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Call for Papers


Venue: University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana

Date: August 11-12, 2016

Duration: Two days with possibility of tour of Ghana’s major tourist destinations at weekend

Theme: Democracy, Justice and Development in Africa, 50 years after independence.


Thematic Areas


Which democracy for Africa? The experience of post-colonial Africa in identifying and applying different approaches to government. Western partisan democratic models in the African context and its challenges. Is this the best system for Africa? What alternatives and what is the way forward?


Which justice and justice for who? Is there an African standard for justice? This opens up the debate on human rights, on the definition and conception of corruption, on inclusion and marginalization, etc.


African nations are often referred to as developing countries. What does this really mean? What concept of development? Are there any societies that are not developing countries?

The topic is open to philosophers and thinkers from various fields who would like to carry out a historical analysis of any of the above topics or to offer perspectives on how to move forward in the future.

Five decades of independence in many African countries offers a good background to be able to look at how certain models have been applied and the successes and failures that have been recorded so far.

Philosophical and inter-disciplinary papers will contribute to a rich discussion and debate on these topics.


Interested participants should send their abstracts to


Abstract format: Times New Roman 12 point. Maximum 500 words

Deadline for abstract submission: End of April, 2016

Early submissions are encouraged, especially for those interested in seeking conference travel/accommodation grants.

Arrangements are being made with a major journal of philosophy for a special edition focusing on especially well written and significant papers that will emerge from this conference. Arrangements are also being made for a book chapter with a reliable publisher for other papers that may not fit into this special edition.

Suggestions for keynote speakers for ISAPS Legon 2016 should be sent to



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ISAPS Conference 2015

ISAPS 2015 conference

Venue: Howard University

Date: November 13-14, 2015


Duration: 2 days, with possibility of reception the day before the conference and guided tour of campus and environs as related to the United States historically black research university experience



Health, including environmental problems that bear on health issues (e.g., air quality, housing, potable water, sanitation, nutrition, health care and education, climate change, responses to health crises such as Ebola)

Education, including all formal education from pre-school or head start through professional and graduate degrees with emphasis on technology solutions to problems of resource scarcity and particular emphasis on the ethical obligations of African universities to their supporting communities

Economy, including foreign and domestic capital sourcing, changing employment demographics (rural and urban, farming and manufacturing), technology transfer, appropriate technology

Criminal justice, including anti-corruption measures, policing, judiciary and incarceration systems


African ethics (e.g., ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian, Ubuntu, etc.) as distinct from other continental ethical systems (e.g. Asian, European, North American)

African universities’ ethical responsibilities to their supporting communities

The African experience in the Americas as it bears in all its diversity on solutions to critical African problems

Macro and micro-appropriate technology in Africa

African Union responsibility for continental education measures


Abstract submission deadline: 30 September, 2015

Abstract format: Times Roman/12 point

Abstract length: 300 word limit

Send abstracts to:


Call for ISAPS members’ suggestions for keynote speakers for ISAPS 2015 Howard University conference

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20th Annual Conference – Call for Papers

International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS)

20th Annual Conference

Conference theme: Re-thinking African Identity and Culture

20th Annual Conference of the ISAPS
International Society for African Philosophy and Studies
30th to 31st May, 2014,
Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER), Fort Hare University, Eastern Cape, Chintsa, South Africa.

Conference organisers: Dr Rianna Oelofsen, Prof Leslie Bank, Dr Luvuyo Ntombana, Prof Charles Verharen & Motsamai Molefe.

Call for papers:

What is ‘Africa’, and who is ‘African’? How do identity and culture feature in the politics of Africa and its diasporas? Is there a role for ‘race’ in the understanding of African identity and culture? Is there a role for Steve Biko’s philosophy of ‘black consciousness’ in the current global political landscape, and if so, what is the role it should play? What is the relationship between different identities and oppressive relationships, and what is the best way of approaching emancipation in contexts where identity plays a core role in oppressive relationships, such as in oppressive relationships between different genders or races? What avenues are there to explore our mutuality and connectedness across these divides as captured by the politics of difference and oppression?

Through focusing on concepts such as ‘black consciousness’ which have their roots in Africa, (yet engaging with these concepts critically) this conference is meant as a project of decolonising the mind, and is meant to allow an avenue to continue to question how we can live and theorize in a world which structurally marginalizes Africa and its contributions. The conference invites papers discussing practical approaches to decolonising the mind through decolonising university curricula.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 28 February 2014

Please note that there have been issues with visas not being processed in time in the past, and so we encourage international delegates to send in their abstracts as soon as possible, so that there is ample time to ensure visas are processed in time.

Date of Conference:
Arrival: Thursday, 29 May, 2014
Conference: Friday, 30 – Saturday, 31 May, 2014
Fort Hare Historical tour to Alice campus, 1 June 2014

Conference fee and accommodation:

The organisers would appreciate if delegates whose papers are accepted could pay the conference fee of US$120 (+ US$30 for membership to the society if interested) as soon as they receive their acceptance letter. Arrangements will be made for electronic payments.

Delegates who are interested to stay at the venue should also indicate this, and please pay a deposit of 50% for accommodation deposit. Delegates can view the venue and accommodation details at

Submission and enquiries:

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19th Annual Conference

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. Continue reading