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Title: Can Human Rights Education be Transformative, Critical and Emancipatory?
André Keet holds the Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education, and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Keet will approach the question, can human rights education be transformative, critical and emancipatory? from two angles:
One, through a reflexive piece Keet wrote on Does Human Rights Education Exist? (2017). In this paper, he traced his own thoughts and praxes on human rights education (HRE) in conversation with others since 2007. An element of self-referentiality is tracking his arguments, for which he apologizes. Revisiting his research and engagement with HRE over the past decade, he tries to make sense of the shifts in his own praxes to disclose, to himself, radical‐alternative possibilities for thinking and doing HRE. In traveling with himself, and others, he began to wonder: Does Human Rights Education exist?
Two, via an edited compilation (2018) put together by Michalinos Zembylas and Keet, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. This book presents new scholarly research that views human rights, democracy, and citizenship education as a critical project. Written by an international line-up of contributors including academics from Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, this book provides a cross-section of theoretical work as well as case studies on the challenges and possibilities of bringing together notions of human rights, democracy, and citizenship in education.