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Critique and African futures 
Tyler Zoanni (University of Bremen)
Sandra Calkins (University of Twente)
Sabine Mohamed (Johns Hopkins University)
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Anthropology (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 25
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel considers critique and afro-futures. It centers traditions of critique and critical practice in and from Africa. We invite contributions that go beyond Euro-American schools of thought, and address links between critique and diverse projects of future-making in African settings.

Long Abstract:

What is critique, and what is it for? How might answers to such blunt questions shift when we attend to traditions of critique and critical practice emergent from African contexts? Euro-American traditions famously figure critique in terms of secular, skeptical interrogations of social institutions, reifying outstanding thinkers who transcend their times and circumstances. Seeking to parochialize such visions, we invite presentations that instead engage the vibrant and varied place of critique and critical practices in African pasts and presents. Considering diverse sites, forms, genres, and institutions on the African continent may allow us to think differently about what critique is and what it can do–and not just for Africa. In line with the conference themes, this panel particularly seeks to explore the role of critique in conceptualizing futurity. In what ways can critique be linked to imagining and enacting African futures and modes of inhabitation?

To that end, we invite contributions that explore critique in a broad range of fields and themes, among them:

· Climate change and environmental action

· Politics and religion

· Mass and social media, literature, film

· Architecture and design

· African philosophy

· Urbanization and infrastructure

· Everyday life and speech

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -