Re-Membering Africa: Retrieval and Exchange of African Memory

WED, MAR 15, 2006 (2:48)

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, wa Thiong’o looks at remembering political, intellectual and literary visions like Pan-Africanism and the practices of African writing, and examines their limitation in their relationship to the African linguistic means of memory. 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