Decolonising African Knowledge Systems

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building


Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Dr Wangui wa Goro

Dr Wangui wa Goro

Dr Romina Istratii

Dr Romina Istratii


Dr Sara Salem

Dr Sara Salem

To kick-start the year's Africa Talks series, we are delighted to host Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Dr Wangui wa Goro to discuss decolonisation and African knowledge systems.

Across Africa, governments, universities and activist groups are making spirited efforts to decolonise the Eurocentric knowledge systems that continue to pervade the continent. However, ‘decolonisation and African knowledge systems’, as a catchphrase, can be seen as a tool in a wider toolbox aimed at challenging the incessant sway of colonialism on knowledge, understanding and present-day African society.

The speakers will meticulously trace the progress made in decolonising Africa’s knowledge systems as well as present ideas on how these systems can be rethought, re-framed and reconstructed to rid them of the hegemony of Euro-centrism.

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is President of the African Studies Association of Africa.

Wangui wa Goro is a Kenyan academic, social critic, researcher, translator and writer.

Romina Istratii is a critical researcher and practitioner based at SOAS.

Sara Salem is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, LSE.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) strengthens LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates on global issues.

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