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Dr Priscalia Khosa conquers PhD ‘obstacle course’

Graduating with her PhD in Social Work from Stellenbosch University (SU) yesterday (6 April), Priscalia Khosa was not only celebrating her academic achievement but also her victory over numerous personal challenges and obstacles to reach this point. This mother of three children aged 7, 8 and 11 completed her doctoral studies whilst juggling being a full-time …

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Announcement: Ubuntu Dialogues Seminar Exchange Fellows 2022

Stellenbosch University and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the selection of Dr Precious Simba and Dr Priscalia Khoza of Stellenbosch University and Professor Mosi Ifatunji of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Marcella McCoy-Deh of Jefferson College as Ubuntu Dialogues Seminar Exchange Fellows for 2022.   Dr Priscalia Khoza, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch …

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Dr Nadia Sanger – Creating new words, images, and signs that trouble old feminist languages

08/10/2021 It was her father, Bruce, owner of a successful sign-writing business in Salt River during apartheid, who taught Nadia Sanger to ask questions. He taught her to treat marginalised people gently, and to feed stray cats and dogs. All this while cultivating thinking that kicks against the norm. Bruce’s teaching-by-example would come to shape …

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Professor Moyo Nontobeko – Ubuntu: Sharing a planet, living well together

 3/10/2021 At a missionary boarding school around rural Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 13-year-old Otrude Moyo was punished for speaking her mother tongue of isiNdebele. An example of such shaming was having to remove ubhima (a creeping thorn) from grounds on which missionary horses grazed — with her bare hands in the heat of the day, without water. …

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Dr Allison Geduld – Ubuntu: A more radical interpretation needed to bring change

14/09/2021 ​​Did a “rainbow nation” interpretation of Ubuntu gloss over South Africa’s historic injustices too fast? Pre-empting a premature push toward unity and reconciliation, before issues like poverty, joblessness and inequality were sufficiently reckoned with? These were questions raised at a talk hosted by Stellenbosch University Museum, as part of the Ubuntu Dialogues Project. The …

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Dr Precious Simba (Student Graduate Fellow 2019) explores feminism, ubuntu, and citizenship education in Zimbabwe in PhD thesis

15/06/2021 This is the conversation that feminism needs to have with Ubuntu by Biénne Huisman In 2011, Dr Precious Simba left her job in senior retail management to pursue her passion for inspiring young women from underprivileged backgrounds. She went on to establish the Girls Development Initiative in Bulawayo, an organisation aimed at empowering girls …

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Dr Motsamai Molefe recognized as a Y2 NRF Rated Researcher

14/06/2021 Dr Motsamai Molefe’s groundbreaking research on African ethics, applied ethics, social and political philosophy has earned him a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2 Rating. Dr Molefe is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa (CLEA). According to the NRF, the rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and …

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From peacebuilding to popular culture, feminism, and traditional healing

05/03/2021 In 2021, Ubuntu Dialogues Seminar Fellows will present their research exploring the concept of ubuntu in topics ranging from peacebuilding, feminism, white individualism, human dignity, and traditional healing.  What can we learn about decolonisation and the South African law from an Ubuntu perspective? This will be the topic of the first South African hosted …

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Dr Marietjie Oelofsen appointed as Manager of the Ubuntu Dialogues Project

03/03/2021 “This appointment as manager of the Ubuntu Dialogues project is an opportunity to think creatively about ways in which institutional spaces like museums and universities could be used to facilitate and mediate conversations about the meaning of Ubuntu. I am also optimistic about its implications for transforming ways in which we live together in …

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