“Africa rising,” “the African renaissance,” the world’s youngest continent, the next emerging engine of global economic growth -- much has changed for the positive in public discourse around Africa since the years of Afro-pessimism over development frustrations and chronic strife in the 1980s, ‘90s, and naughts. Our conference will examine the diverse aspects of those changes, and of life as experienced by Africans in these exciting times. We are also celebrating 50 years of African Studies as a field of professional academic research here in Canada. This year, in an initiative to build the conference from the "bottom up", and to address themes of greatest importance to its members, conference attendees have set the agenda by proposing their own full panels and research streams around themes reflecting their current areas of research. These include the history of slavery, current and past activities of extraction industries, gender and sexuality, strategies to address global climate change and what it is to engage in African studies in a Canadian context. In addition to the usual academic panels, we will also hold a series of brown-bag talks open to the public featuring invited government officials and social activists to speak to issues of shared concern, and to the relationship between academic research, policy formation, activism, and social change. Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) is a community of activism-oriented scholars and other researchers whose objectives are to promote the study of Africa in Canada, to raise awareness of African challenges and aspirations, to inform Canadian policy makers engaged with Africa, and to facilitate exchanges and linkages between Canadian and African universities and research institutions. We are a multidisciplinary community, drawing mainly but not exclusively from the social sciences and humanities. We also reach out to public, private and non-government actors in development, as well as political and social leaders within Africa. We place a high priority on mentoring the next generation of researchers whose work can engage the wider public on how best to respond to future challenges and opportunities over the next five decades and beyond in our shared yet unequal world.
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12:00 - 13:30- Canadian film premiere: "Welcome to the Smiling Coast: Living in the Gambian Ghetto"
humanities and social sciences
Marc Epprecht, Queen's University; Sarah Katz-Lavigne, Carleton University
Joey Power, Ryerson University; Valérie Dusaillant-Fernandes, University of Waterloo