INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AS SCIENTIFIC

Mr. Adebayo Anthony Ogungbure, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

September 2016 [orig. Feb. 2014]*

About our Guest: Mr. Adebayo Anthony Ogungbure is a Ph.D candidate and academic advisor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria.* He is the author of The Problem of Justification in African Epistemology: A Critical Study (2012) and several other peer-reviewed articles. 

Interviewer: Ana Fonseca 

Overview: Mr. Ogungbure talks about his article, "African indigenous knowledge: scientific or unscientific?," published in 2013 in the academic journal Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, which examines the causes and assumptions that create tension and antagonism between Western and African indigenous knowledge. Specifically, we will be discussing  the concepts of "culture"  and  "science" and  their relevance in understanding systems of knowledge. The critical role of orality in producing, preserving and communicating African indigenous knowledge will also be discussed.

RH- Indigenous Knowledge as Scientific

Keywords/themes: 
Orality, oral tradition, oral history, culture, science, indigenous knowledge, Western knowledge, politics of knowledge, ijala chants, yoruba culture, Nigeria, Africa.

"It is upon my understanding of culture as the totality of the body of knowledge produced within a society that I argue that indigenous knowledge is also scientific because it is produced within a culture, just as the knowledge in Western science is also produced within a culture."

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CITING THIS INTERVIEW:

Audio: Ogungbure, Adebayo Anthony. "Indigenous Knowledge as Scientific." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, September 2016 [February 2014] http://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2016-9-orig2014-2-mr-adebayo-anthony-ogungbure-university-of-ibadan-nigeria-indigenous-knowledge-as-scientific.

Transcription: Ogungbure, Adebayo Anthony. "Indigenous Knowledge as Scientific." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, September 2016 [February 2014] http://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2016-9-orig2014-2-mr-adebayo-anthony-ogungbure-university-of-ibadan-nigeria-indigenous-knowledge-as-scientific

* This interview was originally published in an extended version by Radio Heteroglossia on February 2014. The original interview has been shortened for this publication to fit our new, condensed format launched on September 2016. As of 2015, Mr. Ogungbure became a Lechner Scholar and Doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University in the United States.

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