African Epistemology in the 21st Century: The Human and Social Sciences Perspective” is a publication from the University of Venda’s School of Human and Social Sciences lecture series. It contains 25 original contributions organized into five domains: African literature, History, politics, and developmental studies, Social work, African musicology, and Indigenous knowledge systems and cultural studies. These chapters offer interpretations of subject matter and research from an African standpoint and demonstrate the potential to inform global practices. This volume is a valuable resource for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts of African epistemology. The lecture series was established to promote research in African epistemology and to cultivate an environment conducive to scholarly exchange. The chapters underwent an extensive external double-blind peer review process and rigorous editorial oversight. By showcasing the integration of African epistemological perspectives across diverse disciplines within the Human and Social Sciences, this volume exemplifies the capacity of African ways of thinking to generate fresh insights and approaches that resonate on an international scale. It makes a significant contribution to the ongoing exploration of the ever-evolving landscape of African epistemology.
Madimabe Mapaya holds a PhD in African Studies, specialising in the study of mmino wa setšo (Indigenous African music) and its implications on African musicology. He is a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda. Apart from his university duties, Mapaya, commercially known as Geoff Mapaya, is a performing musician with several albums to his name. He served as editor for the Cultures of Limpopo and African Epistemology in the 21st Century: The Human and Social Sciences Perspectives. He guest- edited several journals. He also played a prominent role in the writing of the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement on music.