Dahlem Humanities Center Lectures (Summer Semester 2021)

Decolonizing Knowledge: Re-Centering Africa and African Epistemologies in the Quest for Global Transformation

18:15 - 19:45
Dahlem Humanities Center, International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures," Margherita von Brentano Center(all FU Berlin)
Lecturing Person
Oyeronke Oyewumi (Stony Brook University)

Currently, the call to decolonize universities, disciplines, social movements and even knowledge itself, resonates globally. Nowhere is the quest for social transformation more resonant than in Africa, and amongst peoples of African descent, given their centuries-old place in the unequal/unjust global system. Since its inauguration, Eurocentric epistemologies were foundational to the subjugation of conquered peoples and their continuing domination.Thus the recovery of endogenous intellectual traditions is necessary as Africans seek to reclaim their sovereignty. The lecture will draw from my own decades-long research on African systems of knowledge, gender, race, decoloniality, and self-recovery.

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please register here by June 14, 2021. All necessary information will be sent to you one day prior to the event.