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Human Rights Institute Gladstein Lecture

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

André Keet, Chair of Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University

"Critique and its Double; Double Critique Decolonisation and the Renewal of Human Rights Education"

Against the backdrop of massive global inequalities, the conservatisation of politics in Europe and parts of North America, tagged by tragically powerful new waves of intra- and inter- state racism, race-populism, bigotry, every day fascisms and ethno-nationalisms across the world, have turned the human rights work of the United Nations and its agencies into a sad spectacle, a running nightmare. More so now than ever before. This, correspondingly, seems to be the general case with human rights education and its industry. There is an unyielding sense that our principal indicators of social justice, democratic-human rights praxes and organisation, have been adjourned. Perhaps we are approaching its denouement. Traversing my previous and current work, this lecture, in part, suggests that the sluggish uptake of the critical within human rights education has provided fertile, non-resistive grounds for human rights pushbacks. Mobilising critique on two planes, ‘critique and its double’ and ‘double critique’, whilst linking it to the ideal of the university, I propose a fundamental rethinking of the human rights education enterprise. One that conjoins the decolonisation of human rights education with its renewal. Stated differently, the twofold operation of critique has the emancipation of human right education itself as its focus.

Professor André Keet

André worked in national human rights institutions in post 1994 South Africa before joining the University of Fort Hare in October 2008. He also spent time at the University of the Free State as Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, advisor to the university president and as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and External Relations. He is an acknowledged social justice researcher, higher education transformation practitioner and academic citizen. André is presently the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, the Chairperson of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation in South African Public Universities, Member of the Council on Higher Education, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University in the UK.

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