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JOUR 3/DAY 3 : OCTOBER 27, 2023

9.00 – 10.00


Otoiu Damiana Gabriela, (Moderator) Diaspora(s), Source Communities and Museum Collections. Collaboration and Controversies over the Renovation of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren1, University of Bucharest
Benson Koni, Collective Acts of Re-Membering: Restoration In Action, University of the Western Cape
Okuku Jane, Transcendent Memory: (Re) imagining Indigenous African Museum in Contemporary Africa, Technical University of Kenya (Virtual)
Malelelo Livhuwani, Revisiting Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness in Reviving the African Personality, University of Johannesburg (Virtual)
Njobati Sylvie Vernyuy, Is Restitution the Beginning and the End? Sysy House of Fame (Virtual)
Young Alden, Confederation of the Horn of Africa: The New Pan-Africanism in Gulf Newspapers, University of California at Los Angeles (Virtual)

African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen)

Panel Title: Reinvigorating the Politics of Freedom, Unity and Development in Africa: Mapping Emerging Pathways for Social Transformation and Dignity

Abstract :

How can Africa retool/remodel itself towards a future of social transformation and dignity for all its citizens, driven by the lessons of its past? In immediate post-independent Africa, nationalist elites sought to consolidate the gains of freedom and pan Africanism to usher their countries into a new dawn of national unity, peace and economic development. Despite their best efforts, viz the various political, and economic models adopted to achieve these goals, complex crises in the 1980s contributed to the unraveling of the nation-state project, conflict and instability in several parts of the continent, and continued external economic dependence and crisis, that undermined development and democracy, as well as the standard of living of many African people. Against this background, the papers in this panel offer unique and critical insights into issues at the crux of Africa’s current challenges and their links to complex identities (includes youth, nationality and gender), governance deficits, diverse conflicts, economic crises, politics of resistance and confrontation, and peacebuilding. They also collectively make a
strong case for connecting these to the quest for emerging pathways to freedom, social transformation and dignity in Africa.

Titilope F. Ajayi (Conveners) -Gender and Political Change in Africa: Lessons from Women’s Transnational Organising (APN/Next Gen)
Nicodemus Minde (Conveners)-Popular Perceptions and Emancipatory Nationalism in Zanzibar (APN/Next Gen)
Dr Rosette Sifa Vuninga-Eastern and Western Congolese in Cape Town: Ethno-regional identity politics and refugee “papers” among Congolese migrants
Erick Sourna Loumtouang– Africa, from the “field of experience” to the field of power. Understanding the interplay of international actors in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin
Dr. Joyce Agofure– Revisiting Development in Africa through Creative Writing


Nonhlanhla Dlamini, (Moderator) Working Through Affect and Psychic Reparation, University of the Free State
Nwakanma Pamela, The Gendered Economics of Political Empowerment: Lessons from Nigeria, Africa’s Largest Economy, Johns Hopkins University
Onoyona-Ekeocha Erhowo Isoken, Ozaism, And The Absolute State Of Gendering, International education consulting]
Mbogo Fredrick, Betrayal in the City: The Retelling of Stories at The Kenya National Theatre with a Western Gaze, Technical University of Kenya (Virtual)
Tangara Drissa and Finkésiyôrô in Beledugu, Place Naming and identities in territorial settlements in Mali: case studies of saranbugu in Bamako ans Finkéyôrô in Beledugu, University of Johanesbourg/IPU Doctoral School of Bamako (Virtual)
Zeleke Elleni, Where is Ethiopia?, Columbia University (Virtual)
Dotse John, Old and New Challenges and Successful Restoring of Africa in International Order, University of Toronto (Virtual)

Gretchen Bauer (Moderator)

Elias Opongo, S.J., Repatriation of Stolen Natural Resources: A Framework for Economic Justice, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies
Joel Muteba, Corporate social responsibility applied to the mining sector: a response to the imbalance between the enrichment of mining companies and the impoverishment of local communities? Université de Kinshasa
Keller Tabatha, Uranium Miners and the Transnational History of Resource Extraction, University of Toledo
Anderson Moji, Sexual and gender diversity as value restoration: Linking the African past to the Jamaican present, University of the West Indies (Virtual)

10.00 -10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.30

Faisal Garba (Moderator)

