SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Contested Spaces: Epistemic (A)Symmetries, Mobilities, Identities

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Contested Spaces Symposium

Date: 25 February 2021Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 26 February 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Symposium

SOAS University of London and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, present their first joint Symposium on the theme of 'Decolonising Knowledge'.

Welcome speeches by Professor Adam Habib (SOAS Director) & Professor Nana Poku (UKZN Vice Chancellor)

Keynotes by Prof Achille Mbembe, Prof Francis Nyamnjoh, Prof Desiree Lewis, Prof Carolyn Hamilton, Prof Ciraj Rassool

Zoom Links

Thursday 25th February

Zoom link 1 - 9am start

Contested Spaces Symposium 1: Welcome and Keynote Conversation on Decolonising Knowledge Production

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__OrfNeBLR36mxoUAIQMDOQ 

Zoom link 2 - 10.30am start

Contested Spaces Symposium 2: Panel on Decolonising Knowledge Production/Africanising Knowledge

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WaC2HTLSL6dWgP2uCgGKg 

Zoom link 3 - 12.15pm start

Contested Spaces Symposium 3: Panel on Mobility, Migration, Diaspora

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6XON7c3NQgCMHIEQZljvkw 

Zoom link 4 - 2pm start

Contested Spaces Symposium 4: Keynote Conversation: Archives, Museums and Heritage as Contested Spaces of Identity and Panel Discussion

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jYPq5y_hSduX1qlhKU9Taw 

Friday 26th February

Zoom link 5 - 9am start

Contested Spaces Symposium 5: Welcome & Keynote Conversation with Professor Vivian Ojong (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Professor Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town)

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SfX2efskQ-y3jy6rLdcolQ 

Zoom link 6 - 10.15 start

Contested Spaces Symposium 6: Panel on Decolonisation and Feminist Voice/s & Keynote Conversation on Decolonisation and Feminist Voice/s

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Aqjhl7k2TVi1d1-TUFgNKw

Zoom link 7 - 12.45 start

Contested Spaces Symposium 7: Panel on Covid-19 - Issues of Human Rights and Social Justice

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hV88CteyTN-wUkACj9c8ww 

Zoom link 8 - 2.15 pm start

Contested Spaces Symposium 8: Keynote Conversation with Professor Carolyn Hamilton & Professor Ciraj Rassool and Closing Remarks

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J_TidfchQESHmKJbtr-BaA 

Symposium Questions:

What are the possibilities for south-north collaborations in terms of knowledge production, embedded notions of power relations, interdisciplinarity, the exchange of ideas? How do the urban spaces that house our libraries, museums, and universities impact on our sense of the ‘global’ and the ‘local’, and our understandings of Africa and African in the world, and how do we navigate this research with fieldwork ‘on the ground’? How can rural spaces be recognised as potential repositories of (indigenous) memory and heritage? How do the vast distances that are so often required to bring collections – artefacts, archives, artworks – and curators together help us think of new archival itineraries and exhibition practices? How do the archives and texts marginalize/silence the voices of women? How is the history of slavery[U1] [U2] or neo colonial forms of slavery and enslavement being contested, re-remembered in culture and the curriculum? How is the issue of decolonization, Africanization and transformation being remembered and embedded in the curriculum?

The main themes of the Symposium are:

  • Decolonizing knowledge production/Africanizing Knowledge Production
  • Mobility, Migration, Diaspora
  • Archives, museums & heritage as Contested Spaces of Identity
  • Decolonization and Feminist Voice/s
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and COVID-19

Programme

Day 1: 25 February 2021

9.00-9.15am (GMT) Welcome
Professor Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London
Professor Nana Poku, Vice Chancellor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
9.20-10.20am (GMT) Keynote Conversation: Decolonising Knowledge Production
Professor Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand
Dr Amina Yaqin, SOAS University of London
10.30-11.45am (GMT) Panel 1: Decolonising Knowledge Production/Africanising Knowledge
Chair: Dr Wayne Dooling, SOAS University of London

Dr Awino Okech, SOAS University of London
Africanising Knowledge at SOAS: Reflections on the Africa Review

Dr Monica Otu, University of KwaZulu-Natal
‘What is Good for the World is Good for Africa’: Africanisation of Knowledge Production in the Context of Globalisation

Dr Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS University of London
The Structure-Agency Problem in the Context of Decolonising Knowledge

Professor Paulus Zulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal
“Decolonisation” and “Africanisation” of Knowledge: Political or Ideological
Concepts?
11.45am-12.00pm (GMT) Musical Interlude
Chats Devroop and Jamy-Lee Simons
1. What a wonderful world (instrumental)
2. Versace on the floor (instrumental)
3. Killing me softly (vocal)
4. Saving all my love for you (vocal)
12.15-1.45pm (GMT) Panel 2: Mobility, Migration, Diaspora
Chair: Professor Laura Hammond, SOAS University of London

