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Decolonisation and Social Media

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Panellist: ‘Decolonisation and Social Media’ Roundtable, Nordic Africa Days 2018, African Mobilities (September 21, 2018), Uppsala, Sweden.

ABSTRACT: Global academia, and African Studies in particular, is in the midst of a new wave of debates and interventions calling for the decolonisation of academic disciplines, school curricula and university structures. The South African “Rhodes Must Fall” movement was not only one of the trailblazers in this most recent mobilisation against the persistent inequalities and prejudice in African and Africanist higher education, it also demonstrated the power and potential of social media as a platform for social and political mobilisation. This Roundtable considers the escalating calls for the decolonisation of African(ist) academia with particular attention to the roles and potential of social media.

Chair: Patience Mususa

Panellists: Francis Nyamnjoh, Henning Melber, Robtel Neajai Pailey