About Us

Africanity Scholars Network

AfriScoN is a collection of scholars, researchers and others who are interested in establishing authentic knowledge of Africa. Particularly, members of the present world system whose intellectual up-bringing happened within the disturbing, ‘globalised’ epistemic asymmetry. This asymmetry is not limited within disciplinary formations and paradigmatic discourses; it organises and structures personal, social and cultural aspirations, political practice, ideals of the supernatural, the religious experience, personhood and the ideal human body, and general life patterns. Transnational exposure and training continually increased our conviction that something had to be done, willing us to draw up a plan that materialised as AfriScoN.

Scholarly discussions around the experiences of most post-colonial societies, especially in the global south, are encountered through theoretically and methodologically radical works such as found within the purview of postcolonial studies. We get a sense of the particularities and the universals in how post-contact realities are experienced and challenged. We get a sense of how these legacies structure discourses and determine the methods of knowledge pursuit and discovery. We acknowledge the persistent domination of received over the indigenous knowledges in Africa. How do religion, technology, culture, society, disciplinary formations, academic discourses, etc. structure and simultaneously play as the sites of these epistemic tensions and asymmetries? AfriScoN became necessary as an effort to make sense of the tensions between autochthonous and heterochthonous knowledge systems in a way that incorporates the hitherto scattered voices of concern and discontent.

We set out to do this through

  1. documenting indigenous knowledge systems in Africa
  2. interrogating the processes of knowledge production with special interests in methodologies (exploring issues around ownership of knowledge)
  3. engaging with communities of knowledge pursuit and production in and about Africa

We set out to engage scholarly communities and local societies through

  1. Research
  2. Conferences/seminars/workshops/exhibitions and
  3. Dissemination of results through the television, over the radio, in the newspaper, in journal publication, etc.