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Seminar by Shose Kessi

7 November, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Seminar Series 2017:Multimodal literacies and pedagogies for critical citizenship

Photovoice methodologies for critical citizenship in Higher Education

Over the past two years, we have witnessed many changes across the South African higher education landscape. National student and worker protests have led to many gains and have highlighted the central role of the university in bringing about critical citizenship and social change. These events have been underpinned by the call to decolonize higher education discourses and practices. In this presentation, I will discuss the findings of a Photovoice project that took place with UCT students between 2013 and 2015 and its contribution to our understandings of decolonization and critical citizenship. I will highlight the potential for Photovoice to develop critical consciousness, raise awareness, and mobilise groups into social action.

Shose Kessi is senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UCT. Her research centers on political psychology, community-based empowerment and social change, exploring issues of identity, such as race, class, and gender, and how these impact on people’s participation in transformation/decolonisation efforts. A key focus is the development of Photovoice methodology as a participatory action research tool that can raise consciousness and mobilize community groups into social action. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the London School of Economics, was the Mandela fellow at the WEB DuBois Research Institute, Hutchins Centre, Harvard University for 2014 and visiting scholar in the Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at LSE in 2017. Shose was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015. She is one of the founding members and first chairperson of the UCT Black Academic Caucus and is now Chair of the Humanities Faculty Transformation Committee at UCT.

Photograph by Tabisa 

DATE: Tuesday, 7 November
TIME: 1.00 – 2.00 p.m.
VENUE: School of Public Health, 1A

RSVP: Andrea Jansen



7 November, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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