Localising Knowledge Systems

Ferdinand Chipindi, Ane Turner Johnson, Marcellus Mbah

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Localising knowledge systems is critical in advancing the decolonisation of higher education in the global south and north. This chapter analyses the possibilities for localising knowledge systems within Zambian universities. The authors argue that localised knowledge systems need to be embraced and integrated into the academic pursuits of faculty members in order for universities to fulfil their missions as treasure houses of wisdom. Beginning with a background of formal education in Zambia, including colonial orientations and accompanying epistemic violence, the chapter presents findings from interviews with 32 faculty members, clarifying localised knowledge efforts at the University of Zambia, the flagship higher educational institution in Zambia. Faculty members supported the potential of localised knowledge systems to enhance epistemological plurality within the academy while pointing out remaining structural challenges. The chapter concludes with three actionable propositions at the researcher, institutional, and community levels to advance the localisation agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecolonising African Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationPractitioner Perspectives from Across the Continent
EditorsChristopher B. Knaus, Takako Mino, Johannes Seroto
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003158271
ISBN (Print)9780367745196, 9780367745189
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2022


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