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Public Lecture | Decolonising Social Science in South Africa: Legacies and Lessons (World Experts Lecture Series)

The UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program (DSP), together with the UP Office of International Linkages and the Philippine International Studies Organization, invites you to Decolonising Social Science in South Africa: Legacies and Lessons, a public lecture by Professor Peter Vale on 6 November 2019 (Wednesday), 1:00 PM, at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The Lecture

South Africa offers a perfect case to explore decolonisation and its limits. Through the power of the English language, Anglo-Saxon ‘knowledge’ and its disciplinary systems had (seemingly) triumphed. Introduced from the 1920s onwards, the Social Sciences helped drive both modernity and industrialisation. It was they, too, which consolidated, first, then legitimised the hated apartheid system. Faced with apartheid’s ending, social scientists, with notable exceptions, turned to the increasingly lucrative ideas of policy and their making. Does South Africa’s experience help us understand why Social Science stubbornly resists decolonisation?

The Speaker

Professor Peter Vale is one of the most prominent scholars of knowledge creation and production in the Global South. He is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and Founding Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study. His research interests include social thought, intellectual traditions in South Africa, the future and politics of higher education, and the origins of international relations in South Africa, and he has published extensively in all these areas (Source: University of Johannesburg website).


The lecture is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is highly encouraged. To register, visit


Professor Peter Vale will also deliver the keynote speech in the PHISO 2019 International Conference happening at Cebu on 9–10 November 2019. Visit for more information.