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RETHINKING AFRICA: THE CASE FOR KHOEKHOEGOWAB IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA

Dr June Bam-Hutchison, lecturer, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town and Bradley van Sitters

The recent praise singer at the 2019 State of the Nation Address, Bradley van Sitters, sparked national and international debate on ‘African-ness’, indigeneity, language rights, xenophobia, racism and authenticity. Khoekhoegowab has been rolled out as a certificated foundation course at UCT in the United Nations Year of the World’s Indigenous Languages in 2019 and may be considered as a fourth language at the University of Cape Town. Can the acquisition of Khoekhoegowab help us to ‘rethink’ Africa?

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. Rethinking Africa: The case of Khoekhoegowab and historical justice Dr June Bam

2. Khoekhoegowab and the ritual archive Bradley van Sitters

 

Recommended reading

Afolayan, A. and Falola, T. eds., 2017. The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan US.

Alexander, N., 2003. The African Renaissance and the use of African languages in tertiary education. Cape Town: PRAESA.

Fishman, J., 1996. What Do You Lose When You Lose Your Language?.

Prah, K.K., 2006. Challenges to the promotion of indigenous languages in South Africa. Cape Town: The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society.

Wa Thiong'o, N., 1992. Decolonising the mind: The politics of language in African literature. East African Publishers. 13(1).

African Publishers. 13(1).

 

Date:  Wednesday 22–Thursday 23 January
Time: 3.00pm
COURSE FEES: Full R236 Staff & Students R118
Venue: Classroom 2A Kramer Law Building UCT