Anth46
Decolonizing the academy in future Africa [Roundtable] [CLOSED]

Convenors:
Michael Bollig (University of Cologne)
Michaela Pelican (University of Cologne)
Discussant:
Michaela Pelican (University of Cologne)
Stream:
Social Anthropology
Location:
Appleton Tower, Seminar Room 2.04
Session slots:
1
Thursday 13 June, 10:45 - 12:30

Short abstract:

Connections and disruptions are part and parcel of contemporary debates on decolonizing the academy. In this roundtable we wish to discuss different visions of how a decolonized academy will shape knowledge production in future Africa and beyond.

Long abstract:

Connections and disruptions are part and parcel of contemporary debates on decolonizing the academy. In this roundtable we wish to discuss different visions of how a decolonized academy will shape knowledge production in future Africa and beyond. The dominance of the Eurocentric epistemic model has been challenged by different actors in Africa and other parts of the world. Student/academic activists, most pronouncedly in South Africa, decry the colonial legacy of African universities and demand a break with the past. They call for African curricula that are tailored to the practical needs of African students and recognize African forms of knowledge production. In this roundtable, we wish to jointly reflect on the following questions: The current calls for decolonizing the academy are diverse, as different definitions of 'decolonization' and 'curricula' are in use. What is the essence of the definitions employed by different actors? How will higher education in and for future Africa look like? Should African curricula be used only in African universities? How can they contribute to globally applicable curricula? How can advocates of decolonization succeed in their mission when they are complexly involved (for example, through their university affiliations) in producing and disseminating knowledge that has been influenced by the legacy of colonialism? What are alternative models of knowledge production and dissemination, and how could they be applied?