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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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Acta Theologica receives international recognition
2007-10-02

 

Acta Theologica, the accredited theological journal of the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS), was recently honoured as the first South African theological journal to be accepted for indexing in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the American International Scientific Index (ISI). The aim of the ISI is to identify and index the world’s most influential academic journals. Each year about 2 000 academic journals are evaluated, of which only 10-12% are added to the list. The South African government uses the ISI list, as well as its own list, for funding research at South African universities. Due to the ISI’s high standards, only a small minority of South African academic journals have succeeded in being added to the ISI list. Here are, from the left: Prof. Hermie van Zyl (Dean of the UFS Faculty of Theology) and Prof. Francois Tolmie (Head of the UFS Department of New Testament) with copies of the journal.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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