Professor Kalpana Hirala, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Gendered Migrations in the Political Economy of Natal

Dr Biniam Misgun, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Playing with Sameness and Difference: Ethnography of Transnational Practices of Ethiopian Migrants in Durban

Mr Onyekachi Wambu, AFFORD
Remembrance, Restitution and the 10 ‘R’s: Processing the past and increasing cultural understanding of legacies of enslavement and colonialism in the African World
2.00-3.00pm (GMT) Keynote Conversation: Archives, Museums and Heritage as Contested Spaces of Identity
Professor Paul Basu, SOAS University of London
Ms Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA, Architect, Director of JustGhana Ltd
3.15-4.30pm (GMT) Panel 3: Archives, Museums and Heritage as Contested Spaces of Identity
Chair: Dr Wayne Dooling, SOAS University of London

Dr Kai Easton, SOAS University of London
Curating South-North-South Itineraries: Scenes from the South | an international
travelling exhibition on the archives of J. M. Coetzee


Dr Ettore Morelli, SOAS University of London
‘Surrounded with Blue Books, photostats of manuscripts and many-volumed histories of South Africa’: Collecting the pieces of the scattered archive of Ronald Stretton Webb, 1892-1976

Professor Goolam Vahed, University of KwaZulu-Natal
‘Where’s Our Monument?’ Commemorating Indian Indentured Labour in South Africa

Day 2: 26 February 2021

9.00-9.15am (GMT) Welcome
Professor Andrea Cornwall, SOAS University of London
Professor Vivian Ojong, University of KwaZulu-Natal
9.15-10.00am (GMT) Keynote Conversation
Chair: Professor Vivian Ojong, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town
10.15-11.30am (GMT) Panel 4: Decolonisation and Feminist Voice/s
Chair: Professor Maheshvari Naidu, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Dr Roselyn Kanyemba, University of KwaZulu-Natal/HEARD
Higher education spaces as radical sites for female resistance and refutation: A case of Great Zimbabwe University

Dr Lubna Nadvi, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Evaluating Replications of Orientalist forms of Knowledge as Patriarchy: A focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Professor Vivian Ojong, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Decolonizing the church: what should constitute the agenda for African Christian Feminist?

Dr Sharmla Rama, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Reflecting on the Gender Curriculum Content and Pedagogic Practice in Undergraduate Sociology Courses in the Context of Calls for Decolonization, Africanization and Transformation in South Africa

Dr Amina Yaqin, SOAS University of London
Contesting Islamophobia Through Islamic Feminism
11.30am-12.30pm (GMT) Keynote Conversation: Decolonisation and Feminist Voice/s
Professor Desiree Lewis, University of the Western Cape
Dr Awino Okech, SOAS University of London
12.30-12.45pm (GMT) Musical Interlude
Chats Devroop and Jamy-Lee Simons
1. What a wonderful world (instrumental)
2. Versace on the floor (instrumental)
3. Killing me softly (vocal)
4. Saving all my love for you (vocal)
12.45-2.00pm (GMT) Panel 5: Covid-19 - Issues of Human Rights and Social Justice
Chair: Professor Wayne Dooling, SOAS University of London

Professor Mashood Baderin, SOAS University of London
The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Right to the Best Attainable State of Health in Africa: Back to the Roots?

Professor Fareda Banda, SOAS University of London
Who Benefits from the Right to Scientific Progress?

Dr Christina Kgari-Masondo, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Covid-19 and the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution principles in Higher Education on the African child in South Africa: Umuntu Akalahlwa Pedagogy.

Dr Lukhona Mnguni, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Observing social distancing in the time of COVID-19 and foretelling prospects for social justice

Dr Janet Muthuki, University of KwaZulu-Natal
COVID-19 Issues of Marginalization/Social Justice

Dr Balungile Zondi, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Unpacking marginalization and social justice in the advent of Covid-19 in South Africa: Myth and Reality
2.15-3.15pm (GMT) Keynote Conversation
Professor Carolyn Hamilton, University of Cape Town
Professor Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape
3.30-4.00pm (GMT) Closing Remarks
Professor Andrea Cornwall, SOAS University of London
Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize, University of KwaZulu-Natal

The book of abstracts and speaker biographies can be found in the Symposium Brochure.

Registration

This event is open to the public, however registration is required. Online Registration

Organiser: SOAS Centre of African Studies and the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Contact email: cas@soas.ac.uk