Africa as an Altar of Sacrifice: The Struggle for Epistemic Justice
- Africa as an Altar of Sacrifice: The Struggle for Epistemic Justice
- Speaker: Harri Englund # University of Cambridge
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- 12th Feb 2020 16:00 - 12th Feb 2020 17:30
- Violet Laidlaw room, 6th floor CMB
How would epistemic justice look like if it was inspired by the figure of Christ on the Cross? I propose an answer by presenting some aspects of the work and vision pursued by David Clement Scott as the head of the Blantyre Mission in Malawi between 1881 and 1898. Moved by vernacular thought and determined to bring black and white together in an African Church, Scott eventually faced mounting criticisms from the Church of Scotland, white settlers and colonial administrators alike.
Scott’s programme of reversals and learning presented an alternative to Cecil Rhodes’s monopolistic schemes and to settlers’ alienation of land and labour. It may also present an alternative to the emphasis on epistemic freedom in some twenty-first century approaches to decolonial thought.