Radio Future Africa Playlist Schedule | 17.12.2018

09:30: “Decolonizing the History of Philosophy” | Souleymane Bachir Diagne
On October 26, 2017 Souleymane Bachir Diagne gave the Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Lecture on “Decolonizing the History of Philosophy” at the University of Halle, Germany.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is currently Professor of Francophone Studies, and Chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy, at Columbia University in New York. His field of research and teaching interests includes the history of logic and mathematics, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy and Sufism, African philosophy and literature.

The Anthon-Wilhelm-Amo-Lecture is organised by the Research Cluster “Society and Culture in Motion”, the DFG Priority Program 1448 “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa” and the LOST Research Network.

10:30: The Anatomy of Religion- Religion After Darwin

Lecture three of the 2017 Yale University Dwight H. Terry Lectures delivered by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at New York University. April 25, 2017

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. Professor Appiah’s major current work has to do with the connection between theory and practice in moral life. He is also working on a larger project exploring some of the many ways in which we now think about religion.

11:45: Musical Interlude: Poetical Stanzas and Notes from Douala, Cameroon
With Nelle Eyoum & Composer Francis Bebey.

12:00: The African Condition with Professor Ali Mazrui
Dr. Ali Mazrui explains how African geography has been the mother of its history. The open eastern seabord allowed the entrance of foreign influence from the east. In fact, Islamic culture, which came from the west, made an impact on Africa 1000 years before Western culture could.

After Dr. Ali Mazrui names the three main cultural sources in Africa, traditional Africa, Islam, and the West, he states that Africa is the cradle of mankind, where the earliest human remains can be found. Thus, Africa can be called the birthplace of human culture. However, Africa never advertised itself. Traditionally, Africans tended to stay close to nature, holding dear what was near to them. Though Africans were interested in the oceans for sustenance, they were not interested in what lay beyond the horizons. Interestingly, in Senegal, the African man is the hunter, while the African woman is the mother, cultivator, and market woman, as central to the economy as men.

In the seventh century, there came the new cry of Islam: “God is Great.” The Islamic Arabs first came through North Africa, spreading their Arabic language along with the Islamic religion. The Islamic religion took hold in North Africa because it validated the importance placed on water as heaven became equated with water. The Islamic religion enforced a discipline on the Africans and gave them a new sense of direction, as they faced East to pray.

The Suez Canal determined where Africa ended. The Suez Canal was the manifestation of European power and planning. This European force was also manifested in colonization, as Europeans came to Africa to escape from the ugly face of industrialization. Africans themselves have acquired Western tastes as in the city of Dakar in Senegal, French bread and Western apparel is available.

While the colonial period was rather brief, traditional African beliefs have been disrupted. Traditional Africans believed that animals have souls and that the forces of creation and humans were partners with nature. Christianity and Islam have caused Africans to be separated from the created, and to think of nature as a servant of man. Thus, in the twentieth century, an ecological imbalance exists where the profit margin is more important than a respect for nature.

13:00: Conversations with E.T. Mensah
Emmanuel Tettey Mensah, best known as E. T. Mensah (May 31, 1919 – July 19, 1996)

In October 1981, late Ghanaian Highlife pioneer E.T. Mensah was invited to New York for much needed holiday. Arriving NY 10/20/1981, E.T. Mensah stopped by Voice of America Washington DC office, and gave this interview to two African journalists (names unknown) from the VOA English-to-Africa service. For your listening enjoyment and at the end of the interview.

13:30: The Philosopher as Translator
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of French and philosophy at Columbia University, spoke at Cornell on July 6, 2015, as part of the School of Criticism and Theory public lecture series. ⤵︎

“Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. His book Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal, Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011 and on that same year he received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.”

15:30: Achille Mbembe – Future Knowledges & the Dilemmas of Decolonization.

In this talk, philosopher Achille Mbembe considers the possibilities of a new planetary configuration of the human and the humanities, in light of what he calls the injunction to decolonize knowledge.
Achille Mbembe (b. 1957) is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1989 and subsequently obtained the D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’études politiques, Paris. Mbembe is currently Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also held appointments at Columbia, Berkeley, Yale, Harvard, and for many years here at Duke University, in the Romance Studies Department and Franklin Humanities Institute.

Achille Mbembe’s research interests lie in the social sciences and African history and politics. He is especially interested in the emergence of “Afro-cosmopolitan culture,” together with the artistic practices that are associated with it. He has also critically explored the notion of Johannesburg as a metropolitan city and the work of Frantz Fanon.

Mbembe’s most important works are: Les jeunes et l’ordre politique en Afrique noire (1985); La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (1920-1960); Histoire des usages de la raison en colonie (1996); De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine (2000); Sortir de la grande nuit : Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée (2003); “Necropolitics” (2003); and Critique de la raison nègre (2013). His seminal work De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine (On the Postcolony) was translated into English in 2001 and published by the University of California Press. In 2015, it was republished in an African edition by Wits University Press, with a new preface by the author. Critique of Black Reason, translated by Laurent Dubois, was published by Duke University Press in 2017.

16:30: Francis Fukuyama – Identity

Francis Fukuyama discusses his book, “Identity”, at Politics and Prose on 9/19/18.

Fukuyama’s 2014 Political Order and Political Decay argued that America was splintering into a nation of contentious interest groups. In his new book he argues that this divisiveness, which has now taken a turn into populist nationalism, comes not from economic inequality, as is often assumed, but from identity politics. He shows how demands for recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, and gender have shattered the unity the nation was built on. While acknowledging that identity must be recognized, Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, warns that we need to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department’s policy planning staff. He is the author of The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California.

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17:30: Akinwumi Adesina – Africa is the Place to be
President of the African Development Bank discusses the Africa Investment Forum and why Africa is the place to be for investors.
18:30: Musical Interlude: Masters of the Rhythms | Nigeria
19:00: An Exclusive Interview with Spike Lee
20:00: Dialogues and Talks with Manu Dibango
21:00: Conversations with Chinua Achebe and Kwame Anthony Appiah

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