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Reasoning: What exactly is African Philosophy/Sociology?

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The Faculty of Development is delighted to be hosting from the 27th February to 20th March 2018. A series of 4 seminars led by Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo under the Equality and Community Engagement Reasoning's & Legacy discussion forum

The first in the series:

What exactly is African Philosophy/Sociology?

This session aims to ignite discussion and reflection on what I call the ‘methodology of Ubuntu’. As the narrative of breaking with colonial approaches and develop authentically African perspectives to education, curriculum design, politics, economics, legal systems etc., continues to drive the thinking of Africans and non-Africans alike, the challenge of advancing a coherent agenda is undermined by several factors not least the lack of a robust African social theory and the dissonance between existing theory (Ubuntu for example) and the daily reality of Africans that portray such theories as romanticised and unachievable. Hence, the pertinence to articulate a clear outline of the evolution of what defines African social theory upon which (academic, political) actions/endeavours should be based. This presentation departs from the view that a successfully authentic African social theory to support African enterprise is not necessarily incommensurate with non-African thought patterns such as structuration theory. Based on the author’s published work, fear and self-scrutiny framework is proposed not only as an ontology but also as a methodology of Ubuntu that would enable Africans and others to track and/or measure (educational and other) interactions and socialisation against the full spectrum of undesirable and desirable Ubuntu practices modelled around the proposed methodology of Ubuntu framework. The concept can be embedded in citizenship education for the development of future Ubuntu-inspired agents in all spheres of life including issues around inclusion as shall be demonstrated in the second session. (Based on a published book)

Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo a recent graduate of Sheffield Hallam University was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He then spent three years in Uganda studying philosophy at undergraduate level after which, Jean Pierre moved to England to study Theology for a further three years. He later enrolled to study with Sheffield Hallam University and was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in education in 2003, Masters of Science in Education in 2011 and a Doctorate in Education in February 2017.

His doctoral research comparatively explores the leadership experiences of urban primary head teachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and England. Jean Pierre research output around school inspections, cultural leadership, ethical leadership and diversity in school leadership has featured in journals such as School leadership and Management, International Journal for Leadership in Education and Educational Management, Administration & Leadership. Beyond the above research interests, He has comparatively analysed structuration theory (Western social theory) and Ubuntu (African social theory) to propose what he calls the methodology of Ubuntu or structuration. A secondary school teacher since 2003, I am pleased to announce Jean Pierre is now transitioning to the higher education sector as a lecturer at Teesside University from April 2018.

Jean Pierre is passionate about intersection between social structures and agents who are not neutral but gendered and racialized entities among other factors. To contribute to that agenda and to a new understanding of the relevance of culture informing pedagogy and curriculum content. He is delighted to be sharing some thoughts with all of us around the following topics

BME: from exclusion to inclusion - 6th March 2018
BME: Is School Leadership meant for you? - 13th March 2018
BME:(Un) healthy obsession with ‘experience? - 20th March 2018

Refreshments available from 4.30pm

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