Africa and the Human: Old questions, new imaginaries: ASAA Biennial Conference 2022

13 April 2023, 8.00 AM - 16 April 2022, 5.00 PM

UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB), 9 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) and HUMA – Institute for Humanities in Africa present ASAA’s 4th Biennial Conference 2022: African and the Human: Old questions, new imaginaries. 

What does it mean to be human today in Africa, African in the world today, and what can Africa contribute to thinking the human? The idea of the human is increasingly threatened by destabilising transformations as the world gradually moves to what is defined by some as the abyss of modernity and the aftershocks of the postmodern. Will prevalent ideas of being human and/or being African survive? Should the idea of the human and African be saved, and as we move into the Anthropocene/posthuman, what or who will or should count as human and/or African in the end? As the old certainties of the enlightenment are questioned and rejected and the promises of neoliberal democracy shattered – labelled as both fraudulent and farcical – what alternatives remain to imagine the human from Africa?

See a list of important dates here and the Call for Abstracts here.  

Contact information

as-aa2022.org@uct.ac.za