Pre-colonial Catalytic Conference

The Pre-colonial catalytic conference initiated by the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of Cape Town was held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth from the 15-17th of March. Read more about the conference here.

Read the conference outcomes

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Arch.Ernst Struwig, Nelson Mandela University, spoke about 'Coming Home'

Matilde Muocha, Institute of Arts and Culture of Mozambique, spoke about the development of educational materials for schools


Professor Nomalanga Mkhize, Nelson Mandela University, addressed the issue of the 'Missing Idiom of African Historiography'



Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, UNISA, argued for teaching Egypt as part of a decolonised and Afrocentric education



Dr Nomathamsanqa Tisani introduced the decolonial concept of 'uKuhlambulula' ('cleansing') that is required in historiography



Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, University of Johannesburg



Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Archive and Public Culture, UCT, engaged the delegates on 'Enfolded Time and the Challenges of the Archive'



Dr Denver Webb, Nelson Mandela University, highlighted problems of using heritage sites to tell stories of the Eastern Cape  


Papers from the Pre-Colonial Catalytic Project vol. 1 Edited by Lungisile Ntsebeza & Chris Saunders