Submitted by Tim Wilson on Mon, 21/10/2019 - 12:54
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On Thursday 16th October, the Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies and Institutional Advancement hosted its last monthly seminar for the year. The seminar was presented by Professor Joyce E. King from the United States. As part of the on-going discussions on the conceptualization of the envisaged Masters and Doctorate degree in Transdisciplinary Studies, the centre invited people from the university and other institutions such as UNISA, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University, etc.
Prof King, an outstanding scholar and Sociology of Education Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta shared her knowledge on a topic titled: Decoloniality, Afrocentricity and Black Studies in the Praxis of Curriculum Transformation. Transdisciplinary Studies Director, Dr Luvuyo Dondolo, said the Centre is in a process of conceptualising the MA/PhD Transdisciplinary Studies Programme to be implemented in 2021. “The broader theme of the envisaged programme is Spatial Planning, Inequality and Heritage Studies, with a range of sub themes.”
During her week-long visit at the university, Prof King was involved in a number of activities including the Transdisciplinary Studies Forum, a Seminar and also launched her book titled, Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum, that she co-authored with Ellen E. Swartz.
Prof Joyce E. King holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University (GSU) in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She holds affiliated faculty status in the Department of African American Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, the Partnership for Urban Health Research and the Urban Studies Institute. Prof King previously has served as Provost (Spelman College); Associate Provost, Medgar Evers College (City University of New York); Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs (University of New Orleans); Director of Teacher Education (Santa Clara University) and she was the founding Head of the Department of Ethnic Studies (Mills College).