Dialogue on women’s struggles in South Africa

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

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

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

DATE: Thursday 24 August 2017

TIME: 17:00 – 18:30

VENUE: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, 6th Floor, Kingsway Campus Library, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park.

INVITATION: For  a printable invitation, click here.

RSVP: Contact Thembeka Somtseu at tsomtseu@uj.ac.za / 011 559 7232 or

Tshepo Rathebe at tsheporathebe7@gmail.com / 011 559 7232.

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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 tsomtseu@uj.ac.za / +27 11 559 7232; Thabang Mkhumba at tmkhumba@uj.ac.za / +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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2. Mandela: The Living Legend

ON Tuesday 18 July, IPATC screened a two-part BBC documentary entitled “Mandela: The Living Legend”, followed by a discussion.


Revealing a truly extraordinary man, this is a story of Nelson Mandela as seen through his own eyes and through the recollections of both famous and ordinary people who have played a part in his life. This two-part documentary follows Mandela over six months as he goes about his day-to-day duties in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

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1. Showing of film “Lumumba” plus discussion

ON Friday 30 June 2017, the 57th anniversary of the DRC’s independence, IPATC staged a showing of the acclaimed film ‘Lumumba’, followed by a discussion. Patrice Lumumba was the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and a fierce Pan-African, who was martyred in 1961. This documentary by the Haitian-American director Raoul Peck depicts Lumumba’s life and times.

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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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