Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture 2020
- Jonathan Jansen, Stellenbosch University
- Thursday 26 November 2020
This year's Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture will be given by Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a curriculum theorist, and his research is concerned with the politics of knowledge.
It was Stephen Ellis who argued that one of the tasks of the historians of contemporary Africa is 'throwing new light on Africa’s more remote past and as a way of understanding the present.' In his two books on South Africa, Comrades against apartheid (1992) and The ANC in exile (2012), this is exactly what Stephen Ellis does: to provide a solid foundation of historical scholarship from which it is possible to read and understand the pandemic of corruption within the post-apartheid government. Nowhere is this history more starkly reflected than in the massively unequal education impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which will have devastating consequences for generations to come. How did this happen? What are the roots of these inequalities? What can we learn from past political actions that explain unequal education outcomes in the present? In short, what does Stephen Ellis allow us to see in education across the murky waters of South Africa’s political past?
This online lecture is organised in anticipation of the Africa Knows! conference, which will take off on 2 December 2020.
Register for the Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture via the ASCL website. Registrees will receive a link a few days before the lecture.