CIRGE

July 31, 2020

Beyond Theory: Practicing social justice in the design & implementation of doctoral programs in education

More than one hundred attendees participated in the last webinar “Beyond theory: Practicing social justice in the design & implementation of doctoral programs in education” last July 28th of 2020. This event is part of the series “Committing ourselves  to social justice: Doctoral Education for Complex Times”, organized by CIRGE and co-sponsored by the Center for Studies of Higher Education of University of California, Berkeley. The two speakers – Professor Barbara Grant from University of Auckland (New Zealand) and professor Sioux McKenna from Rhodes University (South Africa)- provided concrete examples of what it means to design and implement a doctoral program inspired in social justice”, relying on their respective context.

See the webinar here.

If  you want to know more about the series, please email rox.chiappa@ru.ac.za

Why this webinar?

At times where the racial, class, and gender inequalities are deeply felt in many of our countries, doctoral education is not exempted from the public scrutiny, which is asking to disrupt the pivotal forces that (re)produce social injustices.  Being the most advanced degree of education and a critical contributor of knowledge production and technological systems, doctoral education has access to individuals and institutions that are in positions of authority in different nations, and consequently,  an extra responsibility to reveal and question the mechanisms of oppression that affect disenfranchised communities.

In this webinar,  professors Barbara Grant from Auckland University (New Zealand) and Sioux McKenna from Rhodes University  (South Africa) will discuss the vision that inspire them and their teams to launch doctoral programs in education with focus in equity social justice in their respective countries.  The question for them (and for us) is what does it take to design and implement a doctoral program inspired in social justice?

Speakers

Barbara Grant is an associate professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is currently exploring doctoral students’ experiences of publishing during candidature, doctoral identity work in thesis acknowledgments, and doctoral supervision work of academic women in NZ universities.

 

 

Sioux McKenna  is a professor at Rhodes University in South Africa. She is the current director of the Center of Postgraduate Studies and the director of the doctoral program in Social Justice and Quality in Higher Education, which is one of the few doctoral programs in education in the countries that has a course-work structure.