Lerato Posholi and Ralph Weber participate in workshop at the University of Johannesburg

“Epistemic Injustice and Epistemic Decolonisation” was the topic of a workshop organised by the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science of the University of Johannesburg. The event took place on 9 March 2023 in the context of a collaboration visit by project members Lerato Posholi and Ralph Weber from 6–10 March 2023. 

Lerato Posholi presented a talk titled ‘Wiredu’s Conceptual Decolonisation: A Radical Reading?’ Photo: Veli Mitova

In the course of the workshop, the participants explored different aspects of decolonisation and epistemic injustice, including concepts and politics of Eurocentrism (Ralph Weber), the question of how to decolonise (Dimpho Takane), Kwasi Wiredu’s conceptual decolonisation (Lerato Posholi), or the complications of decolonising the curriculum (Veli Mitova).

The workshop was organised by the University of Johannesburg’s African Centre for Epistemology of Science in collaboration with the Reversing the Gaze project.

Read more on the website of the Institute for European Global Studies, Basel.

Research Colloquium, Spring Semester 2023: “Beyond Area Studies”

In this semester, the colloquium will focus on current debates in and critics of Area Studies and the various attempts to save them (e.g. new area studies, global area studies). We will discuss theoretical and methodological implications of using socio-scientific concepts across regional or historical contexts for our understanding of Area Studies and, in particular, the role of relationality with regards to both the scope of inquiry (as opposed to the object of inquiry) and the configuration of the region or area of study.


Mon 06.03.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
Introduction: Beyond Area Studies
Benedikt Korf (Department of Geography, University of Zurich)

Mon 20.03.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
Area studies, geography and critical Muslim studies
James Derrick Sidaway (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore)

Mon 03.04.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
The Globality of Higher Education Research as an Area Study
Patrício Langa (University of the Western Cape/Eduardo Mondlane University)

Mon 24.04.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
Area studies and other containers
Aline Schläpfer (Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel)

Mon 22.05.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
Review session

The colloquium takes place online via Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please use the registration form to register for one or several sessions.

PhD candidates and advanced MA students can earn credits (1 ECTS credit point).

PhD candidates and students at the University of Basel can register for the course via MOnA (course no. 67655-01).

PhD candidates and students at other Swiss universities can register via the University of Basel Student Administration Office.