AFRICAN VOICES, in search of a decolonial turn

: Zondi (S.) ed.

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344pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2021


"This authoritative compendium is about African scholars of note, who have succinctly articulated the African viewpoint whether in contrast to or critique of Eurocentrism, or affirming the self and the African identity suffering the weight of the colonial grip. What is left is to take all these insights and, without duress, raise the bar to the next level, from theorisations to transformative interventions in the institutions that sustain the codes and maintain the constitutive rules of colonialism. Here, we should go beyond prescriptive rebuke of Eurocentrism to a focused, purposeful and determined dialogue among knowledge systems, in order to set new normative protocols that govern dignity and ideal standards of conduct." Catherine A Odora Hoppers, Professor Extraordinarius, Unisa, and Founder/ Director: Global Institute of Applied Governance of Science and Innovations

Contributions include:

"An Argument for Revisiting African Voices in Search of a Decolonial Turn" by Siphamandla Zondi

"Mahmood Mandani's Contribution to Rethinking Thinking on Africa" by Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni

"A Dialogue of Civilizations, a decolonial reading of Chinua Achebe" by William Mpofu

"Africanity as Self-Assertion, Self-Affirmation and Self-Determination, the legacy of Archie Mafeje" by Teboho Lebakeng

"Ad Fontes, the divergent African political aesthetics of  Steve Biko, Léopold Sédar Senghor and Taha Hussein" by Ramy Magdy Ahmed

"Wangari Maathai's Afrocentric Decolonial Environmental Struggle" by Faith Mabera

"The Manchurian Structure and Franz Fanon in Post-1994 South Africa" by Tendayi Sithole.

Siphamandla Zondi lectures in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network.