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Melissa Harris Perry at AAA 2016
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Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production

May 25–28, 2018

Crowne Plaza Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

Who speaks with authority about Africa’s contemporary successes and failures? Is “the African Library” restricted to “europhone” scholarship? To what extent is post-colonialism a relevant lens through which we regard contemporary patterns, processes, and institutions? What is the state of African Studies? Is post-colonialism still a relevant framework for studying Africa’s contemporary successes and failures? Who is allowed to theorize Africa? Are “Europhone” intellectuals the only scholars of Africa? These are just a few of the questions framing Shifting Boundaries of Knowledge Production about Africa, a conference dedicated to exploring new theoretical and practical approaches to the study of Africa’s past, present, and future. This three-day conference will bring together some of the most eminent, dynamic, and engaged scholars who will address important topical themes in African Studies across the humanities and social sciences, from historiography, literature, linguistics, anthropology, politics, and technological transformations to art and popular culture. 

The conference will open with an evening keynote lecture on African philosophical and didactic traditions and their relevance to contemporary challenges and theories of social justice and rule of law. On days two and three there will be roundtables, panels, posters, and flash presentations engaging critical topics, ranging from migration to climate change. In addition to panels on urbanization, tours of the area will be available, highlighting regional cultures, histories, politics, and infrastructure. Optional hands-on workshops will engage small groups in exchanging practical ideas that participants can take back to their home institutions.

 Logos: African Studies Association, American Anthropological Association, Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute: Investing in Thought Leaders for Africa’s Renewal, Anthropology: Southern Africa, Wits City Institute (CITY), Universiteit van Pretoria - University of Pretoria - Yunibesithi ya Pretoria



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