Third Precolonial Conference

9 Nov 2019 - 17:45

We invite papers for this third conference of the Precolonial historiography catalytic project of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) which will result in the fourth volume of the ‘Rethinking Africa’ series. This conference is jointly hosted by the Centre for African Studies & the /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum. 

First Call for Papers: ‘Rethinking Africa’ – 5-7 December 2019, Centre for African Studies Gallery, UCT.

"What is an African Philosophy? Contemporary challenges and imperatives for political and economic policies in southern Africa."

The identified conference themes therefore flow from this scholarship trajectory as we go into the future:

Human Remains, repatriation philosophies and land
Indigeneity, migrations and non-racialism (the land question)
Indigenous languages, philosophies and endogenous knowledge
Land, belonging and philosophies
Organic intellectuals, philosophies and knowledge partnerships (case studies in southern Africa and the global south)
Research Ethics and Philosophies (emerging frameworks for epistemological justice)
The ritual archive, philosophies and entanglement
The Traditional ‘Khoisan’ Bill and Communities: emerging new national questions

Submission of Abstracts:

Please submit an Abstract on one of the following themes of up to 600 words by 11 September to Dr June Bam-Hutchison at We encourage contributions within the above themes from independent scholars, public intellectuals, postgraduate students, academics and civic activists.  Late abstracts may be accepted (please write to Dr Bam-Hutchison).

See the full Call for Papers here.