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Africa and the Human: Old Questions, New Imaginaries.

The theme of the 2022 4th Biennial Conference of the ASAA is "Africa and the Human Being: Old Questions, New Imaginaries..."

Date: April 11, 2022

Venue: South Africa

The theme of the 2022 4th Bienal Conference of ASAA is "Africa and the Human Being: Old Questions, New Imaginaries"

What does it mean to be human in Africa today, African in the current world, and what can Africa contribute to the reflection on humanity? The notion of the human is increasingly threatened by destabilizing transformations as the world gradually moves towards what some define as the abyss of modernity and the upheavals of postmodernity. Will prevailing ideas about the human and/or the African survive? Should we save the idea of the human and the African, especially as we enter the Anthropocene/post-human era? Who or what will ultimately be considered human and/or African? As the old certainties of the Enlightenment are questioned and rejected, and the promises of neoliberal democracy are shattered—deemed fraudulent and absurd—what alternatives remain to imagine the African human?


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