Public pastoral care as nexus and opportunity for a transformed practical theology within decolonisation discourse in South African higher education

In die Skriflig. 2018;52(1):e1-e10 DOI 10.4102/ids.v52i1.2327


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Journal Title: In die Skriflig

ISSN: 1018-6441 (Print); 2305-0853 (Online)

Publisher: AOSIS

Society/Institution: Reformed Theological Society

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Practical Theology: Practical religion. The Christian life

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: English, Afrikaans

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Vhumani Magezi (Faculty of Theology, North-West University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The discussion on decolonisation of universities that started in 2015 has been raging in different spaces within South Africa and other parts of the world. The question of the relevance of the curriculum in universities, which is a curriculum that is responsive to South African and African issues, has come to the forefront. The discipline of Theology has also been challenged to reflect on its curriculum. Given these developments, this article considers practical theology within the on-going discussion of decolonisation in South African universities. In doing so, it attempts to address the question: What are some of the issues to consider in decolonisation of practical theology in South Africa universities? Firstly, the article sketches the background to the context of the discussion. Secondly, it provides a synopsis of the discussion of decolonisation in universities. Thirdly, it highlights some colonial entanglements of practical theology evident from the current situation. Fourthly, it proposes pointers for basic steps towards decolonisation of practical theology. Fifthly, it concludes by highlighting the threats to the proposed decolonisation attempts. The article assumes a coloniality and decoloniality framework even though it is not explicitly stated.