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Sponsored by the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement
October 16-17, 2015
Cheikh Anta Diop challenges us to continue an Afrocentric initiative of cultural retrieval and reconstruction and “to define an image of a modern Africa reconciled with its past and preparing for its future.” Molefi Asante asks us in our scholarly work and social practice to “[take] the globe and turning it over so that we see (and pursue) all the possibilities of a world where Africa, for example, is subject not object.”
It is within these Afrocentric understandings of our social and intellectual duties that collectively inspire the 2015 theme: CRITICAL AFROCENTRIC RE-FRAMING OF INTELLECTUAL PORTRAITS: CONTEMPORARY UPDATES TO TRADITIONS OF GENIUS.