The aim of the transdisciplinarity project was to initiate discourse on a functional framework for knowledge understanding and application within a complex and ever-changing global context. The longer-term ambition is to inform collective intellectual ideas and action-based research inputs towards practical outcomes – thereby bridging the gap between knowledge production, policy and implementation.
The conference also provided a platform to engage on the case studies examined during the course of the research project, namely: transdisciplinarity and post-colonial transformation of African universities (Fort Hare University’s Transdisciplinarity Centre), applied transdisciplinarity and sustainable energy – bridging divides (University of Johannesburg’s SeTAR Centre), and transdisciplinarity and the need for social justice (University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights).
Speakers included Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, (Chair of the MISTRA Board), Dr Hester du Plessis (Human Sciences Research Council and Transdisciplinarity project leader), Mr Jeffrey Sehume (MISTRA Researcher and Transdisciplinarity project co-ordinator), Dr Otsile Ntsoane (Indigenous Knowledge Specialist) who spoke on Knowledge Ordering & Transdisciplinarity, Dr Mbiji Mahlangu (University of Fort Hare), who spoke on Transdisciplinarity Curriculum at UFH, Dr Leonard Martin (MISTRA Humanity Faculty Head), Dr Andrew Kaniki and Dr Kaluke Mawila (both of NRF Knowledge Fields Development).
MISTRA will be interacting with the Department of Higher Education on the policy implications arising from the report.
The book on The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research can be purchased at MISTRA. Contact: Gail Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)