The Inaugural Pan African Colloquium - Call for Papers

Second Call for Papers – The Inaugural Pan African Colloquium

Theme: “Heroines and heroes of the back to Africa movements, Pan Africanism, African nationalism and global Africanism: Their philosophies, activities and legacies”
January 12 – 15, 2016

The Departments of History and Philosophy; Government, Sociology and Social Work, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and PANAFSTRAG are pleased to issue this call for papers for this inaugural international Pan African Colloquium to be held at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados over the period January 12-15, 2016. The broad theme for this inaugural colloquium will be “Heroes and heroines of the back to Africa movements, Pan Africanism, African nationalism and global Africanism: Their philosophies, activities and legacies.

This international conference hopes to brings together scholars/researchers, activists and policy makers to interrogate the philosophical, political, socio-cultural and economic thoughts and legacies of these Africanists. Since the nineteenth century these persons have agitated and protested against imperialism, emancipation, racism, violation of human rights and inequality of economic opportunity, conditions that still characterize our reality. This conference provides a platform for the exploration of such issues and the questions related to the viability of Africanist movements. Interrelated issues of solidarity, self-determination, self-awareness, black consciousness, economic empowerment, spiritual enlightenment and cultural awareness will also be discussed. The conference is further intended to build synergies and forge dialogue on how the movement in Africa and the African diaspora can improve its position in a globalizing world and aid in shaping consciousness of Africans worldwide building on the efforts of these heroes and heroines.

We welcome panels and papers from fields associated with but not limited to economics, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, gender, literature and philosophy.  

Abstracts of papers in MICROSOFT WORD format should be of no more than 200 words and must be submitted by email to both and by August 10, 2015. Panel proposals will also be accepted and are due on August 10, 2015. The abstracts must be accompanied by a brief biography of 125 words along with the affiliation of the author(s). Participants will receive notification of acceptance by August 31, 2015. Persons will then be required to submit their completed papers as an attachment in MICROSOFT WORD format to the above email addresses by the firm deadline of November 30, 2015. These papers will then be posted online for other participants to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the colloquium will be devoted more to discussion than to exposition of the written papers.

Following the acceptance of abstracts, presenters will be given specific guidelines for writing their draft papers. Papers presented will be considered for an online publication via ( through a peer review process.

Hosting institutions: The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus - Department of History and Philosophy and the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work; and Pan African Strategic and Policy Research Group (PANAFSTRAG)
In association with: Fahamu, Nairobi Kenya

The colloquium programme will focus on the following topics/themes:
  1. The back to Africa movements
  2. The Foundations of Pan Africanism – Pre 1900 era - Sylvester Williams and others
  3. The Pan African Movement in the early 1900s – Garvey, Dubois, Padmore, C.L.R. James etc
  4. Mid 1900s Pan Africanist Movement - Nkrumahism, Negritude, Egyptology
  5. African nationalist movements – Kenyatta, Nkrumah, Mugabe, Nyerere etc
  6. Pan African organization in Africa: The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 1960’s – 2000.
  7. Post OAU – Pan Africanism vs Pan Continentalism or Pan Africanism and Pan Arabism - the new thinkers Shanti, Prah, Asante, Nabudhe, Chinweizu, Campbell etc
  8. The design of the conceptual framework for AU’s 6th region – political, economic, social, cultural issues
  9. Women and Pan Africanism
  10. Cultural Pan Africanism
  11. Pan Africanism and religion
  12. Engaging youth in 21st century Pan Africanism
  13. Neoliberalism and Pan African resistance
  14. The viability of Pan Africanism in the 21st Century
  15. Representations in documentaries, film and literature
  16. Pan Africanism in Latin America and Asia
  17. African revolution in United States of America from 1960s
  18. Pan Africanism and the Caribbean New Left
  19. The significance of the battle of Adowa to Pan Africanism
  20. The challenges of Pan Africanism
  21. Reparation debates and Pan Africanism
Please note that participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel arrangements, accommodation, registration). Participants from countries requiring a visa/transit visa to Barbados must make arrangements to secure them before they travel. Please visit the following website for information on visa requirements.
Registration Fees:
  • Early bird registration:
$100 for non-student and $35 for students with valid identification, until 18th October 2015. Payment must be completed by this date in order to qualify for early bird registration.
  • Late registration:
$125 for non-student and $75 for students with valid identification from – 19th October 2015 to 12th January 2016.
Please note:
  • Registration fees are in US dollars.
  • The registration fee covers attendance to all sessions, the conference package, coffee and refreshments during breaks.
  • All presenters are required to register for the conference.
  • Arrival date is January 12, 2016 and departure date is January 16, 2016. 
For submissions and any clarifications please refer to the following conference secretariat email:

Further details including the concept paper, venue, accommodation, registration and the submission of proposed papers will be posted to the conference website
If you wish to receive updates regarding the conference, please send an email to

Department of History & Philosophy
Telephone: (246) 417-4403 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: