The official opening of ECAS 4 took place at the Grand Auditorium at Uppsala University. It included welcome addresses by Carin Norberg (NAI director); Fantu Cheru (NAI research director); Kerstin Sahlin (deputy vice-chancellor Uppsala University); Lena Ingelstam (director of global cooperation Sida); and Paul Nugent (AEGIS President).
Professor Issa Shivji, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, delivered the first keynote lecture entitled “The Struggle to Convert Nationalism to Pan-Africanism: Taking Stock of 50 years of African Independence”. Issa Shivji argues that the narrative of Pan-Africanism as to be located within the narrative of worldwide capitalist accumulation during the last five centuries of Africa’s encounter with Europe.
Read an article about Professor Issa Shiviji at this website.
Professor Peter P. Ekeh, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA delivered the 2011 Lugard Lecture on Wednesday 15 June. The lecture was entitled “Basil Davidson and the Culture of the African State” and offers an historical perspective of the difficulties that have plagued the history and culture of the African state.
Kojo Amanor, Deputy Director, the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana received the first AEGIS Gerti Hesseling Award at Ekonomikum on Wednesday 15 June. Professor Patrick Chabal (King’s College London), Professor Alessandro Triulzi (Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples), Dr Lynne Brydon (Head of School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham) and Paul Nugent (AEGIS President) all spoke at the ceremony.
Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi, Stony Brook University, USA delivered the second keynote speech entitled “The Coloniality of Power and the Production of Knowledge on Africa”. Drawing upon her research, she takes up the entwined racial and gender legacies of knowledge imperialism, highlighting the ways in which they are sustained and reproduced by African intellectuals. How do we transform this mind-altering problem, she asks.
Read an article about Professor Oyeronki Oyewumi at this website.