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Decolonising African Studies: Revisiting Archie Mafeje on Theory and Method

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We welcome everyone to join us for this important intervention into debates over decolonising African Studies in the UK, in South Africa, and globally. This public lecture will engage the intellectual history and legacy of Archie Mafeje, a key figure in the struggles to transform knowledge production on Africa, who earned his PhD in anthropology at Cambridge in 1966. In 1968, Archie Mafeje was appointed Senior Lecturer at UCT , only to have the appointment reversed under pressure from the apartheid state, sparking student protests. He then taught at University of Dar es Salaam, ISS in The Hague, American University in Cairo, University of Namibia, and University of South Africa. In 2015, the Archie Mafeje room at UCT was occupied by students during the Rhodes Must Fall protests; in the words of the student occupiers, “We have chosen the Archie Mafeje boardroom to recognise his struggle against the very institutional racism we are fighting against.”

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Atrium of the Law Faculty.

This talk is part of the The Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies series.

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