Episode 9: Ecologies of Knowledge, African Archive


  • coloniality of knowledge
  • sociological Canon
  • African Archive
  • ecologies of knowledge


Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Concept & Content Development
Thando Tilmann and Tamar Sarkissian

Film Team
Dr. Johanna Ickert, René Arnold and Andrew Berry


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Bhambra, Gurminder K., and John Holmwood. Colonialism and Modern Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity, 2021. https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Colonialism+and+Modern+Social+Theory-p-9781509541294.

Biko, Steve. “I Write What I Like.” Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies 8, no. 3 (1978). https://doi.org/10.5070/f783017356.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé W. On Intersectionality: Essential Writings. New York: The New Press, 2017.

“Decolonising Modern Social Theory – Prof Gurminder K Bhambra.” Video, 9:39. Youtube. Posted by Connected Sociologies, 2021. https://youtu.be/9_R_NcBQeRU.

Falola, Toyin. Decolonizing African Knowledge: Autoethnography and African Epistemologies. African Identities: Past and Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. doi:10.1017/9781009049634.

Hooks, Bell. Art on My Mind: Visual Politics. New York: New Press, 1995.

Kumalo, Siseko H. “Resurrecting the Black Archive through the Decolonisation of Philosophy in South Africa.” Essay. In Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education: Bringing Decolonial Theory into Contact with Teaching Practice, edited by Shannon Morreira, Kathy Luckett, Siseko H. Kumalo, and Manjeet Ramgotra. London: Routledge, 2021.

Maldonado-Torres, Nelson. “On the Coloniality of Being.” Cultural Studies 21, no. 2-3 (2007): 240–70. https://doi.org/10.1080/09502380601162548.

Mbebe, Achille. “Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive”. Speech, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2015. https://wiser.wits.ac.za/system/files/Achille%20Mbembe%20-%20Decolonizing%20Knowledge%20and%20the%20Question%20of%20the%20Archive.pdf

Mignolo, Walter D. The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J., Rüdiger Seesemann, and Christine Vogt-William. “African Studies in Distress: German Scholarship on Africa and the Neglected Challenge of Decoloniality.” Africa Spectrum 57, no. 1 (2022): 83–100. https://doi.org/10.1177/00020397221080179.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. 1st ed. London: Zed Books, 1999.

Steinmetz, George, ed. Sociology and Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.

Thiongʼo, Ngũgĩ wa. Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. London: James Currey, 1986.