AFRICA AT THE CROSSROADS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (AFRICA AT THE CROSSR)

Venue: JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

Location: HARRISONBURG, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 09, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 09, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 30, 2009
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Description

Africa has experienced a myriad of crossroads since contact with colonization. African women and men, scholars and resistors have fought for African freedom from colonial and imperial rule, and dictatorship. However, Africa seems to keep spinning in what donors and some scholars have called "Africa's problems". In this 21st Century, Africa is at crossroads once more with even more challenges, yet with record progress and development in education, political systems and leadership, cultural transformation, gender issues, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, scholarship, combating disease and many others, all of which are mapping and writing Africa in a new and radical way. What ways can be forged and what challenges face young scholars to take Africa out of the paradigmatic spin of "Africa's problems"?

We are seeking papers and panels that address the theme Africa at The Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here? By engaging challenging issues of 21st Century Africa, we seek to open a new direction for debate about Africa. We are especially interested in papers and panels from all disciplinary and creative angles that take into account the voices of Africans themselves and endeavor to find African solutions to African problems through the exploration of the future of African children, men and women, the elderly, scholarship, political participation, feminism, activism, human rights, epistemological and cultural archeology.

Send abstracts to muhonjbx@jmu.edu before 30th July 2009.

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