VIVA AFRICA 2021
Theme: Africa and (the Other) Europe: Imageries – Discourses – Exchanges
Venue: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 15–17 September 2021
Twelfth VIVA AFRICA conference invites participants to engage in a discussion of mutual encounters, inventions, constructions and relations of all kinds taking place between Africa and Europe, in the past, present and future. Especially – although by no means exclusively – we invite scholars studying the exchanges and entanglements between African countries and those parts of Europe that are not conventionally associated with colonialism (e. g. most of Central and Eastern Europe), but which have nonetheless participated in global economic and cultural transfers, benefited from them and developed their own colonial imageries and discourses, and which have, by the virtue of their lack of an official colonial history, only recently been drawn into the discussions on postcoloniality and decolonization. One of the aims is to give more nuance to the postcolonial debate that tends to use reified notions of ‘Europe’ as simply part of the ‘West’ or the ‘global North’, forgetting about ongoing, if more subtle, developments between European countries ‘without colonies’ and the African continent.
The conference seeks to shed light on the nature of the exchange of ideas, knowledge, goods, cultural artifacts and people under various political and economic circumstances and regimes of imagination and knowledge production between Africa and Europe. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes submissions on current as well as historical topics from diverse academic as well as regional and cultural perspectives. Comparative approaches are especially appreciated.
Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni will be a keynote speaker at VIVA AFRICA 2021
We are happy to announce Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni as the confirmed keynote speaker at our VIVA AFRICA 2021 conference. He is a leading decolonial theorist with over a hundred publications in the fields of African history, African politics, African development and decolonial theory.
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is currently Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He previously worked as Research Professor and Director of Scholarship in the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal and Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa.
His latest major publications are Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization(Routledge, July 2018); Rethinking and Unthinking Development: Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Berghahn Books, March 2019) coedited with Busani Mpofu; and Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over A New Leaf (Routledge, May 2020).
Among his latest popularization activities is an article for Al Jazeera titled ‘Moral evil, economic good’: Whitewashing the sins of colonialism.