Book Announcement: The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century

The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp495, £76.99 / $129.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century, edited by John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Kenneth W. Harrow, Eunice E. Omonzejie and Christopher E. Ukhun.

That Africa is at a crossroads in an increasingly globalised world is indisputable. Equally unassailable is the fact that the humanities, as a broad field of intellection, research and learning in Africa, appears to have been pigeonholed in debates of relevance in the development aspirations of many African nations. Historical experiences and contemporary research outputs indicate, however, that the humanities, in its various shades, is critical to Africa’s capacity to respond effectively to such problems as security, corruption, political ineptitude, poverty, superstition, and HIV/AIDS, among many other mounting challenges which confront the people of Africa. The vibrancy and resilience of Africa’s cultures, against these and other odds of globalisation episodes in the course of our history, demand the focused attention of academia to exploit their relevance to contemporary issues.

This collection provides a comprehensive overview of issues in the humanities at the turn of the 21st century, which create a veritable platform for the global redefinition and understanding of Africa’s rich cultures and traditions. Such areas covered include ruminations in metaphysics and psychology, pathos and ethos, cinematic and literary connections, and historical conceptualisations.

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The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Editors

John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji is Professor of Philosophy at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. A former Guggenheim Research Fellow, he is the founding editor of the Caribbean Journal of Philosophy. His books include An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (2007); Narratives of Struggle (2012); Black Aesthetics (2013); and The Rule of Law and Governance in Indigenous Yoruba Society (2016).

Kenneth W. Harrow is a Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA, with specialisations in African literature and cinema. He has previously taught at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon, and Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal. He is the author of several books, including Thresholds of Change in African Literature, and he has edited numerous collections on such topics as Islam and African literature.

Eunice E. Omonzejie is a Professor of French Studies in the Department of Modern Languages at Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. She recently completed tenure as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. Her research interests include women, culture, eco-criticism, masculinities and migration studies. She is the editor of the book Female Novelists of Francophone Black Africa: Views, Reviews, Interviews (2011). She has also published numerous peer-reviewed essays in books both within and outside of Nigeria.

Christopher E. Ukhun is a Professor of Philosophy and a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts of Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria, with special interests in African philosophy, metaphysics and gender philosophy. He has to his credit numerous publications in various national and international journals. He is the editor of the book Critical Gender Discourse in Africa (2002), and the author of Philosophy of Mind: Matters Arising (2004).

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