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ZIAF Lecture 2018: Francis Nyamnjoh

Januar 30 @ 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Mobility, Citizenship and Decoloniality in Troubled Times

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19.00, Renate von-Metzler-Saal (Casino 1.801), Campus Westend This lecture on mobility, citizenship and decoloniality draws on my recent book #RhodesMustFall.Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa, that builds on student protests in the University of Cape Town for the statue of Cecil John Rhodes to be moved or removed from campus in 2015. It addresses questions such as: How do ideas and practices of mobility change in a world of closing borders and ever diminishing circles of inclusion? Can convivial forms of interaction counter these trends, or can they also be used to bond fictional insiders against perceived outsiders? How are race, citizenship and belonging constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed along the fluid, yet increasingly oppressive frontiers that link “nation-states” North and South in these troubled times of the 21st century and its reality of nimble-footed mobility of humans, things and ideas? How do we make our scholarship more convivial and decolonise the alienating tendencies that lead us to objectify the people we study with?
Francis B. Nyamnjoh is professor of social anthropology at the University of Cape Town. He is rated Professor and Researcher bythe South African National Research Foundation (NRF); a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011; a fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014; a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2016; and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011. His scholarly books include: Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (2005); Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (2006); “C’est l’homme qui fait l’homme”: Cul-de-Sac Ubuntu-ism in Côte d’Ivoire (2015);  #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa (2016); and Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd: How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds (2017) There will be a reception after the lecture. Entry is free


Januar 30
6:15 pm - 9:30 pm


Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Afrikaforschung (ZIAF)


Casino 1.801
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1, Casino 1.801
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
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