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Core Principles

“I am because we are”

A key principle of the ubuntu worldview, originally cited by South African Indigenous and African studies scholar Ivy Nomalungelo Goduka (2000) and further explored by Bagele Chilisa
Botswanan Post-colonial and Indigenous Studies Scholar
(Chilisa 2012, p. 109)

Besides our individual agencies, and values, Decolonial Dialogues shares some collective principles which are core to build up and sustain our agenda. They are as follows:

Accessible – open and flexible in our approaches, with a willingness to encourage different formats and ways of writing which are non-linear, using fonts that consider difficulties and invisible disabilities.

Critical – facilitating the exchange of underrepresented experiences, legacies and knowledge systems in a way that can challenge the marginalisation of communities.

Honest – acting with integrity and sincerity with each other and correspondences, especially when providing editorial feedback and responding to content someone has authored for inclusion via the site.

Inclusive – a determination to include multiple voices, perspectives, and formats that deconstruct the normalised standards of writing, reading, listening and/or seeing (i.e. sign language), in the name of a “decolonial textuality” of academia and knowledge.

Open – being open and transparent with one another about our decision-making.

Reflexive – embedding critical and sensitive reflexive practices, which focuses on both listening and speaking.

Respectful – acting with integrity and care towards various ways of knowing, positionalities, and standpoints to foster understanding.


Chilisa, Bagele (2012) Indigenous Research Methodologies. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications. [Google Books]

Goduka, I. N. (2000). African or indigenous methodologies: Ligitimizing spirituality centered wisdoms within the academy. In P. Higgs, N. C. G. Vakalisa, T. V. Mda, & N.T Assie-Lumumba (Eds.), African voices in education (pp. 63-83). Lansdowne , South Africa: Juta. 

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