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31 Mar 2022

”Africa should create the world in its own image,” VC argues at conference

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Young academics from across Africa converged at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts and Design from 22 – 24 March to Rethink, Remake and Rebuild Arts, Culture and Heritage on the continent during the 2022 Africa Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference. Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, TUT’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, gave delegates some food for thought when he challenged the conference theme in his keynote address, by proposing: Let Africa Rethink, Remake and Rebuild (its place in) the World.

In his talk, Prof Maluleke suggested that the conference should grapple with “how Africa may leverage her arts, cultures and heritages to rethink, remake and rebuild the world and its place in it”. Such an approach, he argued, would enable the delegates to view Africa “as an agent who is the subject of its own actions”, while also recognizing Africa’s “resilience and its indomitability – despite the ravages of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.”

The conference was hosted by the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).

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