3. Transforming Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Lessons for South Africa’s Curriculum

Transformation in the Humanities from Africa and African-American Studies

Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of publication: February 2019

In a bid to contribute to initiatives to transform South Africa’s humanities curriculum, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) in South Africa, hosted a two-day conference, on 18 and 19 August 2018, titled “Transforming Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Lessons for South Africa’s Curriculum Transformation in the Humanities from Africa and African-American Studies”. The meeting assessed key challenges in transforming South Africa’s humanities curriculum, drawing lessons from post-colonial decolonisation processes in Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana, as well as African-American Studies. About 225 students, academics, educationists, civil society, diplomats, and media representatives attended the conference. This report is based on discussions at the meeting, as well as on the conference concept paper.

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