Research Talks 2019-2020
Department of English Language and Literature
RESEARCH TALKS SERIES
Dr. Firoze Manji, Institute of African Studies
Emancipation and the Politics of Identity
I consider the politics of identity in relation to the concept of “African”. I trace the origin of the term used by Europe as a shorthand for the non-human or lesser-being to its emergence as an identity intimately linked to a struggle for human emancipation. I will discuss the consequences of delinking that identity from emancipatory struggles during the post-independence and neoliberal era which have resulted in the descent into ethnicism.
Reception to Follow
Co-sponsored by the Institute of African Studies