The Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies hosts book launch and activist dialogue.

26 Jul 2019 - 12:30

On the 22nd of July, in the department of Psychology, The Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa hosted the launch of Nadira Ormajee’s Reimagining the Dream | Decolonising Academia by Putting the Last First. This event incorporated an intergenerational dialogue between activists from #RhodesMustFall & #FeesMustFall (Alex Hotz & Simon Rankei) as well as  Prof. Faizel Ismail (Nelson Mandela School of Governance).

 Founded in April 2018, The Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa is a space for research and academic work that embraces a decolonial and feminist aesthetic and praxis for psychological work in South Africa. The Hub (as it is known among students and activists) provides a transdisciplinary space for research and activism - including conversations and dialogues- around the following research areas:

- Intersectional Identities & Oppressions

- Social Movements, Leadership, & Activisms

- Institutional Cultures & Spatial Justice

- Transgenerational Trauma

- Reparations & Reconciliation

“The book’s argument that epistemic justice requires an unlearning and relearning of being/becoming that is the decolonised self; its reimagining the relationship between pedagogy and community, theory and lived experience, are all themes that align with the work that we advance within this research Hub” said Prof Floretta Boonzaier, Co-Director at The Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa.

One of the highlights of this launch was the intergenerational dialogue that took place between the author, Nadira Ormajee, and activist from recent and early student movements. Reimagining the Dream | Decolonising Academia by Putting the Last First, presented an opportunity to further the conversations that emerged from these movements.  Reimagining the Dream | Decolonising Academia by Putting the Last First is published by the African Studies Centre at Lieden University, and is available for immediate download at

 https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/68346 .

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