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Conference on teaching history in South Africa – Call for Papers

By 30th July 2019August 8th, 2019Events

The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) is calling for the submission of papers to be presented at a two-day international conference taking place in Pretoria on the 26th and 27th September this year. The conference, entitled ‘History Education and the State’, is being hosted in partnership with the African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika) and the University of Pretoria’s Department of Humanities Education.

The conference will follow the international research seminar, ‘Towards Decolonising Teaching and Research: Perspectives and Experiences in History and Social Sciences Education’. The seminar has been jointly organised by AHE-Afrika and the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education, and will take place on the 25th September 2019.

Around the world, debates have been unfolding about the need to reckon with the legacy of colonialism in a postcolonial world. In the global south and the global north alike, voices have risen against an observed educational inertia mirroring the continuing societal challenges of facing the colonial past and its persisting effects in the present. Such debates have showed the urgency of decolonising school and university curricula for the purpose of ‘ending the domination of Western epistemological traditions, histories and figures’ (Molefe 2016:32) which have long been elevated to the status of universal knowledge. In South Africa, these calls have recently taken centre stage as student movements have mobilised to demand an overhauled free, ‘decolonised’ quality education”

Extract from Call for Papers Pretoria AHE IRAHSSE 2019

Should you wish to attend either the research seminar or the conference, please make contact with AHE-Afrika Co-director, Dr Denise Bentrovato. For prospective participants, abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a brief biography of no more than 100 words, should be sent via email to Dr Bentrovato: The closing date for submissions is the 1st August 2019.

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