Redeemer’s University, Ede
Osun State, Nigeria
Africanity connotes a sense of recognition of the Africanness of the African, the essence of being an African, and an awareness of mental decolonization. The concept of Africanity arose as a response to various attempts on the part of the West to deny the contributions of Africa to world civilization, and to demean its great institutions. African identity has been the severely and exceptionally assaulted, maligned, denied, and manipulated by external forces, including by colonizing and neocolonizing epistemologies. The porousness and emptiness of such denials, betraying breathtaking distortions of historicity in their argumentation were, to say the least, racist.
It is in the context of the deliberate usurpation and denigration of African subjectivity that Africanity occupies a central position as an indispensable tool for a redemptive epistemological rebellion, resistance and negation. Archie Mafeje, who popularized this concept, notes that ‘Africanity, if properly understood, has profound political, ideological, cosmological and intellectual implication’. As such, Africanity is an imperative in the search for the reaffirmation, rediscovery and renaissance of Africa and indigenous knowledge systems.
The 2016 TOFAC International is centered on the universe of Africanity as an epistemic and ontological tool of analysis. The conference will provide a platform for intellectual debates around the historical and anthropological evidence about what constitutes Africanity in its multidimensional and multiple meanings, its contestations, its applications, and its limitations. Papers are invited on the following wide-ranging aspects of Africanity:
African Cultures and Civilization, African philosophies and ideologies, Pan Africanism, African knowledge systems, Preserving indigenous (African) knowledge; African economic and political systems; Education systems in Africa; Africa and religion; African religions and enc; Indigenous and contemporary African media (music, film/home videos, theater); Innovations in African technologies
Please submit all abstracts electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting abstracts/proposals of not more than 250 words, is April 15, 2016
What constitutes Africanity?
The conference will provide a platform for intellectual debates on how Africanity is an imperative in the search for the reaffirmation, rediscovery and renaissance of Africa and indigenous knowledge systems.