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Cosmo-uBuntu Theorizing and Practice in Education: Adult Online and Distance Education in the Movement toward De-Bordering, De-Centering/De-Peripherizing, and Decolonializing

December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Time: 12pm CT, 6pm UTC

Speaker: José Cossa


Adult Online and Distance Education in the Movement toward De-Bordering, De-Centering/De-Peripherizing, and Decolonializing must (continue to) pursue more justice-driven means to defy geopolitical borders and dialogical reflexive engagements that defy epistemological borders and nurture a Cosmo-uBuntu informed justice. ICTs and distance learning resources such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OERs), mobile learning, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) have defied geopolitical borders. The use of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and Fintech, and AI will continue to defy such borders. However, mitigating the epistemic vantage-point will necessitate intentionality, in Online and Distance Education, to forge equitable partnerships that mitigate the epistemological conundrum. There are many tech hubs addressing the geopolitical borders, but little is being done in terms of epistemological violence, translation as erasure, and potential epistemological genocide in those spaces outside the box (modernity).

BIOPhoto of José Cossa

José Cossa, Ph.D., is a Mozambican scholar, writer/author, researcher, poet, blogger, “twitterer”, podcaster, entrepreneur, and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. Cossa holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of the book Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy, the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent, and a Co-Founder of AI4Afrika. Cossa’s research focus is on power dynamics in negotiation over educational policy; unveiling issues inherent in the promise of modernity and working towards de-colonializing, de-bordering, de-peripherizing, and de-centering the world; higher education policy and administration; system transfer; international development; and, global and social justice. Currently, Cossa is engaged in a new (exterior to modernity) theorizing, i.e., Cosmo-uBuntu.

To learn more about Dr. Cossa, visit his professional page and follow him on Twitter: @zeca72, YouTube, and Blogspot.


December 1, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm