View the H-Africa Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-Africa's November 1997 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-Africa's November 1997 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-Africa home page.
 Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 From: Jim Blaut, University of Illinois-Chicago <email@example.com> "Postmodern" is really as deep into postmodern vocabulary as I wanted to go. If few Africanists are post-postmodernists, that may tell us something although I'm not sure what.  Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 From: Elias Bongmba, Rice University <firstname.lastname@example.org> This remark is very interesting and makes some of us who do African studies from theology and philosophy, working as I do under the influence, and I dare say tutelage of postmodernism, wonder if we are "Africanist." In philosophy, I would like to think that ideas put forward by postmodernists have been around from the time of Nietzsche, and in history the idea can even be traced back decades ago. I do not understand it when other scholars say that the term is "thrown around." A discussion like this does not allow one to express fully what they mean, but I am curious to know what makes postmodernism unsuitable for African studies. A convincing argument could lead to a great apostasy from the conceptual framework which has illuminated our reading of texts and culture.