2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah international conference (knic2), September 21-24, 2012.
|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Jan, 2012 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 9|
Jointly Organized by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Of Canada)
Venue: The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, Canada, invite you to participate in the 2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference at the beautiful campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
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Theme: "Africa's Many Divides and Africa's Future"
"If in the past the Sahara divided us, now it unites us." Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared some fifty years ago. Keenly aware of Africa's many artificial divides, Nkrumah was determined to lead a revolution that would bridge those divides. One way to achieve this goal, Nkrumah proposed, was a continental pan-African government, which would provide the African people the opportunity to pool and marshal their enormous real and potential economic, human and natural resources for the optimal development of their continent. A continental union government, Nkrumah was convinced, would ensure that Africa ended the divisions created by the trilogy of enslavement, colonization and neo-colonization of Africans. Nkrumah was concerned by other divisions as well; those created by time/history, nature and above all those created by Africans themselves, such as ethnic/ racial, and religious discrimination, classism, sexism, ageism, as well as atavistic and backward traditional practices, including 'tribalism' and patriarchy. Nkrumah had long predicted that unless Africans formed a political and economic union to address the continent's acute problems, the raging 'revolutions' in the north of the continent, religious, and ethnic strife and civil wars in other parts of Africa were inevitable. He warned that unless urgent steps were taken to bridge Africa's divides, Africans would be warring among themselves as their detractors and neo-colonialists hide behind the scene pulling "vicious wires" to cut "each other's throats." For him, these upheavals are all masked economic "wars." In other words, these wars and unrests are struggles over scarce economic resources and scrambles to control political power. Religion and "tribalism" are mere fronts for deep-seated grievances over economic deprivation.
Topics to be discussed include, (but not limited to) the following:
The Northern Africa-Southern Africa Divide
The Linguistic Divide
The Class Divide
The Ethnic Divide
The Ideological-Political Divide
The Gender and Sexuality Divides
The Generational Divide
The Religious Divides
The Rural-Urban Divide
The Afro-Pessimism-Afro-Optimism Divide
The Continental Africa-Diaspora Africa Divide
The Intellectual-Non-intellectual Divide
The Elitism-Non-Elitism Divide
The Global South-Global North Divide
The Cold War Ideological Divide (the Soviet-East-American-West) Divide
The Post-Cold War Divide (s)
The Slaver-Raiders/Sellers and the Enslaved Divide
The Rhetoric (Theory)/Action (Practice) Divide
Paper Abstract Submission
Abstracts of approximately 250 words for papers of 20 minutes duration, and suggestions of panels consisting of 3 panelists each are welcome and should be e-mailed, with a short bio-note (50 words) contact address, and one to three keywords related to the area of research to Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, email@example.com no later than February 15, 2012, final notification of selection to be communicated by March 30, 2012.
For More Information, Contact
Charles Quist-Adade, PhD
Department of Sociology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
V3W 2M8, Canada
Conference website: http://www.kwantlen.ca/knic/
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