The emergence and trajectories of struggles for an 'African university': The case of unfinished business of African epistemic decolonisation

@article{NdlovuGatsheni2017TheEA,
  title={The emergence and trajectories of struggles for an 'African university': The case of unfinished business of African epistemic decolonisation},
  author={Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni},
  journal={Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis},
  year={2017},
  volume={43},
  pages={51-77}
}
  • S. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
  • Published 2017
  • Political Science
  • Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis
The decolonial departure point of this article is that every human being is born into a valid and legitimate knowledge system. This means that African people had their own valid and legitimate indigenous systems of education prior to colonisation. However, the dawn and unfolding of Eurocentric modernity through colonialism and imperialism unleashed a particularly racial ethnocentric attitude that led European colonialists to question the very humanity of African people. This questioning and… 

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