We are pleased to announce the 2019 HELTASA conference will be held 27-29 November at Rhodes University. This year, we look forward to welcoming the HELTASA community to a few days of rich deliberation in the Eastern Cape.
The 2019 HELTASA conference aims to reclaim a voice for Southern African researchers and practitioners by inviting delegates to consider the notion of ‘pedagogies in context’.
In South Africa, the field of Academic Development has produced a wealth of research spanning more than thirty years of practice. The impact of globalization, however, has meant that our own work, and what we have learned from it, is often made subservient to knowledge from the Global North and the so-called ‘best practices’ that emerge from it.
The plural of ‘pedagogies’ is important. While there are elements of pedagogy that travel across contexts, the idea of a set of universal practices which will best attend to the varied structures of different knowledges, and meet the learning needs of all students and the social, cultural and economic conditions in all institutions is clearly problematic.
In this conference, delegates are asked to explore the contexts in which they work at course, programme, disciplinary, institutional, regional and national levels and consider what truly is ‘best’. We invite participants to consider how experiences and perspectives that have previously been silenced can be inserted into the ways we think about teaching in higher education.
KEY TO OUR THINKING ABOUT CONTEXT ARE THE QUESTIONS: ‘Good for whom?’ and ‘Exactly whose interests are being served?’
THESE QUESTIONS ARE BUT EXAMPLES OF MANY MORE THAT COULD BE ASKED AS WE CONSIDER THE IDEA OF ‘PEDAGOGIES IN CONTEXT’
AND DISRUPT THE NOTION OF THE ‘BEST’, OR EVEN ‘GOOD’, PRACTICES INTRODUCED TO US BY THE GLOBAL NORTH.
The conference will be held at the Eden Grove Building, Lucas Avenue, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6139, Eastern Cape, from 27th November 2019 (Wednesday) – 29th November 2019 (Friday).
Keynote speakers at the 2019 HELTASA conference include Prof Ahmed C Bawa, Prof Cecilia Jacobs, Prof Rozena Maart. Read their bios and abstracts on the 2019 HELTASA conference programme page.
Early bird discounts apply, register here on the conference page today!