Pan African Conference on Interdisciplinary studies
AFRICA: OUR UNTOLD STORIES
Date: 19th-23rd September, 2017
Venue: Main Auditorium, Archbishop Shanahan Conference Centre,
Onitsha, Anambra State Nigeria
The 2017 Pan African Conference on Interdisciplinary Studies organized by Anchor Book Club Foundation is the first of its kind to be held in Nigeria. The model and inspiration for the conference is the first Pan-African Conference that took place in London in 1900, followed by subsequent meetings held in 1919 in Paris, 1921 in London, 1923 in London, 1927 in New York City, 1945 in Manchester, 1974 in Dar es Salaam (first to be held in Africa), 1994 in Kampala and 2014 in Accra. Beginning from its inaugural meeting in 1900, the Pan-African Conference has played a key role in examining critical political, economic and cultural challenges facing the African continent as well as the African Diaspora.
The first one advocated decolonization and an end to racial discrimination through peaceful means. The organizers also demanded human rights and equal access to economic opportunities for all peoples in the context of international cooperation. Even in recent years, this Pan-African conference remains one of the largest and most intellectually exciting academic events in Africa and the African world, attended by notable African scholars from around the world.
The 2017 conference will provide opportunities for African scholars and writers to tell the African story from an African perspective in order to facilitate the continent’s social, political and economic transformation. The event will bring together scholars and creative artistes from Africa, and serve as an avenue for discussions and debates on issues and ideas that are shaping Africa’s development. One of the goals of our conference is to inspire intellectual growth and entrepreneurial spirit in Africa’s younger generations. We are hopeful that the conference will forge intellectual links among young African intellectuals, policy makers and activists within and outside Africa to act as advocates of African rapid and organic development.
The presentations will explore Africa through a variety of lenses, including literature, art, law, economics, history and philosophy. Adiverse group of panelists and speakers from across Africa will enrich the 2017 conference by engaging with a variety of topics, including:
1. African Literature
2. African Traditional and Modern Communication Systems
3. African films and theater studies
4. African Philosophy and Global reception
5. African Education Systems
6. African Arts and Archives
7. African Political Systems
8. African Religions and Cultures
9. Africa’s Economic Outlook
Confirmed speakers and participants at the 2017 conference include the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie M. Obiano, FCA, (will declare the conference open), Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe chancellor, Amadu Bello University, Zaria, (Royal Father of the day), His Royal Highness, Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad, the Sultan of Sokoto, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Former Nigerian head of State. Chief Alex Ekwueme, (former vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria),Okey Ndibe (a well known US-based Nigerian novelist, keynote Speaker), Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Professors, Obi J. Oguejiofor, Dean, School of General Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of the Kenya School of Law, University of Nairobi (a former Director of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Commission), Dr. Pierre Odongi Atilo-Ekwa (Director Education and Development National Ministry of Defence, Republic of South Sudan), Akachi Ezeigbo, Department of Languages, Linguistics, literary Studies and Theater Arts Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi, Stella Okunna, First African female professor of Mass Communication, Head, Department of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Sarah Ssali of Makerere University, Uganda, Prof. Mrs Akachi Ezeigbo, Professor of Languages, Linguistics, literary Studies and Theater Arts, Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State,Pat Utomi (Director of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Nigeria), Theophilus Okere, a Catholic priest and emeritus Professor of African Philosophy as well as President of the Whelan Research Institute for Religion, Culture and Society in Owerri, Pius Adesanmi(Director, Institute of African Studies Carleton University, Ottawa Canada), Femi Adesina, Columnist and Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Onyeka Nwalue, (Assistant professor of Literary Studies, Manipur University India), other former Head of States, members of the Diplomatic communities and Captain of industries.
The Organizing Committee therefore invites scholars, professionals, captains of industries, organizations and students working on all aspects of African studies both at home and its Diaspora to attend and contribute researched papers in any or related above area of studies .
Your presence would also demonstrate your commitment to Africa’s development and desire to catalyze the revitalization of the academic and intellectual glory of the southeast, a zone that has produced some of Africa’s intellectual and artistic luminaries, including Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chinua Achebe, Philip Emeagwali, Alex Ekwueme, Chukwuemeka Ike, Cyprian Ekwensi, Emeka Anyaoku, Chike Obi, Dora Akunyili, Obey Ezekwesili, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Chimamanda Adichie, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, and Ben Enwonwu.
Submit abstract of a well researched studies of not more than 200 wordswith contacts information, title, name, current position and institutional affiliation, email, and phone number . Abstracts MUST discuss the scope of the paper, the research methodology, possible sources, and tentative thesis or hypothesis and how they related to Africa or help African development. Abbreviations may be used but they must be spelt out in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Y our paper must contain a title, written in title Cases and bold. You will be notified on the status of your submission; those whose abstracts are accepted will pay a conference Registration fee. Selected abstracts will be published in pre-conference book of Abstract and papers will be published in the post conference peer review journal. Therefore, your papers should be original and reflect new areas of interest and MUST not have been published or considered by other journals at the moment. Send your abstract to panafricanconference2017@ yahoo.com.
Note: papers that do not conform to this template will not be considered
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JULY, 31st 2017
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