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25 May 2020

The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (CGAS) and the UFS will host an Africa Day Webinar on the topic, Reflections on Africa amidst Covid-19, to be delivered by Prof. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, renowned decolonial scholar. The title of his lecture is Revisiting the African idea of Africa during the moment of Covid-19 pandemic.

The crisis delivered by Coronavirus and Covid-19 invites Africans to rethink and even unthink the long-standing dependency on Europe and North America for help. What has dawned on Africa is the equally long-standing aspiration of self-reliance. What is emerging is a new African idea of Africa which takes responsibility for its own challenges. This new African idea of Africa challenges the Mudimbean idea of Africa embodied in the colonial library.

Thus this presentation reassesses how Africa has relied on its own historical experience, its own knowledge, and own people to confront Covid-19. What is of interest here is the proverbial wisdom of necessity being the source of invention. The presentation brings to the fore the decolonial turn as it gestures beyond crisis into post-Covid-19 world order. It ends with a call for decolonial love founded on new ethics of living together and new economies of care.

Bio of Prof Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatshen


Date: Tuesday, 26 May, 2020
Time: 14:00
Duration: 90 min max (45 min talk, 45 min Q&A)

The webinar can be accessed via one of the following links:


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UFS faculty signs commitment to leadership communication
2008-11-11

 
The faculty committee of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) signed the commitment to leadership communication that the Executive Management committed itself to during its recent meeting. Here are, from the left: Prof. Hennie Oosthuizen, Department of Criminal Law and Medical Law, Prof. Johan Henning, Dean of the faculty, and Prof. Voet du Plessis, Department of Mercantile Law; back: Mr Brand Claassen, Department of Private Law, Prof. Martin Dednam, Department of Private Law, Mr Neels Swanepoel, UFS Law Clinic, and Prof. Shaun de Freitas, Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law .
Photo: Stephen Collett

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