Kajombo Marion, Sociolinguistic strategies used by male gynecologist’s to mitigate taboo topics in urban Malawi consultations, University of Pretoria and Malawi University of Science and Technology
Mulumba Alphonse Toussaint Tshit, Public Policy complexities in Africa and a sense of belonging for minority groups, Universite Officielle de Mbujimayi
Simekha Cynthia, Rethinking ‘Difference’ through Racialized Gendered Futures in Afronauts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mulumba Cedrick Kayembe, (Moderator) International Tutelage over the Democratic Subject in the DR Congo Ngunjiri Ndirangu,Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Africa, Deakin University
Bakuri Amisah, The women tell the stories and sing the songs – Decolonisation through songs and stories, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Virtual)
Nabutanyi Edgar Fred, Diabolically Beautiful Metropolitan Existence: Representations of Kampala in Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Novels, Makerere University (Virtual)

Moderator: (In-Person)-Ebenezer Bosomprah

Kapatika Harry Wilson, Epistemicide and the Paradox of Restituting African Tangible and Intangible Heritages, University of Johannesburg (Virtual)
Kasongo Gracia Lwanzo, Reclaiming African Narratives: A Holistic Approach to Restitution through the Intersection of Memory, Orality, and Materiality (Virtual)
Opondo Dr. Paul, Repositioning African Historiography: The role of Pioneer African Historians in the Restitution of African Historical Methods and Knowledges, Moi University (Virtual)


Moderator (In-Person)-Yaa Ampofo

Uledi Peter, To the people … independence means that they can plough everywhere. Politics of state formation: State-Peasant relations in Zimbabwe, c.1980 to 1992, Stellenbosch University (Virtual)
Waweru Veronica, Decoloniality and African Genesis Epistemologies, Council on African Studies, Yale University (Virtual)
Adjei Edwin and Mercy Akrofi Ansah, African literary texts as tools for culture sustenance: a case study of Akan literary texts, University of Ghana (Virtual)
Odongo Nicholas Ouma Nicholas, State Capture: African Narratives, Carbon Report Africa (Virtual)
Mawoko Candide, Who should write African history?, University of Ottawa (Virtual)
Bhullar Lovleen, Constitutional Environmental Duties in Kenya and Nigeria: People, Government, and Courts, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham (Virtual)

Moderator (In-Person)-Mjiba Frehiwot

Kottoh Michael, Restoring African Economic Autonomy: African Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Reconstitution of State Capitalism Konfidants (Virtual)
Bhatti Hassan Ali, Assessing the Causes of Women’s Perceptions Towards the United Nations in 21st Century Kenya: What Factors Play a Prominent Role in Opinion Formation, Dublin City University (Virtual)
Egbule Philip Onyekachukwu, Rethinking Cultural Revivalism for Africa’s Development: Why it Matters, University of Delta, Agbor, Delta State (Virtual)
Wodajo Kebene Kejela, The Politics and Structurality of AI Governance, the Place of Africa, University of St. Gallen (Virtual)

Moderator-(In-Room)-Divine Fuh

Githiora Chege, Multilingualism and Governance in Africa, Kenyatta University (Virtual)

Pancham Kershan, Returning African Rivers, Memory, Bodies and Land: the case of Khoi Restorative Justice in the Cape, African Studies Centre Leiden University (Virtual)
Nwaka Geoffrey, The Gendered Economics of Political Empowerment: Lessons from Nigeria, Africa’s Largest Economy, Abia State University (Virtual)
Ngunjiri Ndirangu, Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Africa, University of Nairobi (Virtual)
Moustafa Laila Hussein, Decolonizing African AI data, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Virtual)
Njoroge Miriam, Facing Mount Kenya: Resurgence and Resilience of African Spirituality among the Agìkūyū in Kenya lessons, challenges, and hopes, University of Nairobi (Virtual)

11.30 -12.30


Mwepu Patrick Kabeya, Rapatriement symbolique ou l’appropriation d’une identité perdue. La littérature au secours de la politique – Rhodes University
Mpay Kemboly, Qu’est-ce que l’Afrique ? : L’Afrique expliquée à elle-même, Université Loyola du Congo
Petrus Theodore, New world (dis)order: the (potential) role of African resistance to globalist tyranny. University of the Free State (Virtual)
Cihangiroğlu Ahmet Furkan, Analysis of Sudan and Libya, University of Warsaw (Virtual)

