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LINGUIST List 22.2033

Thu May 12 2011

Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/South Africa

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        1.     Babajide Johnson, PhD , Conference on African Renaissance, Integration, Unity and Development

Message 1: Conference on African Renaissance, Integration, Unity and Development
Date: 11-May-2011
From: Babajide Johnson, PhD <bjohnsonacalan.org>
Subject: Conference on African Renaissance, Integration, Unity and Development
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Full Title: Conference on African Renaissance, Integration, Unity and Development
Short Title: ARC

Date: 29-Sep-2011 - 01-Oct-2011
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Contact Person: Professor Sozinho Fransisco Matsinhe
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.acalan.org

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 17-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Since its inception in 1963, the Organization of African Unity - the OAU -
made every effort to promote greater African economic, social and political
integration within the continent. The OAU was founded on the principle of
promoting unity and cooperation among all African Member States and to
bring an end to colonialism. The African Union, the successor to the OAU,
as it is now called, has embarked on a struggle for a united Africa and
economic independence, and development that would change the lives of
Africans for the better. The quest for a rebirth of Africa - the Africa
Renaissance - began a long time ago. As Pixley ka Izaka Seme noted when he
spoke at New York's Columbia University in 1906:

The brighter day is rising upon Africa.Yes, the regeneration of Africa
belongs to this new and powerful period. The African people possess a
common fundamental sentiment which is everywhere manifest, crystallizing
itself into one common controlling idea. The regeneration of Africa means
that a new and unique civilization is soon to be added to the world.

Decades after the formation of the OAU there are still many challenges, as
Africa groans under the burden of poor or week governance, pandemic
diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria; hunger and starvation, poverty and a
sense of loss of cultural identity. There is hence a need for a
socio-economic, cultural and political rebirth and a re-orientation of the
African psyche, leading to a redefinition of Africanness. Like other races
throughout the world, Africans themselves must engage in the struggle to
give real meaning to their Africanness.

It is against this background that the African Renaissance Campaign was
launched in Ghana in May 2010 to coincide with Kwame Nkrumah's centenary
celebrations. The conference on African Renaissance to be organized by the
African Union's African Academy of Languages in collaboration with the
Institute for African Renaissance Studies, University of South Africa and
with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
(IDEA), is a contribution to the campaign.

Call for Papers:

The conference aims to broaden and deepen the debate on African Renaissance
across disciplines. Thus, scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders are
invited to submit abstracts focusing on the following themes:

- The place and role of African languages in the development of Africa
- The place and role of culture in the development of Africa
- Women's Empowerment and development in Africa
- The place and role of education in the development of Africa
- The role of science and technology in the development of Africa
- Africa and the globalization discourse
- Indigenous Knowledge Systems, African Languages and Development
- African Renaissance and democratic culture and governance in Africa
- African traditional governance institutions and frameworks and their
contribution to democracy
- The challenge of managing democratic elections in Africa

Abstracts of 300 words in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic or any other
African Union working language including Kiswahili, should indicate the
objectives of the paper, its scope, major contributions and conclusion and
should be sent online no later than 17 May 2011 to:

The Co-ordinator, African Renaissance Campaign Conference, African Academy
of Languages, BP 10 Koulouba, Bamako Mali
E-mail: acalanacalan.org

All abstracts will be peer reviewed and the authors will be informed
accordingly. Final papers will be published.

All submissions should be word processed as pdf materials cannot be accepted.

Important Dates:

3 - 17 May 2011: Call for abstracts and review (flexible)
24 May 2011: Notify the authors of accepted abstracts
24 May - 22nd July 2011: Receive and review of draft papers by the
scientific committee
29 May 2011: Inform and invite the authors whose papers have been accepted
29 July - 8 August 2011: Receive revised papers from authors
28 September 2011: Arrival of participants
29 - 30 September 2011: Conference
1 October 2011: Closing session and departure of the Conference

Further information on the conference can be obtained from

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