The African predicament comprises of problems, processes and issues that engender desperate human conditions in Africa. This includes sub-par performance at socio-economic, political, and technological levels that bring about lack of development. Why is africa an exception to the typical process of development observed in other continents? What is failing Africa? Nature? Nurture? World Order? Multilingualism? Cultural diversity? How is African predicament portrayed in the literature? What are the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for discussing the African predicament? What is, if any, the colonialist foundation of the African predicament? How can Africa move from information society to knowledge society? We are also interested in papers examining, but not limited, to the following issues:
* The blueprint for development in Africa
* The role of external actors in resolving the African predicament
* Wars and conflicts in Africa
* Secularity and religiosity tangle
* Anti-corruption crusade
* Migration/Brain drain
* Internal displacement
* Human Trafficking
* Gender Imbalance
* Female Genital Mutilation
Hosted by Africa Berlin International Conference, an affiliate of Mediateam IT Education Center, Berlin, the conference will address primarily and exclusively the African predicament with the aim of assessing the prospects of overcoming it. It comprises of the discussion of talks and papers and provides participants, drawn from broad geographical and academic spectrum, an ample opportunity for intectual exchange. Graduate students working on issues related to africa are encouraged to participate.
Intending participants can apply by sending in their paper proposals on or before April 30th, 2009. These should not be more than a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. Completed papers must be submitted before August 30th, 2009. Abstracts and full papers must be submitted by eletronic mail to email@example.com
Submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geograhical location. additionally, selected papers will be published in book form.
The conference is from 29th to 31st October, 2009
Tony Agwuele, Ph.D.
Institute for Philosophy
University of Leipzig,
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