In this podcast episode, learn more about Mershen Pillay’s mission to transform curriculum to work within a Black African-first framework.
From our guest, Mershen Pillay: “I went to the only Black university in South Africa that trained audiologists and speech therapists… it was what was called a ‘struggle’ university so it had a strong political, sort of historical link to resisting racist policies in South Africa… and so when I looked at my class- that’s who I saw: other brown people… But everything that we were taught came from North America and Western Europe, and so I literally didn’t see anything of myself in those textbooks and journal articles… our training was very white-Euro-centric. Years later, I went backpacking through Europe and landed in London. I got into a job a few days later, and it was all familiar.”
Mershen Pillay, Audiologist and Speech Therapist
Episode notes / links
- Pillay, M., & Kathard, H. (2015). Decolonizing health professionals' education: audiology & speech therapy in South Africa. African Journal of Rhetoric, 7(1), 193-227.
- Kathard, H., & Pillay, M. (2013). Promoting change through political consciousness: A South African speech-language pathology response to the World Report on Disability. International journal of speech-language pathology, 15(1), 84-89.
- Cichero, J. A., Lam, P., Steele, C. M., Hanson, B., Chen, J., Dantas, R. O., ... & Stanschus, S. (2017). Development of international terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and thickened fluids used in dysphagia management: the IDDSI framework. Dysphagia, 32(2), 293-314.
- Pillay, M., Tiwari, R., Kathard, H., & Chikte, U. (2020). Sustainable workforce: South African audiologists and speech therapists. Human Resources for Health, 18(1), 1-13.
- Abrahams, K., Kathard, H., Harty, M., & Pillay, M. (2019). Inequity and the professionalisation of speech-language pathology. Professions and Professionalism, 9(3).
- Pillay, M., & Kathard, H. (2018). Renewing our cultural borderlands. Topics in Language Disorders, 38(2), 143-160.
- Pillay, T., & Pillay, M. (2021). Syncing Our Global Thinking: A Framework for Contextualized Clinical Reasoning. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 6(5), 1281-1290.
- Pillay, M. (2003). Cross-cultural practice: What is it really about?. Folia phoniatrica et logopaedica, 55(6), 293-299.