Chimurenga is a project-based mutable object, workspace, and pan-African platform for editorial activities. Founded by Ntone Edjabe in Cape Town in 2002, it makes space for ideas and reflection by Africans about Africa. The aim of their activities is not just to produce new knowledge, but to express the intensities of our world, to capture those forces, and to take action.

A pencil drawing shows a model. Circular diagram objects, small snippets of photos and a map, each with labels. All these are connected by dashed lines.

Image: Chimurenga, Chimurenga modules, 2015, courtesy Chimurenga

Chimurenga’s outputs include a broadsheet titled The Chronic; The Chimurenga Library; African Cities Reader; and the Pan African Space Station (PASS). The Chronic is a gazette born of an urgent need to write our world differently, to begin asking new questions, and old ones anew. The Chimurenga Library is an ongoing intervention into knowledge production and an archive that seeks to re-imagine the library as a laboratory for curiosity, new adventures, critical thinking, daydreaming, socio-political involvement, partying, or just random perusal. The library and archive can be investigated as both conceptual and physical spaces in which memories are preserved, history is written, and both are reactivated. African Cities Reader is a biennial publication that brings together contributors from across Africa and the world to challenge the prevailing depiction of urban life on the continent and redefine “cityness,” Africa-style. It is a joint creation of Chimurenga and the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Founded in 2008 by Chimurenga in collaboration with musician and composer Neo Muyanga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a periodic, pop-up live radio studio, a performance and exhibition space, a research platform and living archive, as well as an ongoing, internet-based radio station.

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