Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture 2021


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Professor Pearl Sithole, Vice-Principal of the University of the Free State, delivers this year’s lecture under the theme, Lessons from Mafeje’s theories and positionality of Africans on Science and Innovation.

Objectives of the lecture are:

•To explore Africanity as a means to respond to Africa’s diverse challenges through decolonising and promoting science and innovation.

•To reflect on Africa’s response to pandemics and interpretations thereof;

•To provide recommendations on how African institutions can participate in the science revolution through pedagogy and practice.

The event also features an address by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Buti Manamela.


Dr Awino Okech

Reader in Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Panel Session Chairperson

Prof Puleng Lenka-Bula

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of South Africa

Archie Mafeje and the significance of his work in the education landscape

Dr Mpho Tshivhase

Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria and Stanford University Fellow

The quest to explore interdisciplinary inquiry through Mafeje’s ideologies

Prof Adebayo Olukoshi

Director, International Institution for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, West Africa and West Asia

Archie Mafeje and the agenda to decolonise knowledge in Africa

Prof Edith Phaswana

Associate Professor & Head of Academic Programmes at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public & International Affairs

Reflection on Archie Mafeje’s quest to decolonise knowledge and its relevance for public and international affairs in Africa.

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