UP Public Lecture: Decolonising Social Science in South Africa – Legacies and Lessons
PHISO and UP-CIDS Decolonial Studies Program are very happy to announce the public lecture (free and open to public) and international conference’s keynote speech of Professor Peter Vale in the Philippines. Prof Vale is one of the most prominent scholars of global south knowledge creation and production.


Abstract:

South Africa offers a perfect case to explore decolonisation and its limits. Through the power of the English language, Anglo-Saxon ‘knowledge’ and its disciplinary systems had (seemingly) triumphed. Introduced from the 1920s onwards, the Social Sciences helped drive both modernity and industrialisation. It was they, too, which consolidated, first, then legitimised the hated apartheid system. Faced with apartheid’s ending, social scientists, with notable exceptions, turned to the increasingly lucrative ideas of policy and their making. Does South Africa’s experience help us understand why Social Science stubbornly resists decolonisation?


November 6, Wednesday, 1pm, Asian Center GT Toyota Auditorium, UP Diliman
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