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African anthropology and the decolonial in the emerging multipolar twenty-first century 
David O'Kane (Nelson Mandela University)
Dmitry Bondarenko
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Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

What does, or should, "decolonization" mean for today's anthropology of Africa? This panel invites papers dealing with this question in the context of the twenty-first century's emerging multi-polar world order. Papers from any theoretical or ethnographic perspective on Africa will be considered.

Long Abstract:

In recent years, the concepts of “decolonization” and the “decolonial” have returned to the forefront of debate on Africa. This raises significant questions about the definition of these concepts and their use within contemporary African anthropology. While much of the vast body of literature on decolonial topics still looks back to the anti-colonial struggles of the past, we believe that the present evolution of the world situation may require a transcendence of this intellectual heritage, given the apparent emergence of a multi-polar global order. Africa’s position in this newer economic and political world order is by no means clear: changes in the world situation, therefore, are likely to require changes in how today’s anthropology of Africa deals with issues such as decolonization, however that concept is defined. The historical association of earlier generations of anthropologists with colonial power may be well-known: we are less certain, however, when it comes to the relationship between the decolonial and the twenty-first century discipline. This panel therefore seeks anthropological papers from any theoretical or ethnographic perspective which deal with the “doing” or “undoing” of decoloniality or decolonization (however defined) in African anthropology today, with a view to redefining the concept (papers dealing with the persistence of the colonial, the neocolonial, or coloniality will also be considered). We will particularly welcome papers engaging with such important African issues as foreign aid, nation-building, regional and pan-continental integration, and which engage with them in order to creatively discuss the terms "decolonial" and "to decolonize".

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -