Africa Talks: Decolonising Knowledge Systems

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Wolfson Theatre, United Kingdom


Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

President of the African Studies Association of Africa.

Dr Wangui wa Goro

Dr Wangui wa Goro

Kenyan academic, social critic, researcher, translator and writer.

Dr Romina Istratii

Dr Romina Istratii

Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at SOAS


Dr Sara Salem

Dr Sara Salem

Assistant Professor at LSE Department of Sociology

A crucial conversation with leading thinkers on current attempts to decolonise Eurocentric knowledge systems in Africa, and their role in challenging the enduring effects of colonialism in African and global society.

To kick-start 2020’s acclaimed Africa Talks series, we are delighted to host Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dr Wangui wa Goro and Dr Romina Istratii to discuss decolonisation and African knowledge systems. Across Africa, governments, universities and activist groups are making spirited efforts to decolonise the Eurocentric systems of knowledge that continue to pervade the continent. But what does this mean and how can it be achieved? More than transforming how knowledge is taught and produced in the academy, the ‘decolonisation of African knowledge systems’ can be seen as a tool in a wider toolbox aimed at challenging the incessant sway of colonialism on understanding present-day African society.

 The speakers will examine some of the progress made in decolonising Africa’s knowledge systems, discussing present ideas on how these systems can be rethought, re-framed and reconstructed, and the complicated role played by global North-South knowledge exchange programmes in attempts to further the continent’s epistemological agency.

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A podcast of this event is available to download from Decolonising African Knowledge Systems.


A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available for download: 

Decolonising African Knowledge Systems