Moderator- (In-Person)-Mame Penda Ba

Nwana Titus, Human Deposit: Woman and Land Adoption in Bimbia. A Repatriation Discourse, University of Buea (Virtual)

Curry Dawne Yvette, How the Body is Taken Home: Black South Africans’ Quest for Repatriation as Enfranchised Grief, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Virtual)
Ajah-Okohu Doris, Socio-cultural issues that affect the uptake of CS in Nigeria: A study of Ebonyi State, Department of Psychology and Sociological Studies, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (Virtual)
Kamanga Chrispine Nthezemu, Mental Illness, Herbal medicine, climate change and Vimbuza performers in Rumphi, Malawi, Stellenbosch University (Virtual)


Ngoma-Binda Phambu, (Moderator) Décolonisation mentale et appropriation du savoir. Quelle résonance en retour après Mabika Kalanda et V.Y. Mudimbe au Congo ?, Université de Kinshasa
Emmanuel Banywesize, Pour la réinvention des sciences sociales en Afrique. Reflexion épistémologique au départ de Valentin Yves Mudimbe, Achille Mbembe et Joseph Tonda, Université de Lubumbashi
Kaumba Mazanga, La place de l’archéologie dans le débat sur la restitution/Rapatriement du patrimoine culture congolais, Université de Lubumbashi
Tshiani Madika, Politique et formation étatique, Ordre National des Avocats, RDC.
Lombard Margaux, A la recherche des récits manquants : retour sur un projet d’échanges artistiques (arts visuels) entre la Martinique et Kinshasa, Les Afriques du Monde. Bordeaux. (Virtual)
Boubé Salifou, Refonder la modernité africaine par le cousinage à plaisanterie, Université de Rennes (Virtual)

Aderonke A Adesanya (Moderator)

Rovetta Ornella, Restoring Archives, Restoring Identities? Silences in the Colonial Past and Voices in the Present (The case of Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1885-1962. State Archives of Belgium

Djiala Mellie Diderot, Toponymie et espaces coloniaux allemands et français au Cameroun : entre restitution et restauration Université de Dschang (Virtual)
Grigorescu Alexandru, The spread of international anti-corruption initiatives and their impact on African states, Loyola University Chicago (Virtual)
Winlade Israel, Approaching the study of Yoruba diaspora: religious practice and the intangibility of Indigenous language. (online), University of Bologna (Virtual)

Moderator (In-Person)-Divine Fuh

Masiga Simon, Interpretation Disability Inclusion 2 Samuel 9 as Motifs for Socio-Religious Participation for People with Disability, Makerere University (Virtual)
Moses Iliya Ogidis, Revisiting Luke 3:12-14 as a catalyst in addressing corrupt form of politics in Africa, St. Paul’s University limuru kenya (Virtual)
Bernard Luwerekera, Africans are notoriously religious”. John Mbiti’s legacy in reclaiming African cultural and spiritual heritage. Makerere University (Virtual)
Otu Edwin, Towards Ecologies of Repair and Restoration: Serge Attukwei Clottey’s Afrogallonism and “The Bodies Left Behind”, Georgetown University (Virtual)

12:30 PM – LUNCH

14.00 – 17.00 Art, memorials, Museums, and cultural events
Visit to Shilatembo Site
Visit to the National Museum of Lubumbashi
Visit historical sites/buildings in town.

17.00 – 19.00: Cultural Event around the Poetry of Gabriel Okoundji
(Lieu: CARF, Grande sale). Manifestation culturelle autour de la poésie de Gabriel Okoundji

Gabriel Mwènè Okoundji est poète et psychologue clinicien, né au Congo Brazzaville et vivant à Bordeaux. Chargé d’Enseignement aux universités de Bordeaux (1997-2013), Délégué à la culture à l’hôpital Charles Perrens (2012- 2019) dans la même ville, il est depuis 2020 Conseiller Culturel à la Direction en matière de Politique et santé. Certains de ses recueils ont été traduits en espagnol, anglais, finnois, occitan, italien. Ses ouvrages ont fait l’objet d’études, notamment par Jacques Chevrier Gabriel Okoundji, poète.

