The 14th National Conference of the Design Education Forum of SA concluded on a high note yesterday with Prof Dei having the last word. There was a real buzz at the well-attended workshop - "Creative Outputs, Research Outputs and Practice-Led Masters and Doctorates in Design: a strategic round-table." Educators and students shared their experiences and perspectives in lively discussions across all design disciplines!
Delegates who attended the conference proved up to the challenge of engaging with each other on insightful and pressing issues. Freedom Park offered a unique and meaningful space for fruitful and open deliberation.
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Those who did not attend might like to read the Full Programme for a fascinating overview of the research currently being undertaken in the field of Design Education.
The calls by South African students for decolonised education have been emphatically professed, loud and clear. As design educators, we need to interrogate our role in decolonising design education. At the 2017 #Decolonise! Conference, design educators were provided with the opportunity to reflect on, and critically interrogate the notion of Decolonisation in relation to design education with the aim of transforming existing practices. Asking questions on who, what, where, when and most importantly - how?
The 2017 National DEFSA conference was hosted by Tshwane University of Technology & Inscape Education Group and took place in September 2017 at Freedom Park, City of Tshwane. This was followed by a Research workshop on 29 September on "Creative Outputs, Research Outputs and Practice-Led Masters and Doctorates in Design: a strategic round-table."
Our Key speaker was Ghanaian-born George Sefa Dei, a renowned educator, researcher and writer who is considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies. His paper is titled Decolonizing African Education through Indigenous Research.