Introducing: The first edition of the interdisciplinary Pan-African annual conference
Theme for 2018: Creatively Being African in the 21st century
Purpose: The conference aims to bring together students, researchers, NGOs, companies, innovators, artists etc who identify with Africa and Africanness. The purpose is to provide a platform for sharing the unique experiences of Africa, as broadly defined. FACE will enable connections and networking across various disciplines and professions as well as creation of opportunities where none exist.
The Pan-African Vision: Pan-Africanism is the belief that African peoples, both on the African continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny. This sense of interconnected pasts and futures has now taken many forms, but was initially focused on the creation of political institutions. Pan-Africanists believe that all black people are bound together and can only achieve true liberty in unity. The Pan-African movement, which began in the 19th century, aimed at ending colonialism and slavery. It should now be taken to its logical conclusion. Freedom. In all its fulness. In everything.
One example of a new form of Pan-Africanism is Tony Elumelu’s Africapitalism. This is defined as the positive role the private sector must play in Africa by making long-term investments in strategic sectors of the economy in a way that creates and multiplies local value to accelerate and broaden prosperity throughout the continent and around the world. Africapitalism calls for a new kind of capitalism – a version in which Africa leapfrogs other models, creating a more broad-based and sustainable economy. An economy that is true to the needs of Africa(ns).
Decolonisation of knowledge also informs new waves of Pan-Africanism. Accurate study of Africa (and blackness) is central to examining how anti-black systems rise and fall on the same ideologies. Therefore, we need new ways of interpreting the Pan-African experience within all sectors of education. New ways of researching our lived experience; new ways of implementing research. Decolonisation of knowledge involves the de-hierarchization of knowledge. It involves acknowledging and confronting the hierarchies and exclusivities upon which we have built our world(s). Including some people. Excluding others.
We may individually be able to recognise anti-Blackness, but no one can dismantle it alone. Pan-Africanism is continuous work and hope and work and hope. We often do not realise that we have been pushed off into silos. But we should be lighthouses. It is important that we be lighthouses. Important that we shine together. It is important that we seek to end negativity rather than just examine it. Together.
Long live Africa.
Long live her people.
Wherever we are.
Programme of Events
In the days preceding the conference, there will be smaller events which will include, poetry readings, open mic for music and comedy, and reading groups. The Ccnference itself will include Panels, Workshops and Discussions surrounding African identity, Pan-Africanism, history and memory, the ups and downs of researching Africa, identifying and preserving African knowledges, representation of Africa, Africa as metaphor for development, the impact of climate change etc. These discussions will be facilitated by academics, researchers and practitioners.
A networking event will feature companies and organisations who work in Africa or whose work centres on Africa. There will be the opportunity to network, discuss and further careers in Africa.
A major part of the conference is the Innovation and Enterprise Award for students. Watch this space for more information on this.
There will also be stalls for books, African attire and other cultural goods throughout the event. Throughout the event there will be various forms of African entertainment.
The event will conclude with an African dinner.
If you want to know more about the conference, enquire about stall availability, enquire about the prizes or presenting a paper at one of the panels email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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