Re-Membering Africa: Planting European Memory on Africa

TUE, MAR 14, 2006 (1:34:35)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o explores the resistance of African memory to European capitalist modernity’s attempts to bury it under Europhonism. The resurrection of African memory is seen as part and parcel of the African renaissance and Afro-modernity. In all three lectures, he draws on the experiences of other cultures, the European Renaissance and the Irish Experience particularly, to draw parallels, comparisons and contrasts. In this lecture, Ng_g_ wa Thiong’o talks of the historical, economic, political and psycho-cultural fragmentation of the continent by slavery and colonialism, arguing that the search for wholeness is the animating force in the continental and Diasporan-African (contiafrican and Diafrican) struggles. This lecture is a part of a series of lectures called Re-Membering Africa: Burial and Resurrection of African Memory.

Harvard Du Bois Institute
African Culture Series