About the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation

The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation was established at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2016 as one of six flagship centres of excellence to conduct research. It provides a forum for scholars, practitioners, and civil society actors across Africa and its Diaspora to dialogue and contribute to the rigorous production and dissemination of Pan-African knowledge and culture. The Institute seeks to promote original and innovative Pan-African ideas and critical dialogue in pursuit of global excellence in research and teaching, and to contribute actively to building an international profile for UJ on Pan-African issues.


Launch of book by Prof Arthur Mutambara: On Monday 7 August 2017, the UJ Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, in collaboration with the UJ Library, will host the launch of a book entitled In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership, by Professor Arthur Mutambara (Sapes Books 2017). Prof Mutambara is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and current president of the African News Agency (ANA) in Johannesburg. All Welcome. Read more

Conference on The Pan-African Pantheon: From 16 to 18 June 2017, IPATC hosted a three-day conference on “The Pan-African Pantheon”. Papers were presented by prominent African and Diaspora scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. The conference was aimed at contributing to the efforts made by UJ and other South African universities to decolonise the academic curriculum, and to ensure that the epistemologies underpinning their syllabi reflect their African contexts. Read more


The G20: Sound and Fury in Hamburg. Adekeye Adebajo. Business Day, 10 July 2017.

The dilemmas of building Africa’s ebony towers. Odilile Ayodele. Sunday Independent, 9 July 2017.

ANC woolly and chaotic on foreign policy
Adekeye Adebajo assesses an International Relations discussion document due to be tabled at the ANC policy conference on 1-7 July. Business Day, 26 June 2017.

African scourge of presidential paralysis. Adekeye Adebajo, Business Day, 29 May 2017.

Nollywood as a Pan-African cultural phenomenon. Adekeye Adebajo. The Star, Africa Day, 25 May 2017.

Thabo Mbeki’s xenophobia denialism. Adekeye Adebajo. Sunday Independent (South Africa), 30 April 2017.

Decolonising South Africa’s Ivory Towers. Adekeye Adebajo. Business Day, 3 April 2017.

Jammeh’s ousting seen as ray of hope for Africa. Westen K Shilaho. The Star, 3 February 2017