D I V E R S I T Y L E C T U R E
Prof Dr Akosua Adomako Ampofo
Professor of African and Gender Studies and Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
"Black=African Lives Matter and Decolonizing the Academy"
Thu, 19 January 2017, 7 pm
“I am well if you are well”, Shona saying.
Research and teaching on Africa, and Africa’s place in the world, cannot divorce itself from the Black Lives agenda. The status of people of African descent in the Diaspora, and the status of Africans on the continent both have historical ties to racism, slavery, and colonialism, as well as contemporary links to economic liberalism. We are at a place today where people of African descent globally are facing new forms of silencing, erasure and annihilation, including in the knowledge industry that comprises higher education sites. This paper discusses the ways in which this occurs and reflects on how we might think of and do ‘knowledge production’ that 1) actively works to destabilize unjust and oppressive orthodoxies; and 2) actively centres the progress and well-being of African peoples in our own knowledge base and thus becomes emancipatory for all not just some.
This public lecture is part of the BIGSAS Gender and Diversity Programme.