Episode 4: Overuse of the term “Decolonisation”


  • coloniser’s model vs decolonial vision
  • premature death
  • decolonising the university
  • reformist vs. revolutionary work



Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Concept & Content Development
Thando Tilmann and Tamar Sarkissian

Film Team
Dr. Johanna Ickert, René Arnold and Andrew Berry


Benyera, Everisto, and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni. “Fees Must Fall: Lessons from Student Struggles in South Africa.” Kujenga Amani, January 5, 2017. https://kujenga-amani.ssrc.org/2017/01/05/fees-must-fall-lessons-from-student-struggles-in-south-africa/.

Hlatshwayo, Mondli. “Solidarity During the ‘Outsourcing Must Fall’ Campaign: The Role of Different Players in Ending Outsourcing at South African Universities.” Politikon 47, no. 3 (2020): 305–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2020.1795993.

“Life Expectancy at Birth.” 2022. Chart. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/indicators/indicator-details/GHO/life-expectancy-at-birth-(years).

Morreira, Shannon, Kathy Luckett, Siseko H. Kumalo, and Manjeet Ramgotra. Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education: Bringing Decolonial Theory into Contact with Teaching Practice. London: Routledge, 2021. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003159278.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J. “Decolonizing the University and the Problematic Grammars of Change in South Africa”. Speech, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2016. University of South Africa. https://www.unisa.ac.za/static/corporate_web/Content/About/Leading%20change/Documents/Keynote-Address-UKZN-6-7-October-2016.pdf

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J. Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization. London: Routledge, 2018. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429492204.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J. “The Emergence and Trajectories of Struggles for an ‘African University’: The Case of Unfinished Business of African Epistemic Decolonisation.” Kronos Southern African Histories 43, no. 1 (2017): 51–77. https://doi.org/10.17159/2309-9585/2017/v43a4.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. 1st ed. London: Zed Books, 1999.

Tuck, Eve, and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1, no. 1 (2012): 1–40. https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/18630.