Why epistemic justice matters - Democracy and inclusion in South African universities
The lecture will make the case for the central importance of just processes in education and more broadly in society, drawing on a compelling historical example from South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.
Grounded in the capabilities approach, it will use the concept of an epistemic justice functioning to explore how the conditions of possibility and of failure play out in practice, and their injustice effects. The example provides a springboard to understand how and why failures of epistemic justice matter tremendously for democratic and inclusive lives. The lecture will discuss the capability approach and makes a case for an epistemic functioning in education to advance redressable injustice, as an epistemic contributor and agent. It further constitutes a key element in a decolonial ethics.