CFP: Decolonizing Global Hegemonies in Africa and the African Diaspora

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The University of Calabar and the New York African Studies Association invite you to a joint conference on:

Decolonizing Global Hegemonies in Africa and the African Diaspora

Pre-Conference: June 26 - 27

Conference: June 28 to July 1, 2023

Venue: The University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

The decolonization process of the mid-twentieth century was spurred on by decades of anticolonial rebellion throughout Africa and the diaspora. Yet, the nature, temporality, and consequences of decolonization remain contested. The tragic loss of human lives, the erosion of indigenous cultures, religions, and languages, along with the depletion of natural resources have continued well beyond the period of decolonization. In fact, independent nations on the African continent and in the diaspora continue to contend with the hegemonic presence of former imperial powers as well as newer economic and resource-hungry global powers such as China and the United States. Efforts to denounce these global hegemonies and regain control of the land, politics, economy, language, and history of the African continent and its diasporas often go unnoticed in Western media, and in Western classrooms. In contrast, this conference, jointly organized by the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) and the University of Calabar, Nigeria aims to create dialogues and encourage exchanges between scholars, teachers, students, and community members, around the question of global hegemonies in Africa and the African diaspora, and the various ways in which their influence has been and continues to be addressed and combatted.

We invite papers that examine the continuing decolonization of global hegemonies in Africa and the African diaspora in conjunction with questions of sources and methods, knowledge production, migration, health, labor, gender and sexuality, performing and visual arts, religion and spirituality, artefacts and museums, civic society, mental health and trauma, information technologies, economy, social sciences, pan-African youth mobilization, equity and integration in higher education, political engagement, environmental studies, and architecture. We welcome contributors from a range of disciplines, including political science, history, geography, architecture, literature, museum studies, medicine, law, religious studies, gender studies, music, Anthropology, sociology, archaeology, environmental studies, business and economics, etc. We also invite proposals from undergraduate students, graduate students, independent scholars and practitioners, as well as community leaders and members of the civic society. While the conference committee is particularly interested in proposals on the theme of decolonization and hegemonic discourses, we will also welcome proposals for presentations, panels, posters, and roundtables that address any dimension of African and African diasporic studies. We are also interested in presentations that reflect African knowledge productions systems such as music, dance, drumming and story-telling. Participants are also welcome to present their papers in African languages. 

At the time of submitting your proposal, please indicate if you will need media resources (e.g. Audio-Visual Equipment) for your presentation. Also let us know if your presentation would be in an African language. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be emailed to 
  • Abstracts should be between 250 to 350 words.
  • Participants should submit only one paper abstract.
  • Papers must have a maximum of two presenters
  • Roundtables and panels may have up to 6 participants.
  • March 31st, 2023: Deadline for submission of panels, roundtable, papers, and workshop proposals. We have a rolling review of abstracts.
  • Please remember that to be included in the Conference Program, you must register for the conference and pay by May 30, 2023. Registration and payment can be made securely by visiting:  Information on hotels, ground, and air transportation, as well as excursions can also be found at
  • Registration at the conference site will be available at a higher rate and so we encourage participants to register in advance.
  • April 4: Deadline for Early Bird Registration 

Registration Fees: Fees cover lunch, evening receptions each day of the conference, and a banquet. 

For questions about the conference, please email: