TITLE: Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory: A Worldwide Call to Action
EDITOR: R.S. Wafula and Joseph F. Duggan
PUBLISHED: November 2016
ABSTRACT: Wafula and Duggan bring together the words “knowledge” and “activism” moving beyond decolonial theories without praxis and real change. In this ground-breaking book readers are called to knowledge activism. Knowledge activism disrupts the colonial system of knowledge production that sanitizes narrative according to a universalized set of values and standards, set by a few, to benefit some and costing many whose voices are never heard. By changing the way knowledge is cultivated, produced, and distributed, Knowledge Activists actively challenge hegemonic norms that cause injustices for authors and readers by extension.
Praise for Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory
“This is one of the most captivating treatment of Knowledge imbalance in academic circles. Knowledge is power, and those who have it use it to their advantage and disadvantage of others. This book, brings to light the issues that surround knowledge and the challenges that face scholars in the different worlds today. It is a worthwhile read for all scholars working towards inclusion and sharing of knowledge.”
— Esther Mombo, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
“Our present world is one in which crises of all sorts assail society and culture, not only individually but together as a set. Such a state of affairs calls for a very different attitude toward knowledge and its production. The present volume embodies precisely such a response. It represents a call for and exercise in knowledge activism toward the development of a decolo- nized system of knowledge production at all levels of the process — from scholarship, through publishing, to practice. That such an alternative system is needed, and pointedly so, there is no doubt. That the volume provides a grounding toward its emergence and formulation, and sharply so, is beyond doubt as well. A job well done! Indeed, a warm word of congratulations to both authors is very much in order, as they go about setting the stage and marking a path for the future. What remains now is for all of us readers to heed the call and join this project.”
— Fernando F Segovia, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, USA
R.S. WAFULA is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the author of Biblical Representations of Moab: A Kenyan Postcolonial Reading (2014) and a co-editor of The Postcolo- nial Church: Bible, Theology, and Mission (2016), besides several published articles. Dr. Wafula received his PhD from Drew University.
JOSEPH F. DUGGAN is founder of Borderless Press and Postcolonial Networks. He is an experienced knowledge activist with ten years publish- ing experience with major academic presses, including as founding series editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s series, Postcolonialism and Religions. Dr. Duggan received his PhD from the University of Manchester in England.