19th Annual Conference

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50 years of OAU/AU : Revisiting the Questions of African Unity, Identity and Development.

19th Annual Conference of the ISAPS
International Society for African Philosophy and Studies
27th to 29th May, 2013,
Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.


On 25 May, 1963, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established with 32 African governments signing. Among other aims, the Organization was established to promote unity andsolidarity among African states, to serve as a collective voice for the continent, to coordinate andintensify cooperation among African states in order to achieve better life for the people, todefend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of African states, etc.The concern for the development, protection and projection of worthwhile African identity wasarguably one aims behind the formation of the continental body. The 39 years of the OAU havebeen variously evaluated. While some people have credited it with some success, many criticsdubbed the OAU “Dictators’ Club or Dictators’ Trade Union” that denied rather than ensured theenjoyment of human rights by African peoples.On 9 July, 2002 it was disbanded and replaced by its successor African Union (AU). Eventhough some comparative improvements have been noted regarding the AU, so much stillremains to be done toward the achievement of the goals and the yearnings of the African peoplesfor positive continental identity and functional unity.In 2013, the continent marks 50 years of the historic signing of the OAU charter. Amidst thefanfare of the celebrations, there abide deep feelings of despondency and disappointment ofleadership across the continent. There is the need therefore to revisit the question of how far theaims of the OAU were achieve, and even more how its successor, the African Union has fared asa proposed better framework for African unity, development and African identity fundamentally.

Issues that may be discussed by presenters include:
International Society for African Philosophy and Studies
The state of the African Union
Regional and Continental Integration
Political Stability, Crisis and Failed States
The Question of Political Leadership in Africa
Inter-Ethnic Conflicts and Civil Wars
China and Africa
African Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Innovation and Development
Security, Public Safety and Political Accountability
Education, Politics and Concepts of Development
Sustainable Ecosophy for Africa and the African Diaspora
Apologies, Reparations and the Jim Crow
Wars, Peace and Hegemony in Global Africa – MDG and Africa
African Leadership Philosophy and Identity Construction
Religious Fanaticism and Crisis
African Nationalism and Pan-Africanism
Aspects of the AU: Political, Economic, Cultural, etc.
Colonialism and Partitioning of African State Borders
Boundary Disputes and Border Clashes
Migration and Citizenship
Visa Requirements and Protocols
Inter-African States Foreign Policies
Union Government and United States of Africa
Africa in the global village
African identity in the winds of global change
The Arab Spring and the many waves of democracy
The OAU/AU and the African Diaspora

Deadline for Submission of Abstract: 15 April, 2013
Deadline for submission of completed paper: 1 May, 2013

Date of Conference:
Arrival: Sunday, 26 May, 2013
Conference: Monday, 27 – Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
Departure: Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Michael Cloethe
University of South Africa,
Pretoria, South Africa

Submission and inquiries:

Please Note:

Details about accommodation and transportation to the venue will be available the last week of April.


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