ISBN 9789956764198
Pages 500
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2017
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Archives, Objects, Places and Landscapes

Multidisciplinary approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pasts

edited by Munyaradzi Manyanga, Shadreck Chirikure

Dissatisfaction has matured in Africa and elsewhere around the fact that often, the dominant frameworks for interpreting the continent’s past are not rooted on the continent’s value system and philosophy. This creates knowledge that does not make sense especially to local communities. The big question therefore is can Africans develop theories that can contribute towards the interpretation of the African past, using their own experiences? Framed within a concept revision substrate, the collection of papers in this thought provoking volume argues for concept revision as a step towards decolonizing knowledge in the post-colony. The various papers powerfully expose that ‘cleansed’ knowledge is not only locally relevant: it is also locally accessible and globally understandable.

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“The authors provide a compelling example of how the revision of concepts can transform our understanding of the African past. Achieved through a sure-footed understanding and application of new techniques and methodologies, this volume illustrates how we are witnessing the emergence of a new era of African scholarship.”

Michael Rowlands, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University College London

About the Editors

Munyaradzi Manyanga

Munyaradzi Manyanga is a senior lecturer in archaeology and heritage management at the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a licentiate and PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Shadreck Chirikure

Shadreck Chirikure is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. He has an MA in artefact studies and a PhD in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. 

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