take place from 18 to 20 October 2017 at the Richards Hotel, Richards Bay, South Africa.

Conference theme:
Decolonizing knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities and social sciences

Decolonization has become an increasingly popular research focus area in African studies as we continue to reflect on the continent’s developmental path from colonialism to present. Although Africa has attained political freedom from colonialism for over 55 years now, many studies document the continuous political, economic, social and technological domination of the continent through the colonization of knowledge access, production and exchange). For example, the curriculum in post-colonial African education is still reflective of the legacy of colonial education which was hegemonic and disruptive to African cultural practices, indigenous epistemologies and ways of knowing. 
 African university education has not adequately focused on the development of African epistemologies that inform research, teaching and learning at its higher education institutions. This partly explains why the continent remains locked within the margins of world affairs given the nexus between knowledge production and power, and between western epistemology and learning outcomes which produce job-seekers instead of job creators. There is therefore good cause to revisit the question of decolonization of knowledge in the continent, especially in the wake of recent calls for this by university students in South Africa in the Fees Must Fall movement. For us scholars in the humanities and social sciences, the call for decolonization of the curricula raises germane questions around the relevance of current western epistemologies and related curricula for the development realities of Africa. In other words, what are we researching and teaching, how relevant are they? Are we taking the lived experiences of our people into cognisance in research, teaching and learning? In essence, what humanities and social sciences are taught, from what epistemological standpoints and for what purposes? Similarly, how relevant are the extant scholarship in humanities and social sciences, and perhaps more importantly, how do we decolonize and Africanize knowledge access, production and dissemination in the continent as well as apply appropriate paradigms and approaches in solving our daily problems?
Submissions are therefore invited from any of the disciplines of humanities and social sciences and across disciplinary and transdisciplinary areas within the broad sphere of higher education in South Africa and Africa in general:

 Conceptualizing Decolonization and Africanization
 Knowledge production: past, present and future
 African renaissance and the Africanization of education
 Knowledge, power, citizenship and development
 Language, power and development
 Culture, tradition and indigenous knowledge systems
 Knowledge dissemination, philosophies, theories and methodologies
 Digital knowledge systems and decolonization
 Curricula, ‘graduateness’ and graduate employability
 Policy, legislation and ethics
 Internationalization (Local vs Global)
 Higher education framework and funding models
 The role of community in knowledge production
 Gender, knowledge production and transformation
 Challenges of decolonizing and Africanizing knowledge 
 Towards a sustainable framework for Africanizing knowledge production

Submissions are invited on any topic within the main theme and subthemes listed above, in any one of the following formats:
• Full Research Paper (FRP) reporting on completed research
• Research-in-Progress (RIP) paper focusing on not yet complete research, or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback, and
• Poster Papers (PP) enabling participants to interact on one-to-one basis with presenters and in Workshops.
Presentations of papers should not exceed 20 minutes.
At least one of the authors of qualifying papers must present the paper at the conference.

Qualifying papers from FRP will be published in peer-reviewed proceedings (this requires that papers be submitted to the Committee two months prior to the Conference for peer-review)

Important dates:
• Submission of abstracts  by 15 July
• Notice of acceptance by 31 July
• Submission of full final papers for peer-review ( for those wishing to submit for publication in Conference proceedings) by 31 August
• Submission of poster papers by 30 September

Abstract submissions should include:
• title of paper
• name(s) of author(s)
• affiliation
• email address
• abstract of not more than 300 words should consist of: purpose of the paper, methodology, results, conclusions, recommendations and implications.
• keywords.

Final submissions should be in Arial, font size 12, 1.5 spacing on A4.
• final Full Research Papers of 3000 - 5000 words (16 pages)
• final Research in Progress Papers of 2500-3000 words (6 pages).
• final Poster Papers of 2000 words (3 pages).

All submissions to: Nelisiwe Ndlovu: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Victor Mlambo:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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