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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

2 May 2019: Professor Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni heads up the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI) and is a Full Professor in the Department of Development Studies at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. The Archie Mafeje Research Institute’s work is informed by decolonial thought and decolonial theories and when it come to issues of development I also deploy decolonial thought to reflect on development as an idea, discourse and practice. He comes from the discipline of Historical and African Studies and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in such internationally renowned and peer-reviewed journals such as African Affairs, Journal of Southern African Studies, Third World Quarterly, Round Table: International Journal of Commonwealth Studies; African Studies Quarterly, Development Southern Africa and many others.

He is the author of The Ndebele Nation: Reflections on Hegemony, Memory and Historiography (Amsterdam & Pretoria: Rozenburg Publishers & UNISA Press, 2009); Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist? Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation & Crisis in A Postcolonial State, (Oxford: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2009); Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, June 2013); and Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization(Dakar: CODESRIA Books, 2013 in press).

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


Look out for these other talks:

• 6 June 2019: Professor Terrell Carver (Bristol)

• Professor Vusi Gumede: Date TBA

Past lectures