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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 appoints first head of Internationalisation

Dr Aldo Stroebel, researcher at the Directorate Research Development of the University of the Free State (UFS), was appointed as the first head of the UFS Internationalisation Office. Dr Stroebel joined the UFS in 2003 and was mainly responsible for identifying international research funding opportunities. 

He is also affiliated to the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at the UFS and co-ordinates the training and accreditation component of one of the programmes of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (ASGI-SA) managed by the UFS. Dr Stroebel is tasked with the responsibility to create, in close co-operation with Deans, an effective support structure for the two main components of internationalisation, namely international student support and the internationalisation of research. His appointment is effective from 1 January 2007.

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