ADEKEYE ADEBAJO: Looking further afield to transform humanities curricula
Conference seeks to draw on transformation lessons from post-colonial Africa and post-civil rights America
An interdisciplinary conference on Transforming the Humanities Curriculum will be held at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the weekend of August 18 and 19. Organised by the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, the meeting seeks to draw lessons from five African countries — Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana — as well as the establishment of the field of African-American studies in the US, in an effort to contribute to scholarship and policies on transforming SA’s humanities curricula. SA’s education system still mirrors colonial education paradigms and the hegemony of western thought, with African knowledge systems and indigenous voices often marginalised. This conference thus explicitly seeks to draw on transformation lessons from postcolonial Africa and post-civil rights America.These transformation efforts are not a call to delink Africa from the rest of the world, but rather to view the world from an African perspective. The conference celebrates t...