Social Memory as a force for Social and Economic Transformation


Muxe Nkondo (ed)


This volume of essays is a reflection on social memory as a force for social and economic transformation. Written by scholars and organic intellectuals, it essentially focuses on the uses of social memory, in particular the conflict between the legacies of colonialism and the movement for fundamental change. The content addresses both experts and ordinary citizens alike, with a view to advancing discourse on where we are right now as a nation, and how we move on from here to achieve meaningful transformation. As scholars and public representatives with a deep understanding of the social, economic and political dynamics of modern history, the contributors offer their unique perspectives and reflections on history, politics, economics, culture, education, ethics and the arts, as well as the links that bind these aspects into an ecology of ideas and attitudes. The well-considered ideas which are represented here, reflect diverse perspectives which deserve to be read attentively.

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Author Biography

Muxe Nkondo

Muxe Nkondo is a social policy, national strategy development, and discourse analysis scholar and
practitioner. He is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of North
(now Limpopo) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Venda, South Africa, a Harvard
Andrew Mellon Fellow in English.
Over the years, Nkondo has been involved in national policies and strategies in several South African government
departments. He has lectured at various universities, including Harvard,
Oxford, Northwestern University in Chicago, Northeastern University in Boston, University of
Connecticut, University of Oklahoma, Colorado College, Denver, USA, and Vassar College.
He has served on various national and international associations. Recently, he provided professional advice on curriculum development and governance by the
University of South Africa, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tshwane University of
Technology, Central University of Technology, and Walter Sisulu University. He also served
as an anchor for the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, Chairperson of the Gauteng ETolls
Advisory Panel, and Chairperson of the Think Tank that drafted the National
Framework of the Liberation Heritage Route.

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March 26, 2021