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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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Law Teachers Congress, University of the Free State

The Congress of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa (17-20 January 2005) to be hosted by Free State University's Faculty of Law, promises to be the largest gathering of the Society yet. No less than fifty papers will be delivered, including no less than twenty-five legal fields of specialisation. The Congress aims at providing an ideal platform for collegial interaction and a wonderful opportunity for more experienced academics to assist newer colleagues to establish themselves in the academic arena. The Faculty of Law, UFS is hosting the Congress as part of the University's Centenary celebrations, celebrating 100 years of excellence in education. In the words of Prof. Johan Henning, Dean of the Faculty: "As law teachers, we are aware of the ever increasing importance of the role that we need to play in making the law a dynamic and vibrant part of our societies -; this is exemplified by the theme of the Congress, which is "Law in Action".

See website of the Faculty of Law, UFS for more details.

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