Education & Curriculum Development


The annual SACOMM conference in 2015 saw various innovations to the structure of our association, showing its extant nature. At the AGM on 28 September 2015 dialogue arose around the issue of communication education and curriculum development (CECD).

The discussions proved to be almost prophetic, as less than a month after this discussion (in mid-October 2015) the student-led movement that became known as #FeesMustFall began. The movement underscored the importance of discussions around the communication curriculums of our institutions of higher learning, especially as it has bearing on decolonialisation. With this in mind, and heedful of the fact that many communication departments are in different stages of recurriculation, the meeting mandated that a new interest group be initiated entitled Communication Education and Curriculum Development.

The interest group, along with its convenor Dr Elnerine Greeff, is calling for members to form part of discussions, research and innovations that centre around this very crucial aspect of communication in South Africa. Announcements, calls and invitations will be posted to this site, and circulated via the SACOMM listserves.

Communication Education and Curriculum Development Interest Group Convenor:

Prof Bruce Mutsvairo, University of Technology Sydney, 




Call for applications: Unisa Decoloniality Summer School

15-26 January 2018

Theme: Decolonizing Knowledge, Power and Being

The College of Human Sciences (CHS) at the University of South Africa will host the Annual Decoloniality Summer School with the aim of reflecting back on the impact of colonialism on what we now call “Developing Countries”. Furthermore, the school will engage with what it means to decolonize.

The lectures and discussions will be delivered and facilitated by leading decolonial thinkers and theorists such as:

  • Professor Lewis R Gordon from the University of Connecticut, USA. Gordon’s research is in Africana philosophy, philosophy of existence, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of culture, aesthetics, philosophy of education, and philosophy of science. His philosophy and social theory have been the subjects of many studies in a variety of disciplines:
  • Prof Oyeronke Oyewumi from Stonybrook University, USA. Oyeronke’s interdisciplinary work foregrounds an African vantage point, one that remains largely underrepresented in academia. Much of her academic research and writing has used African experiences to illuminate theoretical questions pertinent to a wide range of disciplines including sociology, political science, women studies, religion, history, and literature, all in an effort to broaden scholarly understanding to include non-Western cultures.
  • Prof Siphamandla Zondi from the University of Pretoria. He researches SA foreign policy in Africa and Africa’s collective diplomacy. He is a member of the Archie Mafeje Institute which is dedicated to Afro-centric scholarship.
  • Prof Pumla Gqola from the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Gqola’s research foci are: slave memory in the African world, Black Consciousness literature, womanism and feminist literary studies, postcolonialism, post-apartheid public culture, African feminist sexualities, and Rape.
  • Prof Tendayi Sithole from the University of South Africa. Thematic areas of his research are black radical thought, decolonial critical theory, Africana existential phenomenology, public intellectuals, and literary studies.

To apply please request a form by sending an email to


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