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Premiere of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

On Wednesday 4 October, IPATC, in collaboration with the UJ Department of Journalism, Film, and Television; the UJ Library; and African Screen Network (ASN) will host the Johannesburg premiere of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’, a documentary  about the African-American writer James Baldwin by the Haitian-American Director Raoul Peck.

DATE: Wednesday 4 October 2017
TIME: 16h00 – 18h30
VENUE: Chinua Achebe Room, Sixth floor,  UJ Library, UJ Auckland Park Campus

Raoul Peck has used James Baldwin’s published and unpublished work including books, essays, letters, and interviews – with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson – to shed light on race issues in civil rights America, including personal notes that have never before been published. Peck juxtaposes Baldwin’s private words with his public utterances in a profoundly touching voyage through the history of race in America that has strong resonance to contemporary race issues in the US, South Africa, and beyond.

A 45-minute panel discussion will take place after the screening with Ms Shelley Barry as chair and main speaker, and Ms Phyllis Dannhauser as discussant. Both are film-makers and academics at the UJ Department of Journalism, Film, and Television.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ms Thembeka Somtseu at / +27115597232, or Mr Thabang Mkhuma at / +27115597232.

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Event postponed

Dear Honourable Guest,

 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, in collaboration with the UJ Confucius Institute (UJCI), regret to announce the cancellation of the dialogue with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Former Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Topic: “My Tenure at the African Union, 2012-2017”

Her office has just informed us that Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be busy with her swearing in as a parliamentarian and other commitments at this time.

We will try to reschedule the dialogue and keep you informed. Apologies for any inconveniences caused by these unavoidable circumstances.

Thank you,

Professor Adekeye Adebajo (Director: IPATC) and Dr David Monyae (Co-Director: UJCI)

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Public Lecture by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Please note that this event has been postponed. Read more

ON Wednesday 27 September 2017, the UJ Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), in collaboration with the UJ Confucius Institute (UJCI), will host a public lecture by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Former Chairperson of the African Union Commission, entitled “My Tenure at the African Union, 2012-2017”.

DATE: Wednesday, 27 September 2017.
TIME: 17h30-19h30.
VENUE: A LES GO2, UJ Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Thembeka Somtseu at <a href=””></a> / Thabang Mkhuma at <a href=””></a> / tel 011 559 7232.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma will assess the major achievements and challenges during her four-year tenure as Chairperson of the African Union Commission (2012-2017), including efforts at introducing administrative reforms, ensuring financial self-sustainability, engaging partners such as China and the European Union, peacemaking, promoting gender and socio-economic development, and implementing Agenda 2063.

The event will be chaired by Professor Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC. Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJCI, will propose a vote of thanks.

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Dialogue on women’s struggles in South Africa


On Thursday 24 August 2017,  IPATC, in collaboration with the UJ Library, held a Public Dialogue on “Women’s Continued Struggles in South Africa”.

The speakers were Ms Colleen Lowe-Morna, Executive Director of Gender Links, Johannesburg; and Ms Shamillah Wilson, an Independent Consultant.

The Dialogue was chaired by Professor Shahana Rasool, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at UJ.


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Launch of book by 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.

DATE: Monday 7 August 2017
TIME: 17h00-18h30
VENUE: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, 6th Floor, Kingsway Campus Library, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, Johannesburg.
SPEAKERS: Prof Arthur Mutambara; Professor David Moore, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at UJ.
INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Thembeka Somtseu at / +27 11 559 7232; Thabang Mkhumba at / +27 11 559 7232


About the book

This is the first of three volumes in a series that traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The Trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42. It is a collection of grounded reflections that he expressed over time, as he endeavoured to move, lead and inspire people, while turning strategic thinking into reality through the speed of execution.

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Conference on “The Pan-African Pantheon”

From 16 to 18 June 2017, the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation hosted a three-day conference on “The Pan-African Pantheon”. Thirty-five prominent African and Diaspora scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe presented papers on a range of carefully selected topics including broad themes such as the pioneers of Pan-Africanism; politicians and activists; political scientists, sociologists, historians, and economists; philosophers; literati; and musical activists.

The conference was a concrete initiative 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.

By adopting an interdisciplinary approach, and focusing on history, politics, sociology, economics, philosophy, literature and music, the project also sought to make a comprehensive and holistic effort to contribute to the transformation of South Africa’s curriculum. An edited book will be produced after the conference, and will be widely disseminated across Africa and its Diaspora.

The conference fulfilled an important aspect of the mission of UJ’s Pan-African Institute: to build bridges with institutions in all five African subregions as well as key Diaspora intellectual communities in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. These collaborations reflect the cultural diversity of Pan-Africanism, encompassing the anglophone, francophone, lusophone, and arabophone worlds. This project represented an ambitious effort to create a ‘Johannesburg School of Pan-Africanism’ that can revive Pan-Africanism as a civil society movement linking actors from Africa and its Diaspora.

The conference was open to students, faculty, and other university staff at UJ; members of the broader academic, civil society, and business communities in Gauteng and beyond; members of the general public; government officials; and diplomats. Gauteng-based Pan-African media were invited to cover the event. The conference was also filmed so that all or part of it, as well as the edited volume, could later be used as teaching aid at universities and schools in South Africa, Africa, and the Diaspora.

For a Concept Note on the conference, click here.

For the Agenda, click here.

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Launch of book about Ali Mazrui

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 hosted by IPATC and African Perspectives Publishing, in partnership with the UJ Library.

Entitled A Giant Tree Has Fallen: Tributes to Ali Mazrui, the book comprises more than 130 tributes by people ranging from presidents to the press. It also features a preface by the co-editors – Seifudein Adem, Jideofor Adibe, Abdul Karim Bangura, and Abdul Samed Bemath – and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Details are as follows:

The launch was chaired by Rose Francis, of African Perspectives Publishing. It started with the screening screening of the documentary The Africans: In Search of Stability, followed by a dialogue session. The speakers were:

  • Abdul Bemath, Ali Mazrui’s Bibliographer, Johannesburg
  • Prof Mathatha Tsedu, School of Literature, Language, and Media, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Gilbert Khadiagala, Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director, Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, University of Johannesburg
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Obama’s Africa legacy


ON 7 February 2017, IPATC hosted a Public Dialogue on ‘Obama’s Africa Legacy: a Triumph of Symbolism?’

The event provoked considerable interest, and diplomats, academics, students, and others crowded into the Chinua Achebe Auditorium in the UJ Library to listen to introductory presentations by Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC, and John Stremlau, Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The event started with the screening of a documentary entitled ‘Senator Obama goes to Africa’, followed by the presentations, and a lively discussion. The audience included former first lady Zanele Mbeki and officials from the embassies of the US, Sweden and Nigeria.

The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. For media coverage, click here.

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