The Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) presents the

29th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2017
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District 

“Afrocentricity in Visionary Conversations with African/Black Radical Intellectualism and Afro-Futurism”

The African world is thriving in spite of bearing witness to dystopic and threatening political, social, and cultural change and upheaval.  Society is responding to reassertions of supremacist thought, ethos, insanity, and regression, and there is a caution to avoid a pessimist trap.  In challenging chronophobia, known as a fear of the future, African people continue to maintain and pursue not only optimum liberation but also a technological awareness updated from past ingenuity to present creative consciousness.  This year’s conference welcomes papers that explore the traditions and praxis of Afrocentric thought with a particular innovation based on the paradigm’s visionary conversations with sources from the broad inheritance of African/Black radical intellectualism and contemporary Pan-African frameworks of Afro-futurism.  As the conceptualization of African freedom will never become stagnant, this year’s conference solicits cutting-edge and future-building idea formation to help order responses to the present condition of African people, saturated with the culture’s tools of victorious consciousness and preservationist acuity.   This year’s conference aims to generate discourses of reflection and imagination by advancing research that consider what cultural tools and techniques we have generated that will be useful and effective for African people’s future needs.  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 August 15, 2017

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Registration for the 29th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference is OPEN

General Registration

$170 — Early Bird Registration (now through September 30, 2017)
$200 — General Registration (after September 30, 2017 and On-Site)

Other Registration Types (Flat Rate)

$100 — Graduate Students
$40   —  Undergraduate Students
$100 —  Unaffiliated Community Members
$80   —  Unaffiliated Senior Citizens

All 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.

One-Day conference rates will be available on-site only.

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