April 4, 2016
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Founded 1969

In Collaboration with the Ronald Walters Leadership
& Policy Center, Howard University

Annual Conference

November 3-5, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Submission Deadline - June 15th 2016

Social Activism in Pan African communities has historically been informed by our scholars.  Frederick Douglas set the mark in the indefatigable fight against slavery and for the rights of women; W.E.B. Du Bois' scholarship and activism laid down markers against colonialism and imperialism; Ida B. Wells' research, writing and activism informed the world about lynching; and across the globe many other African descendants have distinguished themselves as scholar-activists in the struggle for human rights, justice, education and freedom, including Franz Fanon, Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Nelson Mandela,, Kwame Nkrumah, Angela Davis, to name a few.

AHSA is celebrating the legacy of scholar-activists and building on the work of those upon whose shoulders we stand by assessing and celebrating the role of Black scholars in historical and present struggles.  We encourage academics as well as social activists to coalesce around this topic, with the aim of informing and supporting the ongoing struggle of African peoples.    

  • Pioneers of Pan Africanism
  • African Women and Labor
  • Mass Incarceration - The School to Prison Pipeline
  • The New Jim Crow
  • Social Media and the Mobilization of the Masses - for and against Black Liberation.
  • African Centered Non Governmental Organizations
  • From Ida B. Wells to The Black Lives- Movement and the Brutalization of Black Bodies
  • Black Club Movement
  • Black Theology as Black Power?
  • Black Power and the Black Panthers
  • Reparations
  • Revisiting the World Conference Against Racism and the African Descendants Caucus (Roundtable)
  • Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Revisited-Role of the African Scholar-Activists
  • Shoulders We Stand On: Honoring our Activists Ancestors
  • Legacy of Charles Houston and NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Rastafarian Movement: Reparations and Repatriation
  • Land Reform and Civil Rights
  • Machel, Cabral, Mandela & Biko: Armed Struggle in Africa
  • Globalization, Militarization, and "Terrorism" in Africa
  • The African Union and the Struggle for Peace and Development
  • Politics, Economics and Interventions in Diaspora
  • Closing: Organizing for the future-where do we go from here?
Please send 150-400 word abstracts for panels, roundtables or workshops, including title, organizer, participants and their abstracts.  Please include your name, address, institution or organizations, email and phone number.

Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Ife Williams, AHSA Program Chair:
ifewill56@gmail.com or call 215-208-3972 after May 15th.

  • Thursday, November 3rd Howard University
  • Friday, November 4th Hilton Garden Inn 1225 First Street NE
  • Saturday November.5th Hilton Garden Inn 1225 First Street NE

Marriott Courtyard Hotel 1325 2nd St NE 202-898-4000  ($139 pn)
Hilton Garden Inn 1225 First Street NE 202-408-4870  ($199 pn)


Reinvigorating the Pan-African Intelligentsia:
Developing Organizations and Institutions Committed to Serving African People
Fourth Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference
September 16-19, 2016
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA

With its theme " Reinvigorating the Pan-African Intelligentsia: Developing Organizations and Institutions Committed to Serving African People" the KNIC4 has as its first aim the amassing of intellectual, academic, and technological, reports and proposals addressing the challenges facing African people globally. Conference participants will debate the causes, effects, and dynamics of neo-colonialism's nagging erosion of Pan-African unity. The conference will bring together leading scholars, researchers, and policy makers to discuss and share innovative and creative ideas, projects and solutions to generate the Pan-African intelligentsia that will serve Africans in both the African homeland and globally

This announcement serves as a call for presentations for this conference. Before submissions are made we encourage potential presenters to consider the following text written by Kwame Nkrumah, Class Struggle in Africa:
The intelligentsia always leads the nationalist movement in its early stages. . . .

The cohesiveness of the intelligentsia before independence disappears once independence is achieved. It divides roughly into three main groups. First, there are those who support the new privileged indigenous class-the bureaucratic, political and business bourgeoisie who are the open allies of imperialism and neocolonialism. These members of the intelligentsia produce the ideologists of anti-socialism and anti-communism and of capitalist political and economic values and concepts.

Secondly, there are those who advocate a "non-capitalist road" of economic development, a "mixed economy", for the less industrialised areas of the world, as a phase in the progress towards socialism. This concept, if misunderstood and misapplied, can probably be more dangerous to the socialist revolutionary cause in Africa than the former open pro-capitalism, since it may seem to promote socialism, whereas in fact it may retard the process. History has proved, and is still proving, that a non-capitalist road, unless it is treated as a very temporary phase in the progress towards socialism, positively hinders its growth. By allowing capitalism and private enterprise to exist in a state committed to socialism, the seeds of a reactionary seizure of power may be sown. The private sector of the economy continually tries to expand beyond the limits within which it is confined, and works ceaselessly to curb and undermine the socialist policies of the socialist-oriented government. Eventually, more often than not, if all else fails, it succeeds, with the help of neocolonialists, in organizing a reactionary coup d'├ętat to oust the socialist-oriented government.

The third section of the intelligentsia to emerge after independence consists of the revolutionary intellectuals-those who provide the impetus and leadership of the worker-peasant struggle for all-out socialism. It is from among this section that the genuine intellectuals of the African Revolution are to be found. Very often they are minority products of colonial educational establishments who reacted strongly against its brain-washing processes and who became genuine socialist and African nationalist revolutionaries. It is the task of this third section of the intelligentsia to enunciate and promulgate African revolutionary socialist objectives, and to expose and refute the deluge of capitalist propaganda and bogus concepts and theories poured out by the imperialist, neocolonialist and indigenous, reactionary mass communications media. . . .

Intelligentsia and intellectuals, if they are to play a part in the African Revolution, must become conscious of the class struggle in Africa, and align themselves with the oppressed masses. This involves the difficult, but not impossible, task of cutting themselves free from bourgeois attitudes and ideologies imbibed as a result of colonialist education and propaganda.

The ideology of the African Revolution links the class struggle of African workers and peasants with world socialist revolutionary movements and with international socialism. It emerged during the national liberation struggle, and it continues to mature in the fight to complete the liberation of the continent, to achieve political unification, and to effect a socialist transformation of African society. It is unique. It has developed within the concrete situation of the African Revolution, is a product of the African Personality, and at the same time I based on the principles of scientific socialism.
(pp. 39 - 40)
Nkrumah wrote the above more than four decades ago but the truth of those words are still evident in the challenges facing African descendants globally. In some cases, the situation is more devastating than in the period that Nkrumah reported about. The intelligentsia of a people is rooted in the interest of a class that it seeks to protect. The Pan-African intelligentsia, in order to be true to its name, puts the interest of the African masses first and foremost on its agenda of priorities. Pan-African institutions like the African Union require the regeneration and adaptation of the Pan-African intelligentsia to reframe the solutions needed for African Renaissance and the general increased valuation of African lives globally.

KNIC4 will afford participants an opportunity to share research and ideas on the realities, challenges, and strategies for developing the Pan-African intelligentsia in the age of globalization, with a particular focus on ways of impacting and influencing institutions/organizations of people of African descent for the development of Africans everywhere.  Finally, the conference will clarify the role of the Pan-African intelligentsia in informing strategies for African development and integration into the world economy.

This year's conference is a sequel to, and builds on, the very successful inaugural Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC) held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the summer of 2010 the 2nd Biennial KNIC held at KNUST in the fall of 2012,  and KNIC3 held again at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014. KNIC4 takes off from where the first three conferences ended by seeking to enhance Pan-African agency through cutting edge research and innovative ideas on Pan-African development within context of 21st century global trends.

KNIC4 invites submissions from scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, Pan-African organizers, African government personnel, as well as members of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civic Society Organizations (NGOs and CSOs).
  • Institutional issues
    • Assessing educational institutions and the Pan-African Personality
    • Assessing social institutions and the Pan-African Personality
    • Assessing religious institutions and the Pan-African Personality
    • Assessing economic institutions and the Pan-African Personality
    • Assessing political institutions and the Pan-African Personality
    • Developing the African Intelligentsia into the Pan-African Intelligentsia
    • The mission and objectives of the Pan-African University
    • Curricular issues facing Pan-African curricula
  • Contemporary challenges
    • The limitations of non-viable economies and nation-states
    • Eurocentric hegemony and African recolonization
    • Sinocentric hegemony and the side effects of 'soft-power'
    • Proxy wars on the African homeland and the devaluation of Black Lives
    • Africans and the Global Police Apparatus
  • Future recommendations
    • Building liberated zones that engender Pan-African Intelligentsia
    • Science and Technology for Pan-African development
    • Political and Economic models for Pan-African unity
    • Supportive programs for Pan-African culture generators
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. D. Zizwe Poe, nkrumahnet@gmail.com no later than April 15, 2016, final notification of selection to be communicated by April 30, 2016.

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 the United States of America (USA) must make arrangements to secure them before they travel to the USA.

For More Information, Contact:
Dr. D. Zizwe Poe
Professor of History and Pan-Africana Studies,
Department of History, Political Science, Religion, and Philosophy
Lincoln University, PA, USA 19352

Telephone: 484.365.7180

"Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World"

APRIL 7-8, 2016

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University will hold its third biennial Africa and the Atlantic World Conference on April 7th and 8th, 2016. This year's conference focuses on intersections and transformations within identities, cultures, and experiences of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The conference hopes to allow scholars to explore the continuous and evolving meaning that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on the experiences of Africana people worldwide. Various papers examining the lingering effects of racism on the lives of Blacks in the United States and the Pan-African world and the strategies of resistance against such oppression will be presented at the conference. Such oppression will be explored not only in relationship to Africa and the United States, but also in connection with the Caribbean, Canada, England, and other parts of the world. A primary focus will be placed on the impact and implications of racial violence and social, economic, and political marginalizations of people of African descent in the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world. Moreover, we have received submissions from a variety of academic scholars, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, community leaders and activists on ways to reflect the strengths and diversity of people of African descent. In addition, we have welcomed artistic submissions and have set aside gallery space and theatre space for such endeavors.

Topics and themes of papers/artistic work will include:
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Violence in the Pan-African World
  • Police Brutality
  • Black Masculinity
  • Black Feminism
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Black Sexuality
  • Theories of Africana Studies
  • The future of Africana Studies
  • Public Policy and Africana Studies
  • Geography and identity
  • Gender, sexuality, and the black body
  • Black popular culture
  • Diasporic economics and labor markets
  • Migration and identities of modern immigrants
  • Redefinition of the African American identity
  • Culture, representation and performance,
  • Obama Phenomena
For more information about the conference, please contact the Conference Committee electronically (at dpas@kent.edu) or by mail at: Conference Committee, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240.

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