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The Arts and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Modernized Africa

Editor(s): Runette Kruger, Rudi de Lange, Ingrid Stevens
Contributors: Lucy W. Ngige, Dave Newman, Denis Ekpo, Ingrid Stevens, Owen Seda, Christian Nwaru, Cathy A. McRoberts,

Book Description

This collection derives from a conference held in Pretoria, South Africa, and discusses issues of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) and the arts. It presents ideas about how to promote a deeper understanding of IKS within the arts, the development of IKS-arts research methodologies, and the protection and promotion of IKS in the arts. Knowledge, embedded in song, dance, folklore, design, architecture, theatre, and attire, and the visual arts can promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and it can improve communication. IKS, however, exists in a post-millennium, modernizing Africa. It is then the concept of post-Africanism that would induce one to think along the lines of a globalized, cosmopolitan and essentially modernized Africa. The book captures leading trends and ideas that could help to protect, promote, develop and affirm indigenous knowledge and systems, whilst also making room for ideas that do not necessarily oppose IKS, but encourage the modernization (not Westernization) of Africa.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0767-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0767-X
Date of Publication: 01/04/2018
Pages / Size: 370 / A5
Price: £64.99


Rudi de Lange is an Associate Professor in Visual Communication at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He has published articles on legibility, visual literacy and misleading aspects of advertising. His current research focuses on misleading visuals and misleading advertising.

Ingrid Stevens is Professor in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. She studied Ceramics and Fine Art at the Witwatersrand Technikon, the University of South Africa, and Technikon Pretoria, South Africa. She has published extensively, both in scholarly journals and the popular press, and also makes art.

Runette Kruger is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. She teaches Art Theory at third-year level and supervises postgraduate candidates. She has authored a number of articles and book chapters. Her research interests include utopia, time, space, cities, globalisation, agency, and dissent.

Mzo Sirayi is a Professor of Drama and Cultural Policy at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, where he is also Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Arts. He is a Fulbright scholar, and the author of many scholarly and spiritual books, accredited articles and chapters in books. He has also presented numerous papers at local and international conferences, and served as a national and regional cultural policy consultant. He was appointed as an international literature consultant by the Nigerian LNG Limited for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2014 and is an ALASA Literature Award winner, 2015. He was rated at C2 as a National Research Foundation Researcher in 2016, and was awarded a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development in 2017.