Workshop on Academic Dependency and Indigenous Knowledge: Role of Social Sciences
Venue : University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Date    : 19 October 2018

Social sciences were introduced to formerly colonised countries of South Asia along with the underlying paradigm of modernity. University academics have been teaching disciplines such as sociology since then and constructing knowledge using concepts, theories and methods imported from Euro-America. Tis process of knowledge production and dissemination has significant implications for countries in the global periphery especially in view of the unequal knowledge order between metropolitan centres of learning and those in the colonised periphery including academic dependence and captive mind.

This workshop will examine these issues with a view to identify the nature of academic dependence in social sciences, in particular sociology, , unequal global knowledge order, and practices in the periphery by using recent critical thought in postcolonial and southern theory.

It will also examine ways and means of resurrecting indigenous knowledge that can be part of social science knowledge and their sources.

Morning two Sessions

Session 1 – Academic Dependency in Social Sciences (in the Global South)

Morning tea

Session 2 –How does Academic dependency continue: biases, challenges, consequences and steps required to liberate from captive mind

Afternoon Sessions

Session 3 – What is indigenous knowledge? Concept of the social and methods of study

Afternoon Tea

Session 4 – How to incorporate and legitimise indigenous knowledge in Social Sciences?

Closing Remarks