ADEKEYE ADEBAJO: Breathing new life into pan-Africanism
A gathering of luminaries at the newly established Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation will debate some
Pan-Africanism is defined as the effort to promote the political, socioeconomic and cultural unity and self-reliance of Africa and its diaspora. It is a much underresearched topic. To correct this gap, the newly established Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg will host a three-day public conference next weekend on The Pan-African Pantheon. The meeting will commemorate the Soweto youth uprising of June 16 1976 against apartheid education, during which 176 protesting pupils were killed. It is also a concrete contribution to efforts to decolonise SA’s academic curriculum, and to ensure that its epistemology reflects its African context. The seminar will adopt an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on history, politics, sociology, economics, philosophy, literature and music. It also represents an effort to create a Johannesburg school of pan-Africanism that can help revive pan-Africanism as a civilsociety movement linking actors from ...