17.00 – 19.00: Return. An Epic Journey (Lieu: CARF, Salle Bibliothèque)

Un film de de Rita Mukebu en collaboration avec Joseph Kasau, 2021. 15 min, français, sous-titré en anglais. Inspiré par les masques africains du Musée Rietberg de Zurich, l’artiste suisse Lukas Stucky a conçu un masque et a demandé à l’artiste congolaise Rita Mukebo de lui donner le statut d’oeuvre d’art. Dans un court métrage produit par le Centre d’art Waza Lubumbashi, Mukebà teste la signification du masque en rendant visite à la communauté Tshokwe, au conservateur du Musée National de Lubumbashi et dans la bibliothèque de l’université.

Ce film s’inspire de la démarche entreprise par Susan Vogel dans le film des deux fleuves, éd. La Cheminante, 2014) ; Thierry Delhourme, Poème à Gabriel Okoundji, éd. A l’Index 2017) ; Stephens Akplogan (Transgénéité orale dans la poétique de Gabriel Okoundji, éd. du Flamboyant, 2014) ; Alessio Lizzio (Gabriel Okoundji : Poésie d’initiation, Tesi di Laurea, Facolta di lettere e filosofia, 2009-2010. Par ailleurs, un ouvrage collectif critique, sous la coordination de Jean-Claude Tardif : Gabriel Okoundji, le quêteur de souffle, À L’Index, 2015). Le réalisateur Luc Gétreau lui a consacré en 2014, un documentaire : « Gabriel Mwènè Okoundji : Le dévoilement du monde ». L’ensemble de son oeuvre a été couronné par de nombreux prix, dont : Grand Prix des Arts et des Lettres de la République du Congo, Prix
Benjamin Fondane, Prix Antonio Viccaro (Canada) le Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor du Cénacle Européen Francophone, Prix spécial Poésie de l’Académie des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux et le Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire. Le ministère français de la culture lui a décerné en août 2018, le grade d’Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Il est membre de l’Académie des Jeux Floraux.

Fang, an epic Journey, tout en la reversant dans l’optique de la restitution des biens culturels.

H.O.M.E. 35 min, 2022, français, sous-titré en anglais

A travers le projet HOME (Human Remains Origin(s) Multidisciplinary Evaluation), des chercheurs des institutions publics belges ont travaillé sur les questions éthiques pour fournir une base pour les demandes de restitution des restes humains issus de la colonisation belge. En collaboration avec l’AfricaMuseum de Tervuren (Belgique), deux collectifs d’artistes congolais ont entrepris de discuter avec des chercheurs, artistes, activistes et autres acteurs sociaux congolais pour éclairer leurs opinions
sur l’existence et les futurs possibles de ces restes humains. Ils ont réalisé une première compilation de ces échanges au cours d’une résidence à l’Africa Museum de Tervuren en 2022.

Un film réalisé par le Centre d’art Waza (Patrick Mudekereza, Joseph Kasau et Stéphane Kabila) et le Collectif Faire Part (Paul Shemisi, Nizar Saleh et Noah Matanga).

Avec les interventions de Mme Catherine KATUMBU FURAHA, Prof. Isidore NDAYWEL NZIEM, SINZA AANZA, Jeannette KIHANI VANDE GINSTE, Prof. Theodore NGANZI NDONI, Prof. Raoul KIENGE KIENGE, Freddy TSIMBA, Roland LUMMBA, Prof. Placide MUMBEMBELE SANGER, Prof. Pamphile MABIALA MANTUBA-NGOMA, Prof. YOKA LYE MUDABA, Marie OMBA DJUNGA, Prof. Joseph IBONGO GILUNGULA, Pierre KAHENGA, Godelieve NYEMBA, Me. Hubert TSHISWAKA, Me. Jacques MUKONGA, Prof. Antoine TSHITUNGU, Feza KAYUNGU, Kady MPIANA, Dorine MOKHA, Véronique POVERELLO, Prof. Donatien DIBWE, Arthur, KALUNGA, Agxon KASUKA, Prof. Antoine TSHITUNGU, Godelive NYEMBA, Arthur KALUNGA, Simplice ZAIDI, Me. Hubert TSHISWAKA, Damien KAHAMBWE, Douglas MASAMUNA.

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