2008 – Ghana

ISAPS 2008 – The Universtiy of Cape Coast, Ghana

The 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies

VENUE: Sasakaawa Conference Centre, The University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

DATE: 31 March – April 4, 2008

Click Here for the ISAPS 2008 Conference Programme (Word Version)
Conference Programme (PDF Version)

Political Unity and Sustainable Development In Africa: The Intellectual Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah
The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).  This organization came into existence in response to the challenges of nation building experienced by emerging African independence leaders. The leaders of the new independent countries had to deal with the many contradictions of colonial structures – structures that had been carefully crafted by the European colonialists for the benefit of the European states.  Part of the response by the independence leaders to these challenges was the forging of a pan Africanist political entity.  In so doing, the emerging African leaders expected to facilitate the political, economic and social integration of Africa.  Integration was supposed to: (1) quicken the pace of liberation of the remaining parts of Africa that were still under colonial rule; (2) strengthen the leverage of Africa in negotiating its relations with other nations of the globe, as well as with international organizations and financial institutions; (3) reconstruct a positive image of Africa and Africans; and (4) hasten the economic, social and political development of Africa.However, the OAU, even under its new banner as the African Union, is still yet to achieve its objectives of political unity, economic interdependence, and constructive social advancement for Africa.It is on record that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the most active advocates of the political and economic integration of the continent.  Both in and out of office as the president of Ghana, Nkrumah continued to advocate for this integration. Fifty years on, it is most fitting for Africana scholars from around the world to critically examine the viability of: (i) Nkrumah’s political programme; and (ii) the African Union’s broader social and economic agenda.


Topics for discussion will include but are not limited to the following themes and sub-themes:
Nkrumah’s contribution to nationalism and liberation Pan Africanism, nationalism & liberation
Strategies for National Development Sustainable Development in Africa
OAU, AU and the quest for a United States of Africa Culture, ethnicity, justice & development in Africa
NEPAD Globalization and its impacts on Africa
The future of African and Africana philosophy Economic, business & financial issues in development
Western and African conceptions of political economy Multiculturalism and the alleged universality of values
Colonialism and post-colonialism in Africa Justice: comparative perspectives
Liberalism and ethnic values: is there a clash? Ethnicity and Politics in Africa
Sustainable development and the environment HIV/AIDS in African and Africana Communities
Religion and development in Africa Development ethics
Western and African(a) philosophy Political Philosophy in Africa
We welcome papers which do not directly address the theme or sub-themes of the conference, but which are relevant to African Philosophy and African Studies. The organizers therefore welcome the submission of abstracts on topics related to the general concerns which have come to define ISAPS.

Conference Registration fees $60.00 US Dollars per person

  • This rate is per person and it includes: transportation from/to Accra Airport to the University of Cape Coast, and all conference events. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION & SUSTAINANCE
Membership Dues·        $100 (Membership)·        $60 (Discounted Membership)

·        $50 (Student Membership)

·        $25 (Discounted Student Membership)

Recommended Hotels:

  • Hacienda Hotel – $47 per night
  • Cape Coast Hotel – $47 per night
  • Sanaa Lodge Hotel – Single $60 per night; Double $75.00 per night
  • Elmina Beach Resort – $75 per night

The Conference registrations fee of $60.00 US dollars does not include the cost of accommodation and sustenance. The Local Organizing Committee can made and confirm reservations for attendees, but accommodation costs are payable directly to hotels on arrival.

ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION OF Non-electronic Submissions
Dr. Raymond OSEI



LOC Members: Raymond Osei (The University of Cape Coast, Ghana); Jonathan Asante Otchere (The University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Contact Address: Department of Philosophy, Seattle University, Seattle, WA 98122, USA.
Tel: + (1) 206 296 5470; Fax: +(1) 206 296 5997; Email: 

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