Theme: Role of Indigenous Discourse and Innovative Technologies to Catalyze Development and Human Wellness.

 Venue: Embu University College, Embu, Kenya

 Dates: 19th to 21st July, 2016

 Humanity the world over is looking for solutions to global and local challenges as well as advancing knowledge and innovations to enhance human wellness. In such endeavors, there is continued misconstruction that interpretation of indigenous knowledge, customs, philosophies, ideologies, solutions and reactions must necessarily be done from an internationally defined arena which is based on the assumption that internationalism is westernism. In the recent past, there is a growing paradigm shift and ‘detachment’ from this concept. Agitation for recognition of the indigenous concepts, ideas and innovations in enhancing and tackling challenges affecting humanity, whether from developing or developed countries, is like a stone rolling downhill with minimal barriers that must reach its destination.

The Annual Decolonizing the Spirit conference examines knowledge production and resistance to colonial and post-colonial domination. This conference invites scholars, researchers, practitioners, elders, community leaders, community/digital/media activists and artists, and educators to participate in a dialogue on (re)claiming and use of Indigenous pedagogies as tools for response to colonial fragmentations.

This three-day conference will be a forum for participants to strengthen and build confidence in indigenous knowledge, ideologies, philosophies, mechanisms and customs for continued decolonization. It endeavors to address human, political orientation, the triggers and factors that sustain the belief that indigenous knowledge, customs and beliefs are of less importance in shaping our destiny and that of the globe.

Key issues for the forum include discussion of;

  • 1. How does indigeneity and academic orientation relate? Are there links? If they exist, are they given the focus
  •     they deserve or are they points of ridicule?
  • 2. Are we able to utilize our indigenous knowledge as a basis in our scholarly dispensation? Are we able to
  •     reflect and build indigenous concepts to drive misconstrued colonial boundaries and to give a new
  •     dimension to the term internationalism?
  • 3. Why was there resistance to colonization by indigenous communities in relation to community
  •     development? Were there foreseen failures in the departure from indigeneity of these communities?
  •     Were there visions that were disrupted? Were there influences that re-shaped the colonization?
  • 4. Was colonization a noble idea? Was it misinterpreted after its success? If coupled with indigenous concepts,
  •     can it yield an improved hybrid?

Sub-themes for the conference include but not limited to:

1. Decolonizing higher education.

2. Decolonizing the media fraternity.

3. Indigenous foods and their role in health and wellness.

4. Local languages and effective communication.

5. The impact of colonization in education, development, social organization and culture.

6. Indigenous science, technology and innovation for development.

7. Utilization of local resources for social well being.

8. Spirituality and schooling.

9. Spirituality and education.

10.Internationalization of education.

11.Community development and the devolution of resources.

12.Education for the 21st Century& beyond.

13.Disability and Development.

14.Gender and development

15.Education, Youth and Innovations 


Registration fees

  •   East Africa $100
  •   Non East Africa $150
  •   Students $50

 Phone: +254 705 945 408

 We are to de-colonize our spirits, we have no one to de-colonize us, we move on

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