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Peripheral pedagogical practices 
Anna Selmeczi (University of Cape Town)
heeten bhagat (University of Cape Town)
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Urban Studies (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Philosophikum, S55
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to showcase a range of pedagogical interventions that trouble notions of futurities and decolonialities. It will centre pedagogical practice as a realm of speculation and imagination, and experiment with the epistemic, geographic, or institutional edges of our learning spaces.

Long Abstract:

Continuing the work of a successful double panel that focused on embodied research and experimental pedagogies in the context of African/Urban studies at ECAS 2019, this panel seeks to showcase and put into conversation a range of pedagogical interventions and experiments that trouble notions of futurities and decolonialities. Given the wide-ranging ferment and consternation facing many in the terrain of African studies, as articulated in the conference theme, this panel will centre on pedagogical practice as a realm of speculation and imagination - as a site of both catharsis and ponder. We aim to share space with scholars and practitioners who are taking advantage of growing waves of upheaval of the epistemic status quo to propose and play out their notions of pasts, presents and futures in learning spaces. The thread connecting the projects selected for this panel will be evidences of peripheral practices that cherish the inherent, though underserved, value of interdisciplinarity, dissonance and lateral inquiry. Our own take on these draws from first-hand experiences of guiding students through a 'city research studio' programmed within the MPhil in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. The format of this panel will trade on and extend the notion of peripheral practice (referring to methodological, geographical, or institutional peripheries), inviting conventional, experimental or performative presentations that encourage participants - both panel and audience - to query the supposed edges of our disciplines and modes learning.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -