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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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Darwin lecture on transitions and extinctions presented at the UFS

"Transitions and extinctions" was the topic of the latest lecture in the year long lecture series called "The story of life and survival" presented last week on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. The lecture was presented by Dr Jennifer Botha-Brink, a palaeontologist at the National Museum, and affiliated to the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the UFS. "Most species that have ever lived on earth are extinct, so understanding the processes of extinction is crucial to understanding the evolution of the biosphere,'" said Dr Botha-Brink. She discussed the causes of mass extinctions and their effects on the world's organisms - an issue that may be relevant to us as human beings as we enter the next major mass extinction. Here are, from the left: Prof. Jo van As, Head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the UFS, Dr Botha-Brink and Mr Rick Nuttall, Director of the National Museum.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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