Conference Closure Round Table 2: Epistemologies from the Global South and our Role as Engaged Intellectuals

Panel Time: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:30


Nina Schneider, GSSC
Anne Storch, GSSC


This roundtable self-critically reflects upon our own role in reifying or contesting the global (re)production of knowledge and its unequal power relations. To what extent do scholarly concepts, methods and cultural representations structurally reproduce epistemic asymmetries e.g. by reinforcing a simplistic divide between the so-called “North” and “South”? What is our role as scholars and engaged intellectuals in problematizing such categories? To what extent do actors and intellectuals from the Global South remain excluded from processes of knowledge production and knowledge circulation? Do post-postcolonial, decolonial and other “global south theories” lead the way towards a major epistemic transformation or else, what are the challenges? The panel seeks to investigate forms and mechanisms of epistemic exclusion and silencing from a variety of disciplines. It aims to advance scholarly practices that promote a more egalitarian production of knowledge. 


  • Ana Deumert, University of Cape Town
  • Claudio Pinheiro, Sephis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Paulin Baraka Bose, Uganda Christian University
  • Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape