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Colloque La rencontre des rationalitÚs (Porto Novo, Benin, September 2002): Wim van Binsbergen's contribution
   


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September 2002 participation in the Colloquium ‘La rencontre des rationalitÚs’, organised by the African Centre for Advanced Studies, the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH) and UNESCO, Porto Novo, Benin, September 18-21, 2002, where a paper was presented entitled 'The underpinning of scientific knowledge systems: Epistemology or hegemonic power? The implications of Sandra Harding’s critique of North Atlantic science for the appreciation of African knowledge systems'. After the conference promosing contacts were made with the non-governmental organisation 'Africa Cultures', Cotonou, Benin, under whose aegis significant aspects of ritual culture in Benin were briefly explored. Africa Cultures holds the views that the current misery of Africa is due to the fact that those who died as victims of the transatlantic slave trade have not been laid to rest. Therefore it took the initiative to create Igbale Aiye, a monument, university, craft centre, and centre of pilgrimage and renewal.

Porto Novo, Benin (
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Paulin Hountondji, conference convenor and chair

Richard Rorty and Wim van Binsbergen

at the traditional medicine market (
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Igbale Aiye


Egungun, Yoruba spirit of the dead (
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An informal voudou dance, Benin (
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