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Call for papers


Qualitative Transformation: Meaning and Evaluation

The Africa Earth Observatory Network-Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute (AEON-ESSRI) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and Trébol Press seek
to publish a collection of peer reviewed papers on the timely theme of “qualitative transformation.”


We welcome contributions from around the world and across disciplines that analyze and explore the meaning of "qualitative transformation" and its implications.


Brief description of the aim of the book


In this book, different authors from different disciplines and countries explore the meaning of “qualitative transformation.” Each author explains and evaluates “qualitative transformation” in terms of their own area of research and presents their own theories, evidence-based analysis, literature reviews, and methods.


Call for papers

Politicians, managers and administrators frequently talk of "transformation," especially in countries like South Africa, which seek to move away from a painful past of oppression, autocracy, dehumanisation, exploitation, and injustice to a more just and democratic future for its people. "Qualitativ transformation" is an important research theme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and is part of the governmental and institutional Vision 2020 scheme. What does “qualitative transformation” mean? How can we evaluate it? We need to explore “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, research disciplines, and contexts.


This book will present international research on “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, disciplines, and contexts. Each contributor will explain and clarify the meaning of “qualitative transformation" in relation to their own research and experiences. They will be critically engaging with relevant theories, practices, and methodologies, and supporting their ideas with evidence and critical reflections.


This will be of value for readers who are interested in defining, debating and understanding “qualitative transformation” and to carry out their own research and practice in evaluating and bringing about qualitative transformation. Each contribution will display situations, practices and lives in different countries and contexts and the values and commitments of different practitioners struggling to make a difference to humanity, their community and country, and the future of the world.


Required length: 5000 to 12000 words

Deadline for a 250-400 words abstract, March 31, 2015

Deadline for submission July, 1, 2015

Edited by Alon Serper (Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)


Send abstracts or inquiries to Alon Serper at Alon.Serper@nmmu.ac.za

To be published by Trébol Press www.trebolpress.com


Sponsored by the Africa Earth Observatory Network-Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, chaired by Prof. Maarten de Wit. http://aeon.org.za/



Trébol Press



I like these extract from Fromm

on being critical that I like very much.


Introduction to Ivan D Illich Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution Calder & Boyars London 1969

Here is what progress means to the humanistic philosopher Erich Fromm


IvanD Illich Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution Calder & Boyars London 1969



Introduction by Erich Fromm


Here is something I put in my research101 moodle at http://learn.nmmu.ac.za/mod/forum/view.php?f=3710


Worth reiterating and focusing on.  I completely agree with Fromm.  Scholarship and academic and scientific writing does not mean isolating ideas and observation from the person making them. Somebody, a person is making and developing and communicating them. It means backing ideas with evidence, or facts.  It means making significant contributions to humanity, human and the world's development and prosperity.  It means challenging and critical engagement with existing ideas, adding to them and transforming them.


Every claim must be backed up with evidence or fact, all ideas must be critically and clearly engaged with, scrutinized challenged and enquired into




If you do this, and do this well, you will have a PhD, publications and successful academic careers.


Erich Fromm 1969

page 9


Humanistic radicalism is radical questioning guided by insight into the dynamics of man’s nature; and by concern for man’s growth and full unfolding. 


In contrast to contemporary positivistic thinking it is not “objective”, if objectivity means theorizing without a passionately held aim which impels and nourishes the process of thinking.  But it is exceedingly objective, if it means that every step in the process of thinking is based on critically sifted evidenceand furthermore if it takes a critical attitude toward common-sensical premises. All this means that humanist radicalism questions every idea and every institution from the standpoint of whether it helps or hinders man’s capacity for greater aliveness and joy.


Erich Fromm. Introduction.  In

Illich, I. (1969).  Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution. London. Calder & Boyars



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