CALL FOR PAPERS
JOURNAL OF AFRICAN UNION STUDIES, VOLUME 2, NO.1-2, 2013
Critical Reflections on the OAUís 50th Anniversary Commemoration and the AU Agenda Towards 2063
Call for Papers Date:
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). It will also be a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union (AU), which seeks to promote ďan integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arenaĒ. Consequently, the Heads of State declared the year 2013 the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. The 21st Ordinary Session of the Summit of the AU will also take place from 19- 27th May 2013 under the theme ďPan Africanism and African RenaissanceĒ.
As declared by the AU the anniversary is expected to facilitate and celebrate African narratives of past, present and future that will enthuse and energize the African population and use their constructive energy to accelerate a forward looking agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st century. It provides a unique opportunity, and comes at a moment when Africa is on the rise, and must therefore build its confidence in its future. The 50th Anniversary commemorations will be anchored by the Theme Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.
It is therefore an opportune time to cast a critical reflection on the organisationís past successes and failures, its present challenges and an uncertain future as the AU commences planning for the next 50 years- towards 2063. An important overarching theme this issue will attempt to explore is whether the AU truly is a continental organization whose time has come, or whether ominous signs are already emerging that reflects an organization in danger of further being marginalized in critical realms, potentially receding into the background on important debates and becoming irrelevant yet again as a force for good on the African continent.
For this purpose, the editor, Gerrie Swart and managing editor, Sadiki Koko, of the Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS), call for papers focusing on any of the following important themes, namely:
Reflections on the Pivotal and Defining Moments of the OAU and AU
The project of One Africa and African Integration: Towards Finalization or New Fault Lines?
Promoting Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance- The AU track-record thus far
The Place of African Civil Society in the AUís Envisioned future agenda
International and Continental Perceptions of the AU: Renewed Afro-pessimism or Invigorated Afro-Optimism?
The importance of African Leadership- Lessons from the OAU and AU
Africaís Economic Growth and Development: Identifying Pan-African Development Priorities and Goals
The AUís Achievements in Empowering Women
Generation Next: The AU and Youth Empowerment
The AU Commissionís role in the next decade
The Pan-African Parliament: Reflections on its Future Role
The AUís Progress and Achievements in the realm of peace and security
The AUís posture of non-indifference- a clarion call answered or hollow rhetoric?
ĎAfrican Solutions to African Problemsí- The track-record to date
External Intervention on the African Continent: The AU Position after Libya and Mali
The Envisioned African Standby Force: An Incomplete, Failed Initiative?
The 55th AU Member: Reflections on Moroccoís Aspirations to AU Membership
A ĎBrandí New Continent: Reflections on the AUís Promotion of the African brand and African Pride and Identity
The AUís new Strategic Plan: Critical Reflections on Priority Areas
The AUís Agenda 2063
The Editors encourage original contributions from any of the above-mentioned themes identified. Papers already published elsewhere or simultaneously under consideration at another journal will not be considered for publication. Certain themes (where applicable, relevant and viable) may also be combined into one article. Authors must not exceed the stated length requirements (please see guidelines for authors below).
Original contributions, which will be subjected to double blind peer review, should strictly comply with the Journalís Guidelines for Authors (below) and should be submitted to the Editor, Gerrie Swart by the deadline of 30 June 2013 via firstname.lastname@example.org
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