Call For Papers: The University of Calabar and the New York African Studies Association Conference 2023

The University of Calabar and the New York African Studies Association invite interested candidates to an international conference on the theme: ‘Decolonizing Global Hegemonies in Africa and the African Diaspora

The decolonization process of the mid-twentieth century was spurred on by decades of anticolonial rebellion throughout Africa and the diaspora. Yet, the nature, temporality, and consequences of decolonization remain contested. The tragic loss of human lives, the erosion of indigenous cultures, religions, and languages, along with the depletion of natural resources have continued well beyond the period of decolonization.

In fact, independent nations on the African continent and in the diaspora continue to contend with the hegemonic presence of former imperial powers as well as newer economic and resource-hungry global powers such as China and the United States. Efforts to denounce these global hegemonies and regain control of the land, politics, economy, language, and history of the African continent and its diasporas often go unnoticed in Western media, and in Western classrooms.

In contrast, this conference, jointly organized by the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) and the University of Calabar, Nigeria aims to create dialogues and encourage exchanges between scholars, teachers, students, and community members, around the question of global hegemonies in Africa and the African diaspora, and the various ways in which their influence has been and continues to be addressed and combated.

To that end, the University invites papers that examine the continuing decolonization of global hegemonies in Africa and the African diaspora in conjunction with questions of sources and methods, knowledge production, migration, health, labor, gender and sexuality, performing and visual arts, religion, and spirituality, artifacts and museums, civic society, mental health and trauma, information technologies, economy, social sciences, pan-African youth mobilization, equity and integration in higher education, political engagement, environmental studies, and architecture.

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Submission Guideline

The following guidelines apply in Submitting to The University of Calabar and the New York African Studies Association Conference:

  • Abstracts should be between 250 to 350 words.
  • Participants should submit only one paper abstract.
  • Papers must have a maximum of two presenters
  • Roundtables and panels may have up to 6 participants.

All abstracts should be emailed to nyasacalabar@gmail.com.

Submission Deadline: January 27, 2023.

For more information on The University of Calabar and the New York African Studies Association Conference, visit theĀ official site.

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