SOTL in the South

University of Johannesburg

24 – 27 July 2017         |         University of Johannesburg, Bunting Campus


Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.  He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements, human rights and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German and Chinese.

His most recent project - ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences - is funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. The project was initiated in July 2011 and will be finished by the end of 2016.

His most recent books in English are: (author) Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization and Emancipation. London: Butterworths, 2002; The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond. London: Zed Books, 2006; Epistemologies of the South. Justice against Epistemicide. Boulder/London: Paradigm Publishers, 2014; If God Were a Human Rights Activist. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015; (editor) Democratizing Democracy. Beyond the Liberal Democratic Canon. London: Verso, 2005; Another Production is Possible: Beyond the Capitalist Canon. London: Verso, 2006; Another Knowledge is Possible: Beyond Northern Epistemologies. London: Verso 2007; Voices of the World. London: Verso 2010; (with Cesar Rodriguez Garavito) Law and Globalization from Below. London: Cambridge University Press, 2005).



carolinaDr. Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela is a full time researcher at the Centre for Advanced Research in Education of the University of Chile. She is the principal investigator (and leader) of various competitive nationally-funded research projects.

Her work is focused on: 

(i) the study of university teaching-learning processes
(ii) academic development
(iii) academic identities and
(iv) the role of the universities in the twenty-first century and their relationship to the state. Topics that have been especially attracting her attention in recent years include (a) the impact that neoliberal policies have had on academics and (b) the public/private divide in universities. 

She is also interested in:

(v) the theorization of qualitative research and in its contribution in building new theories 
in education.

Her research is conducted within a global horizon and much of it is explicitly comparative in character. Wherever practicable, her work contains an examination of systems and processes in different countries, and she seeks to develop theoretical frameworks that have cross national application. 

She is a frequent visitor to Europe, where she enjoys an extensive network. Her papers have appeared in such journals as Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, and Qualitative Research in Education.

Recent papers

Tensiones en la construcción de identidades académicas en una universidad chilena (jointly with María Teresa Martínez) (forthcoming). Revista de Estudios Pedagógicos.

Barnett, R. & Guzmán-Valenzuela, C. (forthcoming).  Sighting horizons of teaching in higher education.  Higher Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0003-2

González, C; Guzmán-Valenzuela, C; Montenegro, H. (2016). El vínculo docencia-investigación en programas de pregrado: estado del arte y propuestas para fortalecerlo. Revista de Pedagogía, 37, 101.

Forthcoming chapters in books

(2016, forthcoming). Connecting theory and practice in qualitative research, In J. Huisman and M. Tight (editors) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, Volume 4. Bingley: Emerald

(2016). Neoliberal discourses and the emergence of an agentic field: the Chilean student movement. In R. Brooks (editor) Student Politics and Protest. London: Routledge & SRHE.




Cheryl Hendricks
Professor of Political Science at University of Johannesburg

Professor Cheryl Hendricks joined the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in April 2013. She was appointed as Head of Department in January 2014. Her substantive knowledge areas include African Politics, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding; Gender, Peace and Security; Security Sector Reform/Security Sector Governance; Human Security; Regional Security Architectures and South African Foreign Policy. She currently teaches courses on International Conflict and Co-operation and Peace and Security in Africa.

From July 2005 to March 2013 she worked at the Institute for Security Studies first as Programme Head for the Southern Africa Human Security Programme and then as the Senior Research Fellow in the Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Division. In 2004 she was the Academic Manager at the Centre for Conflict Resolution and prior to this, lectured in Politics at the University of the Western Cape. She holds a Doctorate in Government and International Relations from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Southern African studies from the University of York, England.

Prof Hendricks has published widely in the areas of human security and gender peace and security. She has also worked extensively with civil society organisations on gender and security.




Professor Catherine Manathunga works in the College of Education at Victoria University, Melbourne and is an historian, who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector.

She has current research projects on doctoral supervision pedagogy and the history of university teaching and learning in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her most recent book, Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge, was published in 2014 by Routledge.

She has published widely in the fields of doctoral education, educational history, academic development and international relations. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Ako Aotearoa (NZ National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence), South African National Research Foundation, Nagoya University, Japan, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, and several industry partners. She has jointly won a number of University of Queensland and Australian national teaching awards for programs that enhance research students’ learning. She has acted as an educational consultant to many other universities in Australia and internationally. 




As a member of faculty in the UNSW Canberra School of English, Peter Looker taught English Literature and Drama for 16 years before moving into academic development.

After working in the Teaching and Learning Centre at UNSW (Sydney) he was appointed Head of Teaching and Learning at UNSWAsia (Singapore) in 2007. He has worked as a teaching and learning consultant in Hong Kong (City University,) Brunei (UTB), and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh Academy).

Since April 2010 he has been the Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has been involved in the practice, dissemination and encouragement of SOTL since the inaugural International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in 2004, and is on the editorial panel for four SoTL journals, including the Asian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has won several awards for teaching excellence and academic development strategies. His research interests include student assessment, learning and teaching spaces, and the cultural contexts of SoTL.




Maitseo Bolaane is an Associate Professor, and Head of Department of History, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana, and has been involved with the University of Botswana – University of Tromsø Collaborative Programme for San Research and Capacity Building for some time, assisting many San students to continue with tertiary education.

She is now Director of the Centre for San Studies at the University of Botswana.  Among her key publications is a book titled Chiefs, Hunters and San in the creation of the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta (2013).






N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is a Professor at Cornell University in the Africana Studies and Research Center, President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Vice-President of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCOS’s Inter-governmental programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST), and Past President of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

Her past and current positions at other institutions include Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Côte d’Ivoire, Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris, Center for the International Cooperation in Education at Hiroshima University in Japan.  Her other positions include Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Stellenbosch University and Carnegie Diasporan Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana.

With a PhD from the University of Chicago and 2 Masters and 2 BAs (License) from Université Lyon II in France, she has been active in research networks including CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) and published extensively articles in refereed journals and books on higher education, equity, gender, and ICT for education. Her awards and distinctions include as Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, member of scientific committees and senior advisor for numerous national agencies and international organizations.

Title of talk: Critical Thinking in Contexts: Western Higher Education Legacies and Dynamics of Teaching and Learning in the Global South



Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in civil engineering from Wits University. After six years in the construction industry, he was awarded the Portland Cement Institute Research Fellowship based at Wits in 1989, was appointed as a lecturer in 1992 and he currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering at Wits. He was the Head of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 2001 to 2005. His research is mainly in cement and concrete materials science and he has published around 80 peer-reviewed articles in this field. He holds a National Research Foundation rating as a researcher and has done so since 1994.

He served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000. Between 2006 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic and the Vice-Principal at Wits. He served two terms as a member of the Commission for Higher Education in South Africa and was Chair of the Higher Education Quality Council.

In 2012 and 2013, he was the Chair of the Board of the National Institute for Higher Education in the Northern Cape and is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the new Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley.






Important Dates

First call for abstracts

22 August 2016

Second call for abstracts

28 October 2016

Abstract submission due (x1)

01 December 2016

Abstract submission due (x2)

15 February 2017

Notification of acceptance (x1)

01 February 2017

Notification of acceptance (x2)

15 March 2017

Full paper for proceedings

01 May 2017

Acceptance of full paper and/or suggestions for revision

01 June 2017

Revised and final paper submission

10 July 2017

Early Bird Registration

15 April 2017

Late Registration

15 June 2017


For further information 

please contact


Tebogo Mokgokong:

+27 11 559 4658


Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.