College of Human Sciences leads decoloniality conversations
Unisa’s College of Human Sciences (CHS) hosted a groundbreaking conference that sought to find answers on what de-colonisation and re-Afrikanisation truly mean for South Africa and Africa? Themed De-colonisation and Re-Afrikanisation: A Conversation, leading thinkers such as Argentine semiotician and professor at Duke University, Walter D Mignolo; sangoma, Gogo Dineo Ndlazi; local poet, Ntsiki Mazwai; decoloniality activist Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala; and lecturer, writer and activist-mentor, Baba Buntu presented at the Conference which took place from 6 to 8 August 2018.
The international conference, which brought together participants from around the world, sought to bring to the fore the relationship between de-colonisation and re-Afrikanisation. Defining decolonisation, conference organiser and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Dr Nokuthula Hlabangane, said decolonisation makes a deliberate and concerted effort to move away from colonial ways of knowledge imposed by colonisers that have meant that we have to turn away from Afrikan ways of knowing.