The School of Social Sciences, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and the SOAS University of London present their first joint Symposium on the theme of ‘Decolonising Knowledge’

Date: 25 February 2021

Time: 10h00

Finishes: 26 February 2021

Time: 17h00

Venue: Virtual Event

Welcome speeches by Professor Nana Poku (UKZN Vice Chancellor) and Professor Adam Habib (SOAS Director)

Keynotes by Professor Achille Mbembe, Professor Francis Nyamnjoh, Professor Desiree Lewis, Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Professor Ciraj Rassool

What are the possibilities for south-north collaborations in terms of knowledge production, embedded notions of power relations, interdisciplinarity and the exchange of ideas? How do the urban spaces that house our libraries, museums, and universities impact on our sense of the ‘global’ and the ‘local’, and our understandings of Africa and African in the world, and how do we navigate this research with fieldwork ‘on the ground’? How can rural spaces be recognised as potential repositories of (indigenous) memory and heritage? How do the vast distances that are so often required to bring collections – artefacts, archives, artworks – and curators together help us think of new archival itineraries and exhibition practices? How do the archives and texts marginalize/silence the voices of women? How is the history of slavery or neo colonial forms of slavery and enslavement being contested, re-remembered in culture and the curriculum? How is the issue of decolonization, Africanization and transformation being remembered and embedded in the curriculum?

The main themes of the Symposium are:

  • Decolonizing knowledge production/Africanizing Knowledge Production
  • Mobility, Migration, Diaspora
  • Archives, museums & heritage as Contested Spaces of Identity
  • Decolonization and Feminist Voice/s
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and COVID-19


This event is open to the public; however, registration is required.

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Organiser: School of Social Sciences, UKZN

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Organiser: SOAS Centre of African Studies

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