National Round-table Discussion on Hate Speech, 28 May 2018
AfriScoN is a collection of scholars, researchers and others who are interested in establishing valid knowledge of Africa. Members are part of the present world system whose intellectual up-bringing happened within the globalised epistemic asymmetry. This asymmetry is not limited within disciplinary formations and paradigmatic discourses; it also organises and structures the gamut of social life of the African. Prevailing trends on the inscriptions of the contemporary African in global discourses compelled us to come up with AfriScoN.
So far, scholarly discussions around the experiences of most post-contact 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:
a. documenting indigenous knowledge systems in Africa;
b. interrogating the processes of knowledge production with special interests in
methodologies (exploring issues around ownership of knowledge);
c. engaging with communities of knowledge pursuit and production in and
To achieve these, we engage scholarly communities and local societies through:
c. Dissemination of results through the television, over the radio, in the
newspaper, in journal publication,
d. Workshops with indigenous producers of knowledge, etc.