The Decolonial Turn and the Humanities Curriculum:
Prospects, Practice and Interventions
10- 12 July 2019 | Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria
(in collaboration with UCT, UFS, Rhodes, US, UWC, Wits and UKZN)
Resources – Thinking Africa Imprint (UKZN Press)
‘This rich collection presents a profound challenge from the South to Philosophy everywhere. Starting with a thoughtful response to the recent student revolt in South Africa, it fundamentally problematises the self-understanding of the discipline and opens up exciting and at the same time necessary new avenues for Philosophy as reshaped through the recognition of place and event. In the process, it moves beyond many of the tired stalemates in the current debates and presents academics and intellectuals worldwide with powerful new ways of understanding their task. A must-read for every self-critical philosopher, which to my mind means every philosopher worthy of the name.’ To read the title chapter in English, click here, and for an IsiZulu translation of the core argument of the same chapter, click here.
- Louise du Toit, professor in the Department of Philosophy, Stellenbosch University.
“This book, which brilliantly interweaves the precolonial and postcolonial history of Zimbabwe by African Zimbabweans, is long overdue. The historical and contemporary perspectives are quite beautiful, as is the robust critique of Thomas Torino’s The Middle Class, Cosmopolitanism and Popular Music in Harare, Zimbabwe (2003). The focus on gender is excellent; so is the splendid analysis of music in culture, and culture and music. Performing Zimbabwe has integrity and a place among the existing academic literature on Zimbabwe, not only in Africa but in the Western world as well.” For an extract, click here.
- Chartwell Dutiro, musican, singer, song-writer, teacher in PhD music research at Bath Spa University, associate lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Music in its Cultural Contexts and Mbira Performance Ensemble
“At a time when South Africans are struggling with questions of identity and belonging, Vanderhaeghen grapples with, among other things, his own prejudice, with racism, with ideological conflict, with whiteness, with what it means to be African and with what might be meant by an “Afrikaner” identity. Dilemmas of politics, representation and meaning making animate this book. A complex and subtle portrait emerges of identity-in-the-making and the role that the media play as cultural entrepreneurs in the construction and demarcation of the boundaries and currencies of imagined communities.” For an extract, click here.
- Louise Vincent, professor of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University
“This book brings together insights from scholars and activists that deepen our understanding of the ways in which NGOs work and the limits of their social roles. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand more about a significant social trend, and for those who are looking for new ideas on how to work for a fairer society.” For an extract, click here.
- Steven Friedman, Director: Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg
‘This is the most brilliant work of postcolonial philosophy I have read in years. The way Praeg integrates Ubuntu in order to rescue its emancipatory potential is mind blowing. This is radical postcolonial philosophy at its best, drinking in the deep waters of irredeemable losses and absences.’ For the full manuscript, click here.
- Boaventura de Sousa Santos, professor of sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
‘This is one of the most profound, most foundational discussions of the concept of Ubuntu to date. The unusually thoughtful essays take the question of Ubuntu further than it has ever been taken before. It is highly recommended reading for anyone concerned about the present and future – political, material, social, legal, and ethical – of life in the global South. And elsewhere.’ For the full manuscript, click here.
- John Comaroff, Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies, Harvard University
“One of the most noticeable qualities of the book is its exploration of suffering and trauma from a local and global perspective and its highlighting of the fact that, although geographically circumscribed, the many conflicts that have disfigured the Great Lakes regions for more than a century, demand a novel reading grid to attend to the epistemological, spatial and temporal complexities of the Central African context”. For the full manuscript, click here.
- Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, author of V.Y. Mudimbe: Undisciplined Africanism (2013)
“This book is highly innovative in its re-evaluation of alterity. It marshals a broad range of theories from Adorno to Marx to Walter Benjamin, all the while “grounding” it in African politics and aesthetics through the lens of Yacouba Konate. A veritable tour de force, if ever there was one.’ For the full manuscript, click here.
- Kgomotso Masemola, associate professor of English, University of South Africa
“In a work of brilliant scholarship, combining both popular and academic history, Julia Wells has given us a new and deeper appreciation of the amaXhosa’s struggle to defend their land. In the process she demolishes many of the myths surrounding the historical figure of Makhanda and the battle of Grahamstown”. For the full manuscript, click here.
- Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand