n South African Journal of Higher Education - Editorial : part 2 : being and belonging in South African higher education : the voices of black women academics

Volume 28, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Part 2 of this special issue of the (SAJHE) takes stock of and reflects on black women's experiences in higher education. It focuses on black women academics. The contributions theorise on what it means to be a black woman researching and working at a higher education institution (HEI) in South Africa, given the contributors' varied backgrounds, experiences, expectations from society and colleagues, and many more. The reflections are drawn from women who started their careers as school educators. Because of the paradigms at work in HEIs, the identities, experiences and aspirations of black women academics become blurred. This is why Howard-Vital (1989) argues that failure to focus on their specific challenges would be a form of silencing that obscures and isolates them, thereby rendering them invisible and powerless.

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