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Asixoxe Conference

The Professorship of African and Afrophone Philosophies organizes the annual African philosophy conference Asixoxe! The conference was launched in 2014 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and since then it has taken place annually at several locations: in London, in Bayreuth, in Prague, and in Addis Ababa.

Asixoxe is an expression in the southern African languages Ndebele and Zulu. It means “let’s talk!” Bearing this expression in the title, the conference places emphasis on the spoken word, togetherness, and friendship, as the social basis of our academic engagement with philosophical topics. At the same time, through the succession of two click sounds, the word asixoxe iconically represents the way human speech adds a specific rhythm to time and to thought.

Since its launching, the conference has been open to both established academics and young researchers, including undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctoral students. In this way, it strives to foster the synergy of ripe expertise and fresh scholarly minds. The goal of the conference is, then, to bring together all those who are passionate about African philosophical thought, to create a platform for their exchanges, and to nurture the growth of the discipline of African Philosophy.

More information: https://www.afrophil.uni-bayreuth.de/en/asixoxe-conference/index.html

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