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Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni is currently Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa and Vice-Dean of Research in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth in Germany; Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal & Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA); Professor Extraordinarius at the Centre for Gender and African Studies at the University of Free State (UFS) in South Africa; Honorary
Professor in the School of Education (Education & Development Studies) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa; Research Associate at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa; Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa; and Research Associate at The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University in the United Kingdom.

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Professor Michalinos Zembylas is Professor of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies at the Open University of Cyprus, Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. He holds a Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Chair for 2023-2026. He has written extensively on emotion and affect in education, particularly in relation to social justice, decolonization and politics.

His latest books are: Responsibility, Privileged Irresponsibility and Response-ability in Contemporary Times: Higher Education, Coloniality and Ecological Damage (co-authored with Vivienne Bozalek), and Working with Theories of Refusal and Decolonization in Higher Education (co-edited with Petra Mikulan).

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Dr Rowena Azada-Palacios is an assistant professor of philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University, where she has taught for more than 20 years, and an associate lecturer at London Metropolitan University, New York University – London, and University College London. Her scholarship in educational philosophy draws from anti-colonial political thought and the Continental tradition to address questions about power, politics, identity, justice, and the pedagogical relationship.

She has recently been involved in interdisciplinary collaborations that have examined teaching for social justice in different national contexts, and in philosophical collaborations seeking to advance decolonial approaches to critical social theory. 

Her forthcoming book, Postcolonial Education and National Identity: An Arendtian Reimagination, will be published later this year by Bloomsbury Academic. Rowena is the founding chair of the Philippine Society of Education and Philosophy (PhilSEP), a founding member of the Philippine network Women Doing Philosophy, and a former board member of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines.

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