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Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3)

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Theme: "Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization"

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, Canada and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA are pleased to invite you to participate in the Third Biennial Conference, Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3)

Conference Date(s): August 20-, 21, 22 2014

Conference Site: Beautiful Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada

The 2014 interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for scholars and students from educational institutions from across the globe to share ideas on how to pool resources and to provide a synergy of knowledge, efforts, projects and programs in Africa and throughout the African world community that are designed to develop the intellectual, social, economic as well as cultural life opportunities of people of African heritage.

The conference will provide a platform to map out development strategies within and outside the frameworks of Africa's development instruments, such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Africa Union's Sixth Region Project, which is aimed at integrating people of African descent in the continent's development.

The hope is that the body of knowledge to be mobilized at the conference would be used by various levels of government, NGOs, CSOs in Canada and globally, not only to craft and implement policies relevant to Africa, but also form the basis of mobilizing and generating newer forms knowledge to address the continent's problems.

The interdisciplinary nature of the conference will facilitate the creation and sharing of knowledge across disciplines, helping participants to fill gaps in knowledge, and to borrow and adapt new and different perspectives from colleagues in other disciplines. For both scholars and participants from civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the conference will be an ideal forum for a cross-fertilization of praxis-based knowledge, where theory and practice will inform each other.

With its focus on issues concerning political economic development and underdevelopment, peace and security, governance and democracy, local and global social justice, scholars and activists will find the KNIC3 a welcome opportunity to explore, debate, share views, and even collaborate.

Also, it is hoped that there will be the exploring and mapping out of strategies for meaningful and substantive collaborative projects in the intellectual, political, economic, cultural and technological realms for the benefit of the people of African continent and its Sixth Region.

The inaugural African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in July 2003, announced a truly "historic" decision for the formal inclusion of Africans living in the Diaspora as the "Sixth Region" in the AU's organizational structure. According to the African Diaspora Association of Canada (ADAC) "this decision to open the door to the Diaspora is in part the recognition that today several hundred million African descendants now live in countries around the world. The decision also dramatically expands the reach of Africa into the power corridors of Washington, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere." (ADAC, 2011)

In fact, the ADAC further observed that "there are now more than 36 million citizens of African descent in North America alone, with a combined purchasing power of more than $450 billion per annum – a sum that if represented by a single country would make it one of the fifteen largest economies in the world. Africa is home to over one billion people. The economic and commercial potentials of the world's second largest continent are enormous. This fact points to the great opportunity and potential to link Canadian and African decision-makers and stakeholders through KNIC3 and initiatives to arise from the conference. It is envisioned that these initiatives will accrue enormous benefits to scholars, researchers, community-based organizations (GBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), government policy makers around the world.

The conference will further afford participants an opportunity to share research and ideas on the realities, challenges, and strategies of the Pan-African movement in the age of globalization, with a particular focus on ways of harnessing the intellectual, human, socio-cultural, and spiritual resources of people of African descent for the development of Africans everywhere. Finally, the conference will debate and share knowledge on the role and impact of globalization vis-a-vis African development and integration into the world economy.

As a sequel to, and building on, the very successful inaugural Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC) held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the summer of 2010 and the 2nd Biennial KNIC held at KNUST in the fall of 2012. KNIC3 takes off from where the first two conferences ended by seeking to mobilize cutting edge research and innovative ideas on African development within context of 21st century global trends.

KNIC3 invites submissions from international and Canadian scholars, graduate and undergraduate students in any Canadian and foreign institutions of higher learning, as well as members of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civic Society Organizations (NGOs and CSOs).

Plenary Themes and Topics:

  • Plenary themes and topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Africa and the Diaspora: Synergies, strategies, and solutions
  • African Union International: Integrating Africa's 6th Region  
  • Neo-liberalism and the Brain/Gain Debacle
  • The Black Atlantic and Pan-Africanism
  • Africa and its Diasporas: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • Brain-Drain/Gain : Tapping into the Brain Drain and Brain Gain
  • Brain Gain/Drain: Strategies, Synergies, and Solutions in the Intellectual and Academic Realm
  • Brain Gain/Drain: Strategies, Synergies, and Solutions in the Corporate World
  • The Brain/Gain Debate and the Globalization logic
  • The Brain/Gain Dilemma: Who Gains, Who Losses?
  • Green Politics: A Solution for the Brain Drain/Gain Debacle?
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems: A Solution for the Brain Drain/Gain Debacle?
  • Pan-Africanism and Globalization
  • Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century
  • Measuring Pan-Africanism
  • The political economy of African Integration
  • The geopolitics of Africa's North-South Divide
  • Governance, Democracy and Development in Africa
  • Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD):  Reassessment
  • The Imperative of African Integration
  • The New Scramble for Africa and the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China)
  • The ideology and geopolitics of the "phones": Lusophone, Francophone, Anglophone Africa vs. Africa-phone Africa
  • The United States of Africa or the Africa Nation
  • The Pan-African Congresses and Pan-Africanism
  • The European Union and the African Union
  • United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Africa’s Cycle of Poverty
  • China, the West, and Africa
  • Enforcers and barriers to inter-African engagement
  • Enforcers and barriers to Africa-Diaspora engagement
  • Perspectives on globalization and African development and underdevelopment
  • Global African unity in the age of globalization: strategies and tactics
  • Pan-Africanism: Historical, contemporary and future trajectories
  • Pan-Africanism: A reality or a pipedream?
  • Pan-Africanism and praxis: from theory to practice
  • Globalization and Africa's economic development
  • Globalization and Africa: a nirvana or a curse
  • Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Pan-Africanism
  • Obama, AFRICOM, and African Security; Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Globalization and Social Justice and Western interventions in Africa
  • The Communist Party of France and Francophone Africa
  • Africa and the West in the 21st century: Neo-liberal globalization or Neo-colonization
  • China and Africa: New engagement or new imperialism
  • Fifty years of the Organization of African Unity (African Union)
  • The spiritual and religious dimensions of pan-Africanism
  • Gender politics and pan-Africanism
  • The political economy of pan-Africanism
  • Economic Pan-Africanism
  • Pan-Africanism and paxAfricana
  • Pan-Africanism or Pan-Africanisms?
  • Cultural Pan-Africanism
  • Whose Pan-Africanism?
  • Global Africa and the Politics of Ex/inclusion
  • The Neo-Liberal Agenda versus the Pan-Africanist Agenda
  • The Black/African Left
  • The Black/African Right, Pan-Africanism and Globalization
  • Does Age Matter?: 21st Century Pan-Africanism and the Youth
  • Does Gender Matter? : 21st Century Pan-Africanism and Women
  • Does Class Matter? Who rules; who is ruled: 21st century Pan-Africanism and Power politics
  • Does Race Matter? Race, Colour, and Pan-Africanism
  • African development: Resource curse of leadership curse?
  • Corruption Inc. Kletocracy and African governance

Paper Abstract Submission

Abstracts of approximately 250 words for papers of 20 minutes' delivery duration—coupled with 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, knic@kpu.ca no later than March 15, 2014, final notification of selection to be communicated by April 30, 2014.

Although efforts are being made to secure some funding for the encouragement and assistance of participation by scholars from outside North America and Europe -- especially young scholars -- the organizers are unable, at this time, to offer financial support. Therefore, as of now, participants are responsible for their own expenses until later notified otherwise. Participants from countries requiring a visa to enter Canada must make arrangements to secure them before they travel to Canada.

For More Information, Contact

Dr. Charles Quist-Adade
Chairperson, Department of Sociology,
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
V3W 2M8, Canada
E-mail: charles.quist-adade@kpu.ca
Telephone: 604.599.3079