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Strengthening Postgraduate Environments in African Academia [initiated by ISS]
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Wil Hout (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Chrissie Boughey (Rhodes University)
Sioux McKenna (Rhodes University)
Henk van den Heuvel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
B: Decolonising knowledge


This panel invites papers dealing with experiences of supporting and improving PhD supervision in Africa, or broader, the ‘postgraduate environment’. The panel will discuss issues around calls for the Africanization of higher education and the implications for the content and nature of the PhD at African universities, as well as for the process of PhD supervision. Core papers will be based on the recent SPS-EPE-CPC experiences, programmes supported by NUFFIC and by the European Union (The SPS project (2010-2015) was focused on strengthening supervision in South Africa, while the EPE project (2016-2018) focused on broader issues related to the postgraduate and research environment of universities in South Africa. The CPC project will start in 2020 and will focus on South Africa and Kenya and will again focus on postgraduate supervision and strengthening the postgraduate environment). Other papers are invited about experiences on strengthening postgraduate environments in other African countries and elsewhere [initiated by ISS; together with VU University, Rhodes University and possibly one or more Kenyan university partners – under review].