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SAERA-conference 2020 message in light of COVID-19/coronavirus


Dear SAERA members

It is very unfortunate to find ourselves in yet another pandemic context that has the potential to impact on society in a very large scale. We, as SAERA executives, do hope that you take the necessary precautions as you go about your daily work and social engagement with colleagues, family and friends.

The executive of SAERA were in on-going conversations on the coronavirus, especially as it relates to the activities of SAERA, more especially on the planned annual conference usually held in October. At this stage of our conversation we believe that the membership of SAERA should be informed of our initial thinking which includes no formal decisions being made at this point regarding the October 2020 annual conference and that there will be on-going communication with the membership. An executive meeting is being planned shortly where discussions will take place on the conference and decisions will be formulated to sent to the entire membership of SAERA.

All the best and stay well

Labby Ramrathan
SAERA President

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SAERA PhD and Honour awards

Nominations for the SAERA PhD and Honour awards are open. Find the information to nominate someone or read more about these awards below:

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Book publication- Action learning and action research: Genres and approaches

About the book:

“Action Research (AR) is an ideal methodology to enable practical and emancipatory outcomes, as well as to generate relevant and authentic theory.”

Read more about this emerging paradigm in the social sciences by clicking on the link below:

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New publication

Human Rights Literacies

Future Directions

Editors: Roux, Cornelia, Becker, Anne (Eds.)

This book adds impetus to the nexus between human rights, human rights education and material reality. The dissonance between these aspects is of growing concern for most human rights educators in various social contexts.

The first part of the book opens up new discourses and presents new ontologies and epistemologies from scholars in human rights, human rights education and human rights literacies to critique and/or justify the understandings of human rights’ complex applications.

Today’s rapidly changing social contexts and new languages attempting to understand ongoing dehumanization and violations, put enormous pressure on higher education, educators, individuals working in social sciences, policy makers and scholars engaged in curricula making. The second part demonstrates how global interactions between citizens from different countries with diverse understandings of human rights (from developed and developing democracies) question the link between human rights and it’s in(ex)clusive Western philosophies.

Continuing inhumane actions around the globe reflect the failure of human rights law and human rights education in schools, higher education and society at large. The book shows that human rights education is no longer a blueprint for understanding human rights and its universal or contextual values presented for multicomplexial societies.

The final chapters argue for new ontologies and epistemologies of human rights, human rights education and human rights literacies to open-up difficult conversations and to give space to dissonant and disruptive discourses. The many opportunities for human rights education and literacies lies in these conversations.

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