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(u)Mzantsi Classics

Dialogues in Decolonisation from Southern Africa

An Open Access edition of this book will be available on publication on the Liverpool University Press and African Minds websites

Though Greco-Roman antiquity (‘classics’) has often been considered the handmaid of colonialism, its various forms have nonetheless endured through many of the continent’s decolonising transitions. Southern Africa is no exception. This book canvasses the variety of forms classics has taken in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and especially South Africa, and even the dynamics of transformation itself. How does (u)Mzantsi classics (of southern Africa) look in an era of
profound change, whether violent or otherwise? What are its future prospects? Contributors focus on pedagogies, historical consciousness, the creative arts and popular culture. The volume, in its overall shape, responds to the idea of dialogue – in both the Greek form associated with Plato’s rendition of Socrates’ wisdom and in the African concept of ubuntu. Here are dialogues between scholars, both emerging and established, as well as students – some of whom were directly impacted by the Fallist protests of the late 20-teens. Rather than offering an apologia for classics, these dialogues engage with pressing questions of relevance, identity, change, the canon, and the dynamics of decolonisation and potential recolonisation. The goal is to interrogate classics – the ways it has been taught, studied, perceived, transformed and even lived – from many points of view.

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An Open Access edition of this book will be available on publication on the Liverpool University Press and African Minds websites

Though Greco-Roman antiquity (‘classics’) has often been considered the handmaid of colonialism, its various forms have nonetheless endured through many of the continent’s decolonising transitions. Southern Africa is no exception. This book canvasses the variety of forms classics has taken in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and especially South Africa, and even the dynamics of transformation itself. How does (u)Mzantsi classics (of southern Africa) look in an era of
profound change, whether violent or otherwise? What are its future prospects? Contributors focus on pedagogies, historical consciousness, the creative arts and popular culture. The volume, in its overall shape, responds to the idea of dialogue – in both the Greek form associated with Plato’s rendition of Socrates’ wisdom and in the African concept of ubuntu. Here are dialogues between scholars, both emerging and established, as well as students – some of whom were directly impacted by the Fallist protests of the late 20-teens. Rather than offering an apologia for classics, these dialogues engage with pressing questions of relevance, identity, change, the canon, and the dynamics of decolonisation and potential recolonisation. The goal is to interrogate classics – the ways it has been taught, studied, perceived, transformed and even lived – from many points of view.

Detaljer

Forlag
Liverpool University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
282
ISBN
9781802077469
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Samantha Masters is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at Iziko Museums of Cape Town where she has been working on a database of the South African Collections of antiquities in South African museums. Imkhitha Nzungu is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University) and editor at the not-for-profit publisher, African Minds. She has a Masters in Ancient Cultures. Grant Parker is Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford University and former Co-Director, Center for African Studies, and former Chair of Classics, both at Stanford. His publications include (ed.) South Africa, Greece, Rome: Classical Confrontations (Cambridge University Press 2017) and The Making of Roman India (Cambridge University Press 2008). His current research focuses on the heritage of enslavement in the Cape and the Indian Ocean world.

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