Located Theory

24 Dec 2018 - 14:45
Caption: Theory from Africa Workshop Poster (Courtesy of Centre for Indian Studies in Africa)


In the week of 20-24 August, 2018, NRF Research Chair, Carolyn Hamilton, participated in the second Theory from Africa Workshop organised by Professor Dilip Menon, of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, Wits University. The workshop tackled the question of what it means to theorise with concepts from the global south about the historical experience of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbeans. "How can we begin to take intellectual traditions from our spaces seriously and not continue with the dichotomy of African/Asian fact and European theory?"  The workshop hosted three scholars charged with leading discussion on three days of intensive topic-based reading:  Prof Magid Shihade (Birzeit University) led a topic on "Ibn Khaldun and reading theories from Africa", and offered a public lecture on  "Education and Decolonization: On not Reading Ibn Khaldun in Palestine"; Professor Nivedita Menon (Jawaharlal Nehru University) led a topic on "Feminisms and the Global South" and offered a public lecture on "Can Intersectionality be a universal paradigm?. Some questions from India"; while Hamilton led a topic on "Concepts across Time: the southern African enquiry and discussion" and offered a public lecture on "The Persistent 'Pre-colonial' and the Displacements of Discourse".  The three topic-based days were followed by two days of the presentation and discussion of student work.