About the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation

THE Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) is an initiative of the University of Johannesburg. Its purpose is to create a platform for academics from across Africa to converge and bring to bear intellectual capabilities and contributions that have been marginalised on the global stage.

The Institute explores African ethics and world views, and seeks to advance African values in politics and debate justifiable African beliefs; present sub-Saharan artistic values; and investigate how Africa should relate to the East in the next major stage of the continent’s independence in a globalised evironment.

The Institute is housed in a dedicated building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Its Director is the noted scholar Prof Adekeye Adebajo.


Public Dialogue on Africa Day: On Thursday 25 May 2017, IPATC, in partnership with the UJ Library, will host a Public Dialogue entitled ‘Reporting a continent: who owns the African story?’ All welcome. Read more

Conference on The Pan-African Pantheon: From 16 to 18 June 2017, IPATC will host a three-day conference on ‘The Pan-African Pantheon’. Papers will be presented by 35 prominent African and Diaspora scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. The conference is 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. The conference is open to members of the public. Read more


A BOOK commemorating the life and work of Ali Mazrui was launched at the University of Johannesburg on Thursday 20 March 2017. The launch was held by IPATC and African Perspectives Publishing, in partnership with the UJ Library. Read more

On 7 February 2017, IPATC hosted a public discussion on the Africa legacy of former US president Barack Obama. For more on this event, click here.


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