Africa Talks: Decolonizing Knowledge Systems [Audio]
Published January 16, 2020
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    Speaker(s): Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dr Wangui wa Goro, Dr Romina Istratii, | A crucial conversation with leading thinkers on current attempts to decolonise Eurocentric knowledge systems in Africa, and their role in challenging the enduring effects of colonialism in African and global society. To kick-start 2020’s acclaimed Africa Talks series, we are delighted to host Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dr Wangui wa Goro and Dr Romina Istratii to discuss decolonisation and African knowledge systems. Across Africa, governments, universities and activist groups are making spirited efforts to decolonise the Eurocentric systems of knowledge that continue to pervade the continent. But what does this mean and how can it be achieved? More than transforming how knowledge is taught and produced in the academy, the ‘decolonisation of African knowledge systems’ can be seen as a tool in a wider toolbox aimed at challenging the incessant sway of colonialism on understanding present-day African society. The speakers will examine some of the progress made in decolonising Africa’s knowledge systems, discussing present ideas on how these systems can be rethought, re-framed and reconstructed, and the complicated role played by global North-South knowledge exchange programmes in attempts to further the continent’s epistemological agency.
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