28th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference in Philadelphia - Channeling Classical African Wisdom as a Response to Contemporary Challenges

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October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Black History / Studies

The Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) presents the


28th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference



Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016

Temple University (Friday) & Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (Saturday)


Channeling Classical African Wisdom as a

Response to Contemporary Challenges


We invite papers that offer broad topical approaches and critical applications that consider, as did Ptahotep and other African classical and traditional philosophers, the culture’s pedagogies of morality.  Presentations should consider “What is the desired moral code of contemporary Black life?” and “What does our culture offer as a premise for its ethical and moral ideals?”  We have a cultural continuity of intergenerational wisdom, ethics, morality, and values that (1) affirms the breadth and historicity of our culture’s core orientations to self-actualization and humanity and (2) can inspire and heal the communities of Ferguson and other national and global sites that have experienced racialized trauma and loss at the hands of Western systems of so-called justice and order.  This year’s conference aims to generate discourses of victorious consciousness by advancing research that resets the barometer and redirects Africans worldwide to re-learn and prioritize our own ancient cultural practices of ethics and morality. This conference aims to contribute to community development by demonstrating that our communities do not need social policing because our culture has its own models and orientations to justice, righteousness, and harmonious living.  This call for papers is inspired by scholarship on the teachings of Ptahotep, and we encourage participants and presenters to familiarize yourselves with the primary sources featured in Molefi Kete Asante’s The Egyptian Philosophers: Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten, Asa Hilliard’s The Teachings of Ptahotep:  The Oldest Book in the World, and Maulana Karenga’s Selections from the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt.  Papers should reflect the highest critical consciousness of Afrocentric and African-centered epistemologies of the discipline of Africana Studies. Participation is highly competitive.  Formal, 250-word ABSTRACTS are due by July 11, 2016.  Send to: Dr. Christel N. Temple at cnt15@pitt.edu.


We will publish selected papers in an edited volume

(Please indicate if your paper is not available for inclusion in this volume)

Submit full papers by October 4, 2016

 (no longer than 25 pages including citations)


The Friday portion of the conference is a FREE and open-to-the-public late afternoon extended session sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Africology and African American Studies on-site at Temple University


Registration for Saturday at the Wyndham

$120 through September 30 or $150 after September 30 and on-site

Undergraduate Students: $10; Graduate Students $60; Unaffiliated Elders /Community Members: $50

Discounts available with DISA Membership

www.diopianinstitute.org (Paypal processing)


Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (400 Arch Street, downtown)

Rooms $169 plus tax per night through September 21, 2016

Call 1-877-999-3223 for Reservations and mention “DIOP Conference 2016 Group”


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For abstracts and full papers for publication:

Dr. Christel N. Temple at cnt15@pitt.edu


To send nominations for Best Scholarly Book Award:

Dr. Ana Monteiro-Ferreira at aferreir@emich.edu 


Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at ikendi@ufl.edu


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