ACLS African Humanities Program Releases Recommendations for Reinvigorating the Humanities in Africa


On June 7, 2014, the ACLS African Humanities Program convened a Forum on the Humanities in Africa at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.  At the AHP/Unisa forum, leading academics on the continent assessed the consequences of the marginalization of the humanities and offered suggestions to reverse this trend.

Suggestions were of two kinds. The first, addressed to members of the humanities community, recommended actions to be taken by individuals, departments, and cross-institutional networks, without the need for external funding. The second, directed to international stakeholders and national governments, identified policy changes and targets for investment of resources.

The resulting "Reinvigorating the Humanities in Africa" will be presented to national and higher education policymakers at the upcoming African Higher Education Summit in Dakar, Senegal, March 10-12, 2015.

The Summit, being convened by TrustAfrica, is planned as a three-day event with the theme “revitalizing higher education for Africa’s future.” The Summit seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector.

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