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Elelwani Ramugondo


Elelwani Ramugondo is a professor of occupational therapy at UCT. She worked as a clinician in rural South Africa and in the United States of America during the 1990s. She is previous Head of Occupational Therapy at UCT. Following the fall of the Rhodes Statue at UCT, she served for a year as Special Advisor on Transformation to the Vice Chancellor. During 2016 and 2017, she co-Chaired the Curriculum Change Working Group, tasked with facilitating dialogue on decolonising curricula university-wide, and developing a UCT curriculum change framework. Ramugondo is the current Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee at UCT. Her scholarship on intergenerational play led to the conceptualisation of the term, occupational consciousness, informed by liberation philosophy, and coloniality as an aspect of western‐led modernity. This has laid groundwork for several doctoral studies adopting a decolonial approach to scholarship in occupational therapy and occupational science. Ramugondo has published several peer‐reviewed articles and chapters in books. Her publications cover a broad range of topics including theorisation in the context of discovery, spirituality in occupational therapy practice and the political nature of human occupation. She has recently published a co-edited book titled, Concepts in occupational therapy: Understanding Southern perspectives.