The Paulo Freire Project of the School of Education is delighted to announce that the most recent winner of the Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award, Prof Michael Neocosmos, will be presenting a session on Thinking Freedom in Africa:

WHEN: 15h00, Thursday 19th October 2017

WHERE: Centre for Visual Arts, Main Campus, Pietermaritzburg

Drinks, snacks, as well as copies of Michael’s book – Thinking Freedom in Africa: Toward a Theory of Emancipatory Politics – for you to buy (at a special discounted rate – R430 instead of R500), will be available after the session.

Prof Neocosmos is Director of the Uhuru Centre at (the university currently known as) Rhodes University. For more information, please see: https://www.ru.ac.za/uhuru/people/profmichaelneocosmos/

One of the referee reports to the Frantz Fanon Awards Committee reads: “… given that the global division of academic labour continues to assume that Africans will, as Lewis Gordon notes, provide experience to be theorized by the West, the fact that this book thinks from Africa, via an engagement with popular struggles in Africa and in conversation with a genuinely international body of theory … there is something heretical, and genuinely politically significant, about this project”.

Firoze Manji, founder of Pambazuka News and publisher at Daraja Press, has said of the book: “This exceptional book finally reasserts the struggle for emancipation and a universal humanity as being central to an understanding of the history of Africa as well as the essential basis for constructing a future based on humanity, equality and justice. Michael is to be congratulated for reestablishing African people’s contribution to humanity, something that has long been occluded by both Africans and Africanists.”

Please RSVP for catering purposes: Anne Harley HarleyA@ukzn.ac.za

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