Possibilities and Limits of a Decolonized Anthropology from the Perspective of African Philosophy

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University & WoC Guest Professor) & Tyler Zoanni (U Bremen)

05/23/2024 6:15 pm 7:45 pm

U Bremen GRA2 0030 & online

In this dialogue with renowned philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, we will take up central themes in his work and connect them to ongoing conversations about anthropology and decolonization. Topics include: language and life, the postcolonial and the decolonial, Africa in/and the world, philosophy and anthropology. The session will begin with an interview and conversation with Diagne and then open the dialogue to the audience.

Part of the lecture series “Decolonizing Anthropology”.

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Suggested reading:

Diagne, Souleymane Bachir. 2018. Decolonizing the history of philosophy (Anton Wilhelm Amo Lectures Vol. 4). Halle (Saale): Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

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