Navigating academic ‘migration’ in Zimbabwe: Integrating Ubuntu philosophy

Oliver Mutanga

This study examines the migration decision-making among academics in Zimbabwe, employing a theoretical approach that integrates Ubuntu philosophy to offer another perspective on migration studies. Through auto-ethnography, allowing the inclusion of my own experiences alongside qualitative in-depth interviews with 23 Zimbabwean university academics, this research underscores the importance of epistemic justice by ensuring non-Western knowledges and experiences are heard and valued in migration studies. It uncovers the intricate interplay of economic, cultural, and social factors influencing their migration decisions, highlighting how migration is deeply rooted in multiple and evolving factors such as cultural values, social obligations, and individual well-being. This paper contributes to a more nuanced understanding of migration phenomena, suggesting policy and practice implications for nurturing environments that honour both communal and individual aspirations. By integrating Ubuntu philosophy, this study advances migration studies discourse and provides actionable insights for addressing academic mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa, premised on traditional indigenous values.

Is there a Philosophy of Education In Latin America?

Renato Huarte Cuéllar, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

It could be easily asserted that the Philosophy of Education is the application of theories, concepts, authors, etc. that deal with Education as a phenomenon. Nonetheless, those theories, concepts, and authors have a double problematic standard.  On the one hand, they can be different from one another due to the context of the region. Philosophy, in that sense, comes from specific contexts and tries to enact itself in different ways.  Thus, Latin American Philosophy, in general, would be discussed as a mere copy of European Philosophy. In that same sense, discussions around its supposed unity will be offered. In this sense, the philosophy lof education could have different meanings and contexts. In this sense, asking if there is a Philosophy of Education in Latin America becomes relevant.