Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

South-South Dialogue: In Search of Humanity

  • Bryan Mukandi (a1)

Abstract

This paper is a meditation on the idea of South-South dialogue, beginning with the South-South Dialogues: Situated Perspectives in Decolonial Epistemologies symposium held at the University of Queensland in 2015. I interrogate the concept of South-South dialogue, apposing it to the Cartesian ‘I think’, and then question the plausibility of the concept. On the basis of a Gadamerian conception of understanding, I suggest that what passes for South-South dialogue is in fact more likely to be North-South or even North-North dialogue. This is buttressed by an examination of Valentin Mudimbe's Parables and Fables. I go on to suggest, however, that by staying within the realm of the concept, in what could be called a Cartesian paradigm, Mudimbe misses the important role that South-South dialogue can play. Drawing on the work of Sara Motta, Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and the concept of hunhu, I claim that the promise of South-South dialogue is the creation of spaces in which humanity is fostered.

Copyright

Corresponding author

address for correspondence: Bryan Mukandi, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Level 3, Forgan Smith Building (1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072, QLD, Australia. Email: b.mukandi@uq.edu.au

References

Hide All
Adichie, C. (2007). Half of a yellow sun. London, UK: Harper Perennial.
Andreotti, V. (2016a). The difficulties and paradoxes of interrupting colonial totalitarian logicalities. In Duarte, E. (Ed.), Philosophy of education 2015 (pp. 284288). Urbana, Illinois: Philosophy of Education Society.
Andreotti, V. (2016b). The educational challenges of imagining the world differently. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du Développement, 37 (1), 101112. doi: 10.1080/02255189.2016.1134456
Chalmers, G. (2014). The Con-Stitutional Re-Cognition (S)cam-Pain: The campaign for the hidden recognition of first nations peoples’ racial inferiority. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8 (15), 2730.
Chamoiseau, P. (1997). Texaco. trans by Réjouis, Rose-Myriam & Vinokurov, Val (Eds.). London, UK: Granata Books.
Dangarembga, T. (2001). Nervous conditions. London, UK: Women's Press Classic.
Derrida, J. (1978). Writing and difference. trans. by Bass, Alan (Ed.). Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
Descartes, R. (1984). The philosophical writings of descartes: Volume II. trans. by Nottingham, John, Stoothoff, Robert, & Murdoch, Dugald (Eds.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Dussel, E. (1996). The underside of modernity: Apel, Ricoeur, Rorty, Taylor, and the philosophy of liberation. trans. by Mendieta, Eduardo (Ed.). Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press.
Fanon, F. (2008). Black skin, White masks, trans by Philcox, Richard(Ed.). New York, NY: Grove Press.
Frankfurt, H. (2008). Demons, dreamers, and madmen: The defense of reason in descartes's meditations. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Funkadelic. (2005). Free your mind. . .and your ass will follow. Southfield, Michigan: Westbound Records.
Gadamer, H.-G. (2000). Subjectivity and intersubjectivity, subject and person. Continental Philosophy Review, 33 (3), 275287. doi: 10.1023/A:1010086224341.
Gadamer, H.-G. (2004). Truth and method. trans. by Weinsheimer, Joel & Marshall, Donald (Eds.). London, New York: Continuum.
Gerima, H. (Director & Writer). (1993). Sankofa [DVD]. USA, Ghana, Burkina Faso, UK, Germany: Channel Four Films.
Heyman, W., & Stronza, A. (2011). South-south exchanges enhance resource management and biodiversity conservation at various scales. Conservation and Society, 9 (2), 146158. doi: 10.4103/0972-4923.83724
Kierkegaard, S. (1988). Stages on life's way: Studies by various persons. trans. by Hong, Howard & Hong, Edna (Eds.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Levinas, E. (1969). Totality and infinity. trans. by Lingis, Alphonso (Ed.). Pittsburg, Pennsylvania: Duquesne University Press.
Maldonado-Torres, N. (2007). On the coloniality of being: Contributions to the development of a concept. Cultural Studies, 21 (2–3) 240270. doi:10.1080/09502380601162548
Maldonado-Torres, N. (2012). Levinas's hegemonic identity politics, radical philosophy, and the unfinished project of decolonization. Levinas Studies, 7 (1), 6394.
Marechera, D. (1993). The house of hunger. Oxford, UK: Heinemann.
Motta, S.C. (2011). Notes towards prefigurative epistemologies. In Motta, S. & Gunvald Nilsen, A. (Eds.), Social movements in the global south: Dispossession, development and resistance (pp. 178199). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mudimbe, V. (1991). Parables and fables: Exegesis, textuality, and politics in Central Africa. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press.
Mudimbe, V., & de Sousa Santos, B. (2014, February 4). Conversation of The World - Valentin Y. Mudimbe and Boaventura de Sousa Santos [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvHFQGMtKlY. Accessed 29 March 2016.
Mukandi, B. (2015). Chester Himes, Jacques Derrida and inescapable colonialism: Reflections on African philosophy from the diaspora. South African Journal of Philosophy, 34 (4), 526537. doi:10.1080/02580136.2015.1113821
Mungwini, P. (2015). Dialogue as the negation of hegemony: An African perspective. South African Journal of Philosophy, 34 (4), 395407. doi:10.1080/02580136.2015.1120136
Nakata, M. (2007). Disciplining the savages: Savaging the disciplines. Canberra, Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.
Nietzsche, F. (2001). The gay science: With a prelude in German rhymes and an appendix of songs. trans, by Nauckhoff, Josefine (Ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Ramose, M. (1999). African philosophy through Ubuntu. Harare, Zimbabwe: Mond Books.
(1979). Third world quarterly. 1(2), 117–122. doi: 10.1080/01436597908419428.
Spivak, G. (1988). Can the subaltern speak?. In Nelson, C. & Grossberg, L. (Eds.), Marxism and the interpretation of culture (pp. 271313). Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan Education.
Sridharan, K. (1998). G-15 and South-South cooperation: Promise and performance. Third World Quarterly, 19 (3), 357374. doi: 10.1080/01436599814299.
Taylor, C. (2002). Gadamer on the human sciences. In Dostal, R. (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to Gadamer (pp. 126142). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Warnke, G. (2002). Hermeneutics, ethics and politics. In Dostal, R. (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to Gadamer (pp. 79101). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Warnke, G. (1979). South-South dialogue. Third World Quarterly, 1 (2), 117122. doi: 10.1080/01436597908419428.

Keywords

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed