CFP: 30th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference in Philadelphia

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The Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) presents the

30th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference

Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, 2018

African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19016

Over the last 30 years, the mission of the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement has been to continue the work of Cheikh Anta Diop by seeking the truth of our cultural inheritance using all the techniques and tools at our disposal, as well as, extending the extensive and exhaustive dialogues that seek to validate, clarify and solidify African ideas. In fulfilling this duty, every year the Annual Diop International Conference has brought together a community of noteworthy scholars, artists, educators, and activists to discuss, debate, and collaborate on concepts and projects that inspire and empower African people worldwide. We acknowledge the record of our successes and we recognize that our aim to practice this work is difficult, yet supremely relevant in the 21st century.
At this historical juncture of our organization, we strive for the 2018 conference to be a critical reflection of not only the types of Afrocentric scholarship we produce, but an interrogation of how it is implemented in the world. We invite presentations that critically examine and reflect on what Africana Studies, Afrocentricity, and Diopian Thought will and should become, how they directly affect African people, and how they will continue to impact the future of African social development. We ask for scholars, educators, artists, and activists to highlight Diop’s intellectual contributions that have shaped, expanded and enriched our various fields over the past 30 years, and to identify how Diop’s scholarship can be extended to operate as a guiding force that will enhance the next 30 years of academic inquiry.

Papers should reflect the highest critical consciousness of Afrocentric and African-centered epistemologies of the discipline of Africana Studies. Participation is highly competitive.

To submit an abstract for consideration for this year's conference, please click the button below. 

Formal, 250-word ABSTRACTS are due by July 1, 2018. 
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Registration for the 30th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference is OPEN

General Registration

$150 -- Early Bird Registration (now through September 15, 2018)
$175 -- General Registration (after September 15, 2018 and On-Site)


Student/Community Member Registration

$75 -- Flat Rate (no Early Bird discount)


One-Day Registration will be available on-site only. 

All active DISA Members are eligible for a $25 discount on conference registration. To receive the discount, individuals should process their membership (new or renewal) PRIOR to registering for the conference in order to receive the membership discount code. 
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