Anti-apartheid activist is UP Manila’s 1st visiting professor from South Africa

The Political Science Program of the Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila will host the university’s first visiting professor from South Africa, Mohamed Seedat on March 17 to April 15, 2014. He is a professor and director of the Institute of Social and Health Sciences in the University of South Africa and a pioneer in bridging health and social sciences.

Professor Seedat is a renowned scholar, psychologist and advocate for social justice. His early years as a disenfranchised person of color under South Africa’s racist-capitalist system of Apartheid were marked by an illegitimate statutory deprivation of access to a quality education and conditions aimed at denying him equal opportunity to success. Despite this Apartheid legacy, Mohamed’s academic strengths, will to impel social change, and appreciation for the agency of the collective in pursuing justice contributed to his decision, early in his career, to offer a scientific contribution to global scholarship that is founded on the principles of justice, health and human rights, and compassion. These influences and driving values have coalesced during the course of his career into an application of and a call for science serving humanity. This background has shaped Mohamed’s ongoing interest and passion in scholarship on liberatory traditions in science, safety, peace and health promotion, community development, and human rights, as well as strengthened his commitment to global solidarity in the struggle against violence, poverty and oppression.

At present, Mohamed is a community-center development and violence prevention researcher, facilitator, academic coach, mentor and post-graduate student supervisor. With a background on liberatory and critical community psychology, public health and trans-disciplinary thought, he writes in areas of community engagement, social connectivity, injury prevention and intellectual traditions in sciences. He is current leading a multi-country study on safety, peace and health promotion and the establishment of safety demonstration sites across various African countries. He is also conducting work on the making of communities and the determinants of safety and peace.