Call for papers


 International Conference

Pan-Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future)

Howard University

                                                                                                                                     Blackburn Center
                                                                                                                                    November 4-6, 2015

 Deadline to Submit Proposals: July 15, 2015

             In its resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.) proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent commencing 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024. The decade aims to strengthen the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African descent, and adopt national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination, and to ensure their full and effective implementation.

            In this context, a second International Conference, “Pan-Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future)”  (November 4-6, 2015) is being organized at Howard University to lead the forthcoming global activities regarding the U.N. recommendations and objectives. The first academic meeting at Howard University was an echo of the International Year for People of African descent proclaimed also by the U.N. in 2011.

The organization of this International Conference is intented to contribute not only to the reconstruction of the bond between Africans and African Diaspora but also to the defragmentation of the memory of the scattered Africa and Africans caused by the slavery, colonization and (im)migration. Because, although an early Pan-Africanism and Negritude had strongly advocated for the pride of the cultural heritage, history, unity and empowerment of Africans and African Diaspora; although the music (i.e. jazz, blues, reggae, rumba, salsa, hip hop, rap, etc.), the language (creole, palenquero, etc.), the religion (vaudou, candomblé, santería,  etc.), the food (malanga, fufu, gombo, etc.) and the (im)migration are today critical factors of relations between Africans and African Diaspora, many adverse challenges continue to pave the ways of their unity and empowerment.

Participants of all continents and all disciplines are encouraged to submit their proposals and foster in general the reflections –but not limited to- on what critical role the early Pan-Africanism, Negritude and Negrismo played on the dialogues between Africans and African Diaspora and in their empowerment; how to (re)negotiate both, the reconstruction of the scattered identities and the defragmentation of memories, and how to enhance unity and empowerment today; finally, what visions and key elements can be recommended to overcome the actual challenges, and what mechanisms to realize such a recommendations. Academics, scholars, graduate students, journalists, fiction and non-fiction authors/writers, playwrights, filmmakers, educators, translators and interpreters, artists, publishers, community and movement leaders, civil right activists, NGO’s  leaders, youth, etc. are, therefore, invited to submit individual paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, play, film screening and discussion, etc. At the end of the International Conference, the Scientific Committee will edit and publish a book of selected proceedings.


Send panel, workshop, roundtable, and individual paper abstracts as a word document or pdf attachments to:

Clément Animan Akassi, Ph.D.

Host Committee and Program Chair

Department of World Languages & Cultures

Howard University


Submission Guidelines

Languages of the International Conference:

The presentations will be mainly in English and Spanish. However, presentations in French and Portuguese will be welcome.


  • Panel/Roundtable title and abstract (no more than 150 words)
  •  Presenters and discussant/respondent/chair name(s), institutional affiliation, position/title
  • Individual paper titles and abstracts (no more than 150 words)



  • Title and abstract (no more than 150 words)
  • Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation, position/title


  • Name, institutional affiliation, position/title
  • Individual paper titles and abstracts (no more than 150 words)

Paper, panel, roundtable, workshop proposals may include -but are not limited to- the following sub-themes: 

  • Revisiting the Genealogy of Pan-African Thoughts
  • Role of the Pan-Africanism, Negritude and Negrismo on the Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora
  • The Francophonie on the Construction of Pan-African and Negritude Thoughts: Contributions of Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Léon Gontran Damas, Dany Laferrière, Patrice Lumumba, Sékou Touré, Thomas Sankara, etc.
  • African and African Diaspora Cultural Production in Spanish (Literature, Art, Film, etc.) as Location of Pan-African Cultures, Issues and Identities
  • W.E.B. DuBois, Maya Angelou, Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-Africanism
  • Manuel Zapata Olivella, Léopold Sédar Senghor and the Negritude Movement 
  • Langston Hughes, Nicolás Guillén and the Movements of Harlem Renaissance and Negrismo
  • Jean Price Mars and the Africanization of Haitian Thoughts
  • Haitian Diaspora in the Education of African Elite
  • Haitian Revolution in African and African Diaspora Thoughts, Literature, Art and Film
  • Frantz Fanon and the Bound of Resistance, Memory and Solidarity with Africa
  • Negritude and Contacts with Africa in Aimé Césaire’s Thoughts and Works
  • The Thoughts of Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire on Achille Mbembe’s  Postcolonial Theory
  • Pan-African Thoughts, Works and Activism of Abdias Do Nascimento
  • The “International Negritude” to Decolonize the Imaginary
  • Revisiting the Genealogy of Thoughts on African Diaspora
  • Joseph Harris and the Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora
  • Molefi Kete Ashante and the Thought of Afrocentricity
  • Manuel Zapata Olivella and the Unifying African Philosophy of Muntu
  • Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora through African Religions in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora through African Culinary Art in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Reggae, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rap, Rumba, Samba, Salsa as Pan-African Music of Resistance
  • Vaudou, Candomblé and Santería as African Religions of Liberation and Resistance for African Diaspora
  • African American Civil Right Movements in the Formation of African Diaspora Movements in Europe, Latin America, Canada, Caribbean, and the South Pacific
  • Alicia Walker’s Womanism and the African Women’s Representations of Feminism
  • Impact of Negritude on the African Diaspora Movements in the South Pacific
  • (Im)Migrations, Contacts and New Pan-African Movements of Resistance in Europe, Latin America, U.S., and Canada
  • (Im)Migrations, Contacts and Pan-African Issues in the African and African Diaspora Cultural Production (Literature, Art, Film, etc.)
  • The Challenges of Renegotiating the Bound of Afrocentricity within a Scattered Identities and Fragmented Memories
  • The Challenging Roles of the African and African Diaspora Women as Agents of Resistance and Reconstruction of Memory
  • Naming African Diaspora in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, South Pacific and the Challenges of Self-Identity, Unity and Empowerment
  • Re-Envisioning the Future to Reconstruct the Unity, Strengthen the Economic, Social, Political, Civil and Cultural Rights and Empower Africans and African Diaspora
  • Enhancing Mutual Circulation/Relationship between African and African Diaspora knowledge, Thought/Philosophy and Creation through Translations
  • Strengthening Unity between Africans and African Diaspora through African Lingua Franca(s) or Creolization