Call for papers


International Conference: “Africa and people of African Descent: Issues and Actions to (Re)-Envision the Future”


Congreso Internacional: “África y Pueblos de Ascendencia Africana: Problemáticas Actuales y Acciones para (Re)negociar el Futuro”

September 14-16, 2011


Host Institution: Howard University

Washington, DC (USA)


Date for Submission of Abstracts: May 2 – June 30, 2011

Fecha Límite para Envío de Resúmenes: 2 de Mayo – 30 de Junio de 2011


International Conference Theme Description

In its resolution 64/169, the General Assembly has proclaimed the year beginning on January 1st,   2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, with a view to strengthening national actions, regional and international cooperation for the benefit of People of African Descent in relation to their participation and integration in all aspects of society.


Following both the UN recommendation and the leading vision of Howard University and the Department of World Languages and Cultures on promoting research in Africa and African Diaspora languages, cultures and Civil/Human Rights, the organization of the interdisciplinary International Conference: “Africa and People of African Descent: Issues and Actions to (Re)-envision the Future” aims to invite academic, scholars, journalists, writers, youth and community leaders, NGOs, artists, play writers, etc. to promote a greater knowledge and respect for the diverse African heritage and culture of People of African Descent; to expose the struggling for the recognition of their African memories (history, literature, art, music, dance, culinary, religion, etc.) and their participation in political, economic, social and cultural aspects of their respective nations. The interdisciplinary International Conference will attempt to address also the national resistance or national silence opposed to the struggle of marginalized People of Africa and African Descent for their rights of land and for their civil/human, political, social, economical rights, etc. Moreover, one of the critical objectives of the Conference is to make possible both, the connection between Africa and the African Diaspora in Europe and the Americas (Latin America and, eventually, Canada and USA) and identify (shared) actions to re-envision their futures. Ultimately, all the presentations at the International Conference will be assembled, edited and published. 


Please send panel, workshop and individual paper abstracts as a word document or PDF attachments by the deadline (June 30, 2011) to:

Clement Akassi, Ph.D.
Project Director
International Conference Chair & Organizer
Department of World Languages & Cultures
Howard University"

The email must include:

  ● Name

      ● Affiliation

                                ● Complete Mailing Address

    ● Country

        ● Telephone

● Email


If proposing a workshop or panel, please include also:

                 ● Workshop Chair 

                                                                                                     ● Workshop Title

                           ● Workshop Presenter(s)

          ● Panel Chair

        ● Panel Title

                                                    ● Panel Members, Affiliations, Paper Titles


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

* Gender and Diversity in Africa and Latin America

* Women Rights in Africa and Latin America

* “People of Color” and Poverty in Brazil

* Role of African and African Diaspora Youth in the Global Community

* Public Policy, Power and Media Freedom in Africa

* Teaching Black Memories and History in Africa, Latin America, Europe and USA

* Post-Colonial Composition Pedagogy For Marginalized Students in USA, Africa, Latin America, Asia, and/or Europe

* Black Rights of Memory: history, music, literature, art, culinary, dance, religion, etc,

* Ethnicity, National Cultures and Citizenship in Africa and Latin America

* Literature and Politics: Black Voice and Black Vote in South Africa, Latin America, and USA

* Role of NGOs for Change in Judiciary System and Public Policy in Africa and Latin America

* Role of Afro-Leaders in Latin America

* Law 70 of Negritude and Multi-ethnic Nation in Colombia (and in Latin America)

* Race and Revolution in Cuba

* Right of Black Communitarianism in Europe

* African Immigration Through Media, Film and Laws in Latin America, Europe and Canada

* Issues of African Immigrants in the District of Columbia: Education, Public Health, Social Services, Employment

* Issues of Afro-Latinos in the District of Columbia: Education, Public Health, Social Services, Employment

* Haitian Creole: African Linguistic Heritage and Language of Resistance and Freedom

* Theories of Feminism in “People of Color” Discourses

* Race, Migrations and New Identities in Latin America and Europe: “Afoantillanos,” “Afrolimonenses,” and “Afro-Europeans”

* Public Policy for African and Afro-Spanish in Spain

* Black Representations through Popular Languages, Comic, Art and Film in Latin America, Europe, Canada and USA

* Pan africanism

* African Religions in Latin America (Candomble, Santería and Vaudou): Symbols of Rejection, Integration or Freedom?

* Land’s Policy and Recognition of Rights in the “Bateys” (Dominican Republic) and in Colombia

* Post-colonial Discourses and Renegotiations of Black Identities: Hispanophone, Francophone, Lusophone Areas

* Post-Colonial Images of Women in African and African Diaspora Film and Literature

* Oil, Nation, History and Human/Civil Rights in Equatorial Guinean Discourses: literature, art, politics, Civil Society, NGOs, etc.


Languages of the International Conference

The primary languages will be Spanish and English. But since the “official languages” spoken by People of Africa and African Diaspora are mainly romance languages, presentations in Portuguese and French will be accepted also.