Project Title: 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

Washington, DC


Hosted by:

Howard University


Project Director and Chair of the Organization

Clément Akassi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and French

Director of Graduate Studies

                            Director of the Center of African and African Diaspora Studies

                                             Department of World Languages and Cultures


                                  Telephone number: (240) 481 3978

                                                       From abroad: 00 1 (240) 481 3978


Host committee

Dr. Clément Akassi, Project Director

Dr. James Davis, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures (Howard University)



Ms. Mesi Walton

Ms. Marie Palin



Mr.Timothy Thuku


Sponsored by

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Phelps Stokes: Programs for Latin America and Africa  

U.S. Department of State

Global Rights

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of World Languages and Cultures

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Official Hotel for Reservations

Washington Plaza Hotel


Scientific Committee

CLÉMENT ANIMAN AKASSI, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of World Languages and Cultures (Howard University) and Project Director


JUSTO BOLEKIA BOLEKA, Ph.D. Professor (Universidad de Salamanca/Spain)


JEROME BRANCHE, Ph.D. Associate Professor (University of Pittsburgh)


JAMES DAVIS, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures (Howard University)


MARCO POLO HERNANDEZ-CUEVAS, Ph.D. Associate Professor (North Carolina Central University)  


THEOPHILE KOUI, Ph.D. Professor (Université de Cocody-Abidjan/Ivory Coast)


VICTORIEN LAVOU ZOUNGBO, Ph.D. Professor (Université de Perpignan/France)


GERARDO MALONEY, Ph.D. Professor (Universidad de Panamá/Panamá)


WILFRID MIAMPIKA, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid/Spain)


WILLIAM MINA ARAGÓN, Ph.D. Associate Professor (Universidad del Valle, Calí/Colombia)


CLAUDIA MOSQUERA, Ph.D. Associate professor (Universidad Nacional de Bogotá/Colombia)


MAMADOU NDOYE, Ph.D. Professor (Université Check Anta Diop de Dakar/Senegal)


MBARE NGOM, Ph.D. Professor and Dean of College of Liberal Arts (Morgan State University)


DOROTHY ODARTEY-WELLINGTON, Ph.D. Professor (Guelph University/Canada)


SOSTHENE ONOMO ABENA, Ph.D. Pofessor (Université de Yaoundé I/Cameroon)


BENITA SAMPEDRO, Ph.D. Associate Professor (Hofstra University)


ELISA RIZO, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (Iowa State University)


ALDER SENIOR., Ph.D. Professor (Universidad de Costa Rica)


International Conference Projecct 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 on 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 their civil/human, political, social, economical rights, etc. Another 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.  



Paper, panel, workshop, videoconference proposals include, but are not limited to the following topics:  


* Gender and Diversity in Africa and Latin America

* Women and 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

* Black Right of Memories: history, music, literature, art, culinary, dance, religion, etc

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

* 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 Negritudes in Colombia: Model for Multiethnic Nations in Latin America?

* Right of Black Communitarism in Europe

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

* 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”

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

* Panafricanism

* 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 Diasporic Film and Literature

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



Languages of the International Conference

The principal 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.