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 (Azwi) Muthivhi (Chair); Ms Giulietta Harrison (now Dr. Giulietta Harrison Scribe); Dr Joanne Hardman; Dr Heather Jacklin; A/Prof Dick Ng’ambi; Ms S’mangele Mayisela; Ms Anya Morris; Ms Joy Levine and Ms Nazia Bavo.
The purpose of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) Scholarly Forum is to create a platform for doctoral and master students pursuing research within the cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) research framework, so as to receive peer review and deepen their understanding of research and advances in CHAT theory and methods. Doctoral and masters research students are thus provided with the opportunity to build relations with other students or academics working in CHAT and intersecting fields.
CHAT Africa Forum further aims to foster robust debates and critical scholarship, as well as cultivating innovative research informed by contemporary advances in CHAT and related theoretical and methodological traditions. To this end, CHAT Forum endeavours to encourage local and international scholarly and research collaborations for purposes of addressing developmental and transformational issues and challenges within schooling and society in Africa particularly, and the global majority world communities more broadly.