2nd Annual Towards an Africa without Borders Conference (TAWBII)

Venue: Madison, Wisconsin

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 08, 2004 End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Jul 29, 2004
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Anticipated keynote speakers: Wole Soyinka, Sonia Sanchez and Heena Brahmbhatt

The organizing committee for TAWB II invites papers and colloquia from activists and scholars from all disciplines and professions on the topics of TRANSFORMATION and GUIDEPOSTS in Africa and Diaspora. Our vision for TAWB II is to host a forum for a discussion leading to ACTION that will be centered on (but not limited to) the following core questions:

1) How do those of us working for change in Africa and its Diaspora imagine Transformation? How has progress/advancement been identified historically? What are some existing examples of guideposts? What has been achieved?

2) The Ties that Bind - In what ways do the issues that Africans face differ from the issues that African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora face in achieving goals towards 'progress'? Which issues are shared? How can we build a common platform and on what issues should it be based?

3) How 'Pan' is Pan-Africanism? Is Pan-Africanism inclusive of Northern Africa?

4) How has African feminism fared in Pan-Africanist theory and action?

5) Fanon, Nkrumah, Cabral etc. and the cause for African independence: What is the future of African radical theory?

6) Progress in fighting the AIDS pandemic: What are the issues? What has been achieved? What more needs to be done?

7) Africa and the War on Terror: Whose war? Whose terrorists?

8) Africa via Haiti: 200 years between empires?

9) Refugees and immigration: What role for Pan-Africanism?

The above questions meant to raise discussion leading to action may also be narrowed to topics relevant to Pan-Africanism such as:

(i) Non-governmental Organizations: Agents of Change or neocolonialism? (ii) Regional Cooperative Efforts (such as the AU, NEPAD and the EAU): Progress or forbearance? (iii) Globalization: Are there alternative globalizations? (iv) IMF/World Bank and the anti-globalization movement: What role for the African activist? (v) The future of change in Africa and Pan-Africanism/African unification – pragmatics (vi) Latin American and African connections in political struggle (vii) The Congo and Pan Africanism (viii) Rwanda – When is never again never again? (ix) Palestine/Israel: What does it mean to the political activist in Africa and Diaspora? (x) The African writer, language and African unity (xi) South Africa: Betrayal or Fulfillment? (xiii) Africa and the Middle East (xiv) Naming: Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa… (xv) North Africa in relation to Sub-Sahara Africa

Submission of abstracts: Abstracts should be limited to 250 words, and should include the author's name, title, affiliation, and full address (including telephone, fax, and e-mail). If abstracts are submitted by e-mail, attachments should be in Microsoft Word (.doc). The deadline for abstract submission is May 10th, 2004. (If you are sending in your abstract from outside the United States, please consider your country’s visa application turn around and adjust the deadline accordingly).

The abstracts can be sent to the following address:

Towards an Africa without Borders
Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1414 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53715
or to the following e-mail addresses:
mwngugi@wisc.edu or jwmagua@wisc.edu

For additional information, please contact Mukoma Wa Ngugi at 608-262-8462 or visit our website at http://african.lss.wisc.edu/AWB


227 N. Randall Avenue
United States

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The event is free and open to the public. However we require registration so as to keep a tab on the numbers attending for event venue allocations, hotel room reservations etc. So please register.