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Upcoming Event: African Studies in Africa as Generational and Epistemological Insurrections

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024, 17:30-19:00

Venue: Room 603, 6th Floor, Building No.2, Sophia University & on Zoom

Language: English


What is the transformative potential of African Studies in shaping the continent's future? How do African studies look like in Africa? Is it different from African Studies carried out elsewhere in the world, say America, Europe, and Asia? Please join Prof. Kafarhire, a distinguished scholar and advocate dedicated to peacebuilding, social justice, and sustainable development in Africa, and a leader of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) as he addresses these questions and other related topics.

In this talk, Prof. Kafarhire will delve into the essence of African Studies, examining its critical role in understanding and addressing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by African societies. He will highlight the necessity of African-centred perspectives in academia, deconstructing inherited tropes and stereotypes in the “colonial library,” thus paving the way to intentional and positive policy-making and community development. Indeed, doing African Studies in Africa suggests exploring new epistemological paths and advocating an approach that honours indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage. Prof. Kafarhire will share practical insights into the implementation of African Studies within educational institutions and grassroots movements. This seminar will examine how Africans are reimagining African futures to foster a culture of wellbeing that takes into an account our collective responsibility, equity, and the creativity necessary to balance sustainability of life and the health of the planet.

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