PAN AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

ONITSHA 2017

ANSELM Onuorah


CONFERENCE ABSTRACT 

For decades, development in Africa has been tailored along the line of western ideologies and concepts, which are largely imposed on Africa and the African people. Western marginalization of African cultures has resulted in the domination of power and value system which threatens the pluralism and freedom that is natural to humanity and is itself a condition for African development.   Today African Institutions and ideas are not given their pride of place in world’s debate, thereby leading to negatives consequences for millions of Africans. The ripple effect of this is that global communities are deprived of rich values and contributions of the Africans. Rather the common experience is that Africa is constantly imposed with alien ideas, from which she ends up suffering and which aids to prolong and perpetuate her poor development. 

Today, the African image remains that of a continent wracked with problems of war, hunger, underdevelopment, unemployment, political instability and corruption. This is a one-sided assessment of Africa with the intent of portraying Africa as a nobody. Though there are incidences of war and hunger  in Africa, but to generalize them as only realities in Africa is not true of the continent of Africa; therefore, there is need of having a balanced account of the African reality.  Africa and Africans must rise up and tell their own story. Africa needs spokespersons, both young and old especially in this contemporary world because African reality is not only the experience of wars, without the experience of peace too. It is not only the experience of poverty and undevelopment, without the experience of wealth and development. But for long, Africans have allowed others to tell their stories, and they have told these stories in the most unfavourable ways to Africans. Africans therefore must awake and retell their own stories. African intellectuals must tell the African story from an African perspective.  This Conference is to let Africans take their place among the world’s people, to tell the whole world their particular vision and version of reality. To enable the world compare notes, learn from each nation the varieties of ways to the truth and indeed the varieties of truth that may one day perhaps coalesce and harmonize into that final truth that will liberate all and reconcile all and make all one with all. It is a day to recall what African philosophy has been and a call on Africans to philosophize. Here philosophy is understood and used in the sense of a discursive activity of reasoning, persuading by demonstration and showing reasons for action. The conference will be enriched by a group of diverse panelists and speakers across Africa and Diaspora who will engage with a variety of topics including: 

AFRICAN LITERATURE
With focus on:
    Review of the Onitsha Market Literature.
    African Literature and the Legacy of the Forebears.
    Contemporary African Creative Writing: Challenges and Prospects.
    Literature as an Instrument of Social Change in Africa.
    Arts, the New literacy for the African child
    Etc

AFRICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
With focus on:
    African Intellectuals in the Deconstruction of Colonialists Pedagogy for Functional African Education 
    African Hospitality as an Identity
    The girl-child Education in Africa: An Appraisal
    Towards an African Philosophy of Education
    Child Labour and Human Right in Africa
    African and the Changing Face of Education: the Social Media impacts.
    Lesbianism and Homosexuality: An African perspective.
    Assessment of Policy Support for Education in Africa
    Etc

AFRICAN ARTS AND ARCHIVES
With focus on:
    The spiritual balance of African music
    African music and the global audience
    Colonialization and destruction of African arts
    Arts and life in Modern Africa
    The Egyptian Origin of Civilization
    Etc 


AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
With focus on:
    Colonialism and the “Scramble for Africa: Has the scramble ended? 
    Globalization, Culture and African Development
    Immigration crisis in Africa by Africans
    African’s legal system and political structure
    African Political crisis and International Military aid
    African Diaspora’s Account of Social Dynamism, Acceptance Adaptation and Relevance.
    Brain drain and the Crisis of Development 
    Rejuvenating   African spirit of socialism
    AU and the Question of United States of Africa: Conditions for its Possibility.
    African’s Regional Integration as a Key to Political and Economic Independence.
    African Development Bank, as Africa’s Premier development finance institution, How far so far?
    Population, Pollution and Climate Change in African
    African Leaders and (non) accountability mentality 
    African Political Structure and the Culture of Affection
     Etc 

  AFRICAN RELIGION AND CULTURE
With focus on:
    African music: a tune to nature
    African mode of worship and God talk 
    African trado- medical care and global medical practices 
    Family life in Africa
    God and divinity in African Religion
    Foreign Religions in and for African Development
    The Feminist Movement and Africa’s Response
    Etc

AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
With focus on:
    African Economic Crisis and the Effects of International Donor Agencies
    Supporting African Micro Enterprise for African development 
    African Economy and Private Sector Initiatives
    African Climatic condition and the Possibilities of Alternative energy production
    China and Africa’s Bilateral relationship: Any Good News?
    African debt burden
 African Inter-Border Bilateral Relationship and the Effect of Smuggled Goods to African Economy
    Political Aid in Africa
    African and Sustainable Development Goals
    African’s Economic Option for the Poorer Nations.
    Building African Institutions for a Strong Economic Progress.
    African Economic development in the global economy.
    African Economy and the Growth Drivers’ Framework.
    Creative-destruction: Entrepreneurship amidst policy instability: Challenges and Prospects.
    From the Third to First World: Africa and Lessons from Singapore.
    Mapping African Agricultural Sector for Internally Generated Revenue 
    Development as Freedom: A New Paradigm for Africa’s Development. 
    Etc
                

  COMMUNICATION 
With Focus on:
    African traditional communication system for sustainable development and the globalized media.
    African Traditional and Modern Communication System
    Mass communication and African communication system for sustainable development.
    African films and theater studies in globalized culture
    Etc 

    LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES 
With Focus on:
    Treaties and their binding nature in Africa as a continent
    The effect of the unlawful acts of genocide in African countries
    The inherent right of African child
    Gender and girls child education in Africa
    African polygamous life as the basis of African social integration
    Gay marriage in African perspective
    Etc

  PHILOSOPHY
With Focus on:
    African philosophy and Academic reception
    African Philosophy as hermeneutic of Culture 
    The Self in African worldview
    African traditional Medicine
    Etc

We therefore invite scholars and students to contribute research papers in any or related above field of studies.  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.


THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE 


AIM
The aim of the conference is to give other voices to the story of African people, culture and religion and examine the ontological basis of African Communalism, exposing to the world Africa’s contribution to global development and the relevance of African’s opinion to global issues.
OBJECTIVES
1.    The conference is to provide an opportunity for young African scholars from the humanities, social sciences, legal studies, business administration, physical and natural sciences, agriculture, political science, and cultural studies to tell the African story from an African perspective in order to facilitate the social, political and economic transformation in Africa. 

2.    To discover and encourage young African intellectuals both as university lecturers, post-graduates, undergraduates and students in Secondary and College of education, to give their voices to the current global debates especially as they concern Africans and from an African perspective.

3.    To forge intellectual links among Young African intellectuals and policy makers, and activist within and outside Africa to meet up with the global demand and best practices as they match their area of specialization with regard to African development.


4.    To provide avenue for discussion on emerging issues related to Africa especially as they concern younger generation of Africans. The event will gather together both scholars and creative people from Africa to share and debate their ideas on the key themes that are shaping Africa’s development through a number of cultural and social lenses, including literature, arts, and the traditional disciplines. 

5.    To discover young African intellectuals and empower them adequately and encourage them to confidently and gladly give their opinion to the global debate from their area of specialization in line with African Traditional thought.

6.    To empower young African graduate lecturers at Universities and Colleges of education so that they can teach students with requisite historical knowledge, a highly developed sense of balance as well as considerable breadth and depth of knowledge of the local, national, African and international communities and environments.

My name is David Francis and the nature of my engagements include:

Philosophy (University of Jos, Nigeria); Researcher (St. Albert’s Institute, Fayit-Fadan, Kaduna, Nigeria); Editor (Sapientia African Leadership Formation Programme, e. V Address: Badenstedter Street, 99 30453, Hannover, Germany); Literature (S. E. M. S. Nassarawa State, Nigeria); Former Associate Editor, “Periscope Magazine,” Abuja and Columnist, “Seekers Delight Magazine,” Kaduna.

I simply try to question the ‘happy darkness’ by encouraging more hands to minimize ignorance. Just a dose of knowledge, is enough in training the mind, to conform to nothing except truth. Let’s ride this train together!

Send a message, or for inquiries to  francisaquaticus2@gmail.com

Submit your work (researches, stories, articles, etc)  here.

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