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Hybrid lecture | African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice (incl. free drinks & snacks!)

Hybrid lecture | African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice (incl. free drinks & snacks!) In-Person

Moving between the history of exclusion and the reality of the world philosophies approach, Pascah Mungwini's book is an introduction to African philosophy unlike any other. Presenting itself as part of an ongoing dialogue between African philosophy and the history of colonialism and its aftermath, the book focuses on "the emancipative thrust in the practice of African philosophy and the imperative history places on the African philosopher, including what it means to philosophy in an unjust world." Come listen to Pascah at 3D@VU and ask your question in the Q&A!

During this event, you'll also hear about the research of AUC students Imani Heijmans and Wanjiku van den Akker and Cecilia Nogueroles (researcher at UvA) into the library's Special Collections. 

About the speaker: Pascah Mungwini is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology at the University of South Africa. 

Online participation

This is a hybrid event. Would you like to attend online? Please send an email to Michèle Meijer (VU Library) to receive the Zoom-link:


15:00-15:30 doors open (grab yourself a free snack and drink and make yourself comfortable)

15:30-16:00 presentations by Imani Heijmans, Wanjiku van den Akker, and Cecilia Nogueroles on the Special Collections 

16:00-17:00 Pascah Mungwini on his book African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice (incl. Q&A). 

Friday, March 24, 2023
15:00 - 17:00
Time Zone:
Central European Time (change)
Campus Square
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About this event series 

This is the second of four events based on the Bloomsbury Introductions to World Philosophies series organized together with Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Professor of Diversifying Philosophy at the VU and editor of the series. Each event centers around one book. Come listen to the authors talking about their books and ask them your questions in the Q&A, all while enjoying a snack and a drink!

Web Exhibitions

Students have dived into the library’s Special Collections and selected items that connect with the book themes. During the events you’ll hear more about these items and the web exhibitions the students made!

Books for further reading

Interested in these topics and looking for further reading? Get inspired by the book collections that have been especially curated from the library’s collection for these events and will be on display during the events.

Project Omboeken

The University Library houses 30 kilometers of books, many of which are rarely used and are simply gathering dust in the stack rooms. The library started an innovative project, Omboeken (literally ‘rebook’), to find new ways to present these books to the public. For example, we created a multidisciplinary collection on sustainability for the Green Office and created an art installation with books, called Pantheon. New forms of presentation also means that we are experimenting with new ways of working, for example by offering more people a role in selecting books to be placed prominently on display, such as during these events!

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Michèle Meijer

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