CHAT Scholarly Forum

Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) Scholarly Forum


The Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) Scholarly Forum is a platform for doctoral students pursuing research within the cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) research framework, to receive peer review and deepen their understanding of research and advances in CHAT theory and methods. In addition, both doctoral and masters research students have an opportunity to build relations with other students or academics working in the field. CHAT Forum further fosters robust debates and critical scholarship; as well as cultivates innovative research, informed by contemporary advances in the theory and methods of CHAT tradition.  To this end, CHAT Forum encourages local and international scholarly collaborations of highest standards for purposes of advancing research and scholarship in the field.



CHAT Forum was founded on 4th April, 2013 in the School of Education, University of Cape Town by staff and students of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The founding members comprised of Dr Eddie Muthivhi (Chair); Ms Giulietta Harrison (now Dr. Giulietta Harrison, Scribe); A/Prof Joanne Hardman; Dr Heather Jacklin; A/Prof Dick Ng’ambi; Ms S’mangele Mayisela; Ms  Anya Morris; Ms Joy Levine and Ms Nazia Bavo.

Some of the milestones of the CHAT Forum in its short history include:

  • A symposium in Primary Education with Professor Anna Stetsenko of City University of New York
  • Doctoral graduation of a CHAT Forum’s first student convenor, Dr, Giuletta Harrison , December, 2014; Now Director of Social Development Unit at Rhodes University.
  • Ms. S’ma Mayisela, a CHAT Forum convenor, visited Professor Engeström‘s CRADLE Center at the University of Helsinki.  
  • Professor Yrjö Engeström of the University of Helsinki visit to University of Cape Town in 2015.
  • CHAT Forum doctoral candidates increased enormously over the past two years. 

Meeting Dates / Venue

Date:       Every last Wednesday of the month @ 15h00

Venue:    ETILAB, 2.06 Neville Alexander Building

Contact: Ms Amal Albassam (Email: