From September 10-12, 2007, the Steve Biko Foundation will host a conference to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Bantu Stephen Biko at the University of Cape Town. Biko was murdered at the tender age of 30 by South Africa’s apartheid regime; yet, despite his youth, Biko’s dynamic leadership and articulation of Black Consciousness continue to resonate 30 years after his death. Accordingly dubbed Biko 30:30, the Foundation seeks to utilize the 30th anniversary commemoration to examine the historic role of Black Consciousness in Africa and the Diaspora, as well as its relevance in formulating Africa’s current developmental agenda.
Consciousness, Agency & the African Development Agenda will focus on five disciplines that are of seminal importance to black communities worldwide, namely:
Arts, Culture and African Identity i.e Popular Culture and its Impact on Identity, Arts & Culture as a Developmental Tool, and Culture & Commerce.
Economic Equality and Opportunity i.e. Economic Empowerment, Land Reform, Poverty & Unemployment, and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development.
Media and Perceptions of Africa i.e. Representations of Africa in the Media, The Role of Media in African Development, and What Informs the Mandate of African Media?
Political Freedom and the Leadership Challenge i.e. The African Renaissance, The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and The Pan African Parliament.
Spirituality i.e. Spirituality and identity in Africa and the Diaspora, The Politics of Spirituality in Africa, and Spirituality and Economics.
Submissions must be original and previously unpublished
Papers should not exceed 20 pages
Submissions should be in English
Papers must be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors should provide full contact details and a biographical summary
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