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The Association of Political Theory in Africa (APTA) is the leading forum for the development and exchange of political ideas to overcome the challenges facing Africa today.

It aims to promote African scholarship in political theory through a plural and global exchange of ideas. As an association located in Africa we are open to any form and nature of political theory that advances this goal.

The objectives of APTA include:

• To promote the importance of political theory in Africa

• To enhance debate, research and teaching in political theory

• To nurture young political theorists and enable publishing opportunities

• To expand networks continentally and globally

• To encourage the use of political theory in public debate and practical politics


The NRF/British Academy SA-UK Bilateral Research Chair in Political Theory

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Upcoming Public Lectures at Wits University in 2019

6 June 2019: Professor Terrell Carver

Professor Terrell Carver will deliver his talk Where is Eurocentrism? Re-thinking colonialism and re-reading Marx on Thursday 06 June 2019 at 12pm in the Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room

As a political theorist Professor Carver has specialised in Marx, Engels and Marxism, and on philosophy and methodology of social science. He has concentrated on textual work in order to raise standards of interpretation. Besides doing his own translations of Marx, he has addressed himself to investigating the exact roles played by Engels in the composition of the Marxian canon and in the interpretative tradition that surrounds it. In doing this he has engaged with deconstructionist and post-modern methodologies, following developments in feminist theory and reception studies particularly closely. Some of his work has employed feminist and men’s studies perspectives on masculinities, and he has contributed to the political theory of sex, gender and sexuality, in particular in International Relations, since 1996.

He has researched selected aspects of UK, American, Chinese, South East Asian, Australian and European politics to illustrate what political theory can do.

His talk starts at 12pm at the Humanities Graduate Centre.

Look out for these other talks:

• Professor Vusi Gumede: Date TBA

Past lectures