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E29
Local knowledge and its (non-)integration in ‘formal’ education institutions [initiated by the Grup d'Estudi de les Societats Africanes/Barcelona, University of Ilorin, MITDS, Bolgatanga]
Convenors:
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
David Millar (Millar Institute For Transdisciplinary And Development Studies (Mitds))
Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju (University of Ilorin)
Albert Roca (University of Lleida)
Stream:
E: Transdisciplinary debates

Abstract:

In official curriculums of African schools and universities there is often a lot of resistance to include and use indigenous African knowledge : modes of knowledge – scientific and metaphysical, and modes of their transmission: through oral/informal forms, written/’formal’ forms, through institutional and non-institutional routes, through language(s), the arts and through artefacts of indigenous science and technology. What are the experiences of attempts to bring these ‘local’ forms of knowledge together with ‘formal’ forms, especially in African universities?