ISBN 9789956552634
Pages 436
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2021
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Patrolling Epistemic Borders in a World of Borderless Pandemics

Epistemological Policemen in COVID-19 Afflicted 21st Century Africa

edited by Artwell Nhemachena, Rewai Makamani, Munyaradzi Mukesi

The global epistemological gendarmerie do not only police epistemologies but they also infect the world with infectious epidemics of laughter targeted at those people whose epistemologies are offhandedly condemned as sterile and useless in controlling and containing pandemics. Patrolling epistemic borders in ways that demobilise indigenous epistemologies, the global epistemological policemen have ironically managed to prevent “transgressive” epistemologies from crossing borders but they have fatally failed to prevent the transgressive COVID-19 from recurrently crossing borders, be they bodily, national or continental. Brandishing fetishised degree and diploma certificates, African comprador academics, who are more interested in fetishised ranks and titles than in creativity and innovation, have also fatally failed to help African communities by producing vaccines for Africans by Africans. Arguing that Eurocentric epistemologies have become sterile fetishes, the book contends that such epistemologies have disabled African scholars from actively producing vaccines on a continent where there are paradoxically more epidemics of mimetic laughter than there are efforts at creativity and innovation. The book is useful for scholars in sociology, anthropology, development studies, languages and communication, natural sciences, historical studies and social work.

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About the Editors

Artwell Nhemachena

Artwell Nhemachena holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. He has lectured at a number of universities in Zimbabwe. Currently he lectures in Sociology at the University of Namibia. He has published journal papers, book chapters and books on violence and conflict, relational ontologies and resilience, environment, development, democracy, research methods, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, anthropological jurisprudence, mining, society and politics, religion, industrial sociology, decoloniality and social theory. He is a laureate and active member of CODESRIA since 2010. 

Rewai Makamani

Rewai Makamani is Associate Professor, Head of Department, and former Associate Dean: Research and Innovation at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and a Research Fellow of the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has taught at the University of Zimbabwe among others.

Munyaradzi Mukesi

Munyaradzi Mukesi is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). He is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist in clinical and chemical pathology with the Health Professions Council of Namibia and has extensive experience in laboratory diagnostics. His research focus areas include maternal and neonatal issues and laboratory diagnostics in general and he has published several papers and book chapters. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from University of Fort Hare.

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