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JUNE 24-26 2015

Organised by the association "African Women Leadership Colloquium" (AWLC) in partnership with:
  • Department of History of University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon)
  • Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (FSJP) of the University of Dschang (Cameroon)
  • Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI)-University of South Africa (UNISA) (South Africa)
  • Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership" (TGSL)-University of Limpopo (South Africa)
Colloquium on the leadership of women in Africa and in Diaspora

The Colloquium, with its international orientation is an occasion that gathers around the same table theoreticians, experts and civil society actors, particularly those involved in the promotion of women leadership. This comes as a need enshrined in AU's vision 2063 for the realisation of the idea of the African Renaissance. The Colloquium will be held bi-annually to ensure a productive chain of thinking, and to enable a long standing pattern of development policies, programmes and projects of the African continent, in response to the increasing involvement of women and girls both in the African continent and those in the Diaspora.


Gender transformation has remained the weakest link in the drive for continental unity and African Renaissance partly because of a global power matrix that is marked by hierarchies on the basis of race, gender, religion, class and so forth, and partly because of what Patricia MacFadden describes as a deeply patriarchal orientation in modern African nationalism. There has been a number of efforts forged towards the improvement of the condition of women in Africa. These efforts have come from International organisations, regional organisations, non-governmental organisations and even states themselves. At that very same breath an argument has been submitted that these efforts are insufficient for the improvement of the women's conditions in Africa. It is against this background that a call for submission of abstracts is made to academics and non-academics working in areas of women development.

Broad Themes for Abstract submission
  • The socio-economic condition of African women in the 21st century
  • The intersection of gender, race and class in African societies
  • The intersection of African culture and Women emancipation
  • What is the meaning of development in African women from rural areas?
  • Vision 2063 and the space for gender and development
Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit an abstract for individual paper proposal or a brief outline for panel proposals.

Authors are kindly requested to submit abstract of about 300 words falling under any one of the above-listed colloquium themes.

Submission must be done by no later than the 20th of April 2015. The abstract submitted will be reviewed by the Colloquium Scientific committee, a team of international experts, and if your abstract is accepted, you will be notified before 30th of April 2015.

Abstract Submission deadline is 30th of May 2015

Any enquiries may be directed to:

Regular updates on the Colloquium will be made available on: http://www.africanwomenlead.org  

Call for Papers

Reflections on the Global Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston on the Occasion of Her 125th Birthday

January 7, 2016, will mark Zora Neale Hurston's 125th birthday.  To commemorate this milestone, The Association to Preseve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), presenter of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) will sponsor, along with local, regional, and national partners, a yearlong series of special programs.

Humanities scholars are invited to submit papers for the 2016 ZORA! Festival, January 23-31.  The Festival theme will be "Reflections on the Global Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston on the Occasion of Her 125th Birthday."

Hurston's legacy is a phenomenon that has undergone a remarkable development and expansion in recent decades, embracing topics, such as ethnic identity, social interactions, feminist theory, and cultural continuity.  Hurston's unique insights into folklore, performance, and creative expression have invited new interpretations and inspired emulation, while the corpus of her own work has grown as a result of research and discovery.

The ZORA! National Planners welcome papers exploring the dynamic dimensions of the Hurston legacy from theoretical and/or historical perspectives and will be especially attentive to appropriate consideration of past, present, and emerging scholarly content.

In the tradition of academic excellence, scholars are encouraged to engage the literature and discourse of their respective fields; at the same time, they will present their findings during the Public Forum in a form that is accessible to academics in other disciplines and is also intellectually stimulating for an intelligent general audience.

For more information about the ZORA! Festival, please visit the web site at http://www.zoranealehurstonfestival.com/

Submission Instructions

Please submit a detailed abstract in English of 300-500 words that indicates the thesis, which you plan to explore, as well as an idea of the theoretical framework within which your findings will be considered.  Please also include a brief bio of 50-75 words.

Deadlines and Notification

Your abstract is due June 1, 2015.  You will receive notification of the decision on
July 1, 2015.  Accepted papers in full form are due by November 30, 2015.

The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community will pursue a publication of the papers post-ZORA! Festival 2016.

Submission Addresses

Please submit the abstract and brief bio to both of the following email addresses: ny@preserveeatonville.org and office@preserveeatonville.org

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