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Seeing Africa with new eyes: roadmap to the future through transformative recognition 
Peter Oni (University of Lagos)
David Stadelmann (University of Bayreuth (Germany))
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Arts and Culture (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Philosophikum, S69
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel aims at reconfiguring knowledge-production on Africa's future through an African notion of transformative recognition, that includes interactions between society, the economy, and politics for Africa's development.

Long Abstract:

Seeing Africa with New Eyes: Roadmap to the future through Transformative Recognition

Discourses relating to the future of Africa often capitalize on the clichés and borrowed paradigms of political leadership restructuring, economic reforms, environmental readjustments, and social and artistic re-engineering of Afropolitanism and Afrofuturism. Even with the adaptation and contextualizations of these paradigms, the deepening predicaments in many parts of Africa resonate as events of change, disrutpions or instability. As Africa's future is fluid with uncertainties, minds must be redirected towards a greater (empirical) understanding of the self, ourselves, the people around us, and the environment. Leveraging on Hannah Arendt's idea about plurality and alternative futuristic thinking that "men in the plural…can experience meaningfulness only because they can talk with and make sense to each other and to themselves" (Arendt, 1958, 4), this panel seeks to explore the pathways to projecting and living Africa's future through transformative recognition. It aims at reconfiguring knowledge-production on the future of Africa through the pluriversal prism of recognition, transformative mediation, and transformative recognition. Transformative recognition invokes recognition, mediation, and productive relationship with the self, others, and the environment. Contributions from multidisciplinary angles are asked to address Africa's dynamics of development. The goal is to develop notion of transformative recognition that includes the systemetic analysis of interactions between society, the economy, and politics and drives future engagements in Africa's development

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -