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Association for the Study of Worldwide African Diaspora

August 3 August 6

What: The Sixth International Congress of African and African Diaspora Studies (ICAADS)
When: August 3-6, 2023
Where: Accra, Ghana

Why: To reinvigorate the extraordinary transformational momentum in African Studies globally that began at the first International Congress of African Studies in Ghana in 1962. Subsequent convenings were in Dakar(1967), Addis Ababa (1973), and Kinshasa (1978), but no Congress meeting was convened after Ibadan (1985). ICAADS would convene on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity and the 50th anniversary of the Third International Congress—in the city where it all began. ICAADS aims to bring together African & African Diaspora Studies to formally mark the intellectual and political unity of Africa and the African Diaspora and to serve as a forum to reflect on the broadly shared histories, and contemporary realities, and to affirm the future destinies of continental Africans and African-descended people across the globe.

Format: The “Congress” format facilitates the dual purpose of an academic conference with policy implications addressing urgent contemporary issues impacting Black communities across the globe. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Reparations
  • The Repatriation of African Artifacts
  • Neocolonialism & Pan-Africanism
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Re-engaging the 6th Region of the African Union
  • Citizenship
  • The State and Policing
  • Environment and Public Health
  • The Status and Treatment of African Migrants Inside and Outside of the Continent
  • Africa’s Positions Regarding International Conflicts
  • The State of the Study of Africa and its Diasporas in the World Today
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