The African Activists Association (AAA) and Ufahamu at UCLA
Call For Papers
“Africa’s Place in the World”
A multi-disciplinary Graduate Conference
April 29 & 30, 2005
University of California Los Angeles
Under the sub-themes listed below, the conference aims to bring together graduate students across disciplines on issues concerning Africa in the past, present and future.
African Contributions to the World: Most accounts of Africa have highlighted the external forces that affect the continent and its cultures. This sub-theme aims to reverse the trend by focusing instead on Africa’s contributions to the global community. Issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, globalization and the global economy, the African Diaspora, philosophical and cultural ideas.
African Dynamics of Change: Africa has historically been portrayed in a negative light in Western media and public opinion. We invite presenters to assess the concept of progress in an African geographical and temporal context and tackle Western stereotypes about the continent.
Obstacles to African Development: There are internal and external factors that affected Africa’s potential for development. Under this sub-theme presenters will address these issues and their interaction; for example, corruption, politico-economic systems, infrastructure, health issues, globalization, etc.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 20, 2005
Guidelines for submissions: Graduate students should submit a copy of an abstract not exceeding 300 words in Microsoft word format via e-mail by the January 15, 2005 deadline. The submissions should include contact information: name, mailing address, telephone number, university, department, and e-mail address. Successful papers will be published in Ufahamu, and each presenter will submit the full paper for publication no later than a month after notification that his/her paper has been approved for presentation.
Eligibility: Presenters should be graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Papers on ALL TOPICS filling with the above themes in ALL DISCIPLINES will be considered. Faculty members are invited to serve as panel chairs and discussants.
Att. African Activist Association
The James S. Coleman African Studies Center
University of California at Los Angeles
10244 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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