The 2nd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual & Cultural Festival will be hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies under the auspices of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.

The theme “Global Africa 2063: Education for Reconstruction and Transformation” reflects the foundations of Kwame Nkrumah’s intellectual and cultural ideologies of a united Africa. This gathering seeks to examine and critically investigate the role of African centered education and knowledge production for shaping the development agenda. This approach will challenge the destructive and dominant education and knowledge system which supports neo-colonialism. The conference will use the African Union ‘Global Africa 2063’ agenda as the foundation for recuperating and popularizing Pan-African ideas and ideals.

The Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, established by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the founding Institute that focused on Africa and African people. As the trailblazer, Institute of African Studies over its tenure, has served as the nucleus for discussion and study of Africa, Pan-Africanism and Global Africa. This conference and festival will serve as the foundation for Pan-African intellectual and activist activity in Global Africa. The Institute of African Studies will lead the academic community to debate on the way forward and to interrogate the challenges of bringing Global Africa closer with the peoples at differing parts of the planet.
Furthermore, the public attention will be drawn to reopen discussions on the ‘Global Africa’ concept comprising of 11 regions instead of 6 regions.

Sub-themes include:

  • Conceptualization of the ‘Global Africa’.
  • Refashioning Pan-Africanist thought for education and the 2063 Agenda.
  • Pan African achievements and challenges from 1963 – 2013 and the opportunities from 2013 – 2063
  • The role of Pan-African intellectuals in Global Africa 2063.
  • Re-fashioning African Studies for Africa’s Transformation.
  • Recuperating and application of African knowledge systems for the reconstruction.
  • Strengthening African languages for Education.
  • Teaching Pan-Africanism in Educational Institutions: politics, curricula and institutional cultures.
  • Global Africa and the challenges of empowering African youth and harvesting the demographic dividend.
  • Pan Africanism, gender justice and the emancipation of women.
  • Global Africa and the Agenda of African/Black lives matter.
  • Reparative Justice and the Pan African world
  • African Studies Past and Present

Individual Paper Proposals
Abstracts should clearly identify the sub-theme, the title of the proposed paper, its subject matter, its main arguments and the research the paper is based on. The abstract should be no more than 350 words. The submission should include an author biography and institutional affiliation. Full papers are a condition for participation on a panel.

Organized Panel Proposals
All proposed panels must have a chair person and not less than 3 participants. The panel proposal must consist of the following 1) Panel title and abstract; 2) Name of chair; 3) names, email, phone numbers and institutional affiliation of each participant on the panel; 4) participants’ paper titles and abstracts. The abstract should be no more than 350 words.

Roundtable Proposals
A roundtable consists of a chair and not less than four presenters. The proposal should consist of the title, abstract and the proposed roundtable participants and the aim and objectives of the round table. The abstract should be no more than 350 words.

Discussants and Chairs
Applicants who are interested in being discussants or chairs, should please indicate this on their registration form for the conference.

Conference Fees

Registration (outside Africa)
$150 / Ghc 600
Registration (outside Africa - student)
$75 / Ghc 300
Registration (within Africa)
$75 / Ghc 300
Registration (within Africa - student)
$34 / Ghc 150
Registration (Ghanaian Participants)
$50 / Ghc 200
Registration (Ghanaian Participants - student)
$25 / Ghc 100