Episode 6: Structural, Epistemic, and Personal Decolonisation

Keywords Part A

  • structural decolonisation
  • racial, patriarchal and economic structures
  • epistemic decolonisation
  • coloniality of power
  • epistemic virtue
  • personal decolonisation
  • gender struggles

Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Concept & Content Development
Thando Tilmann and Tamar Sarkissian

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


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