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Call For Conference Papers

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
The Annual Africa Conference
March 31-April 1, 2016

The Department of History, Political Science, Geography, & Africana Studies at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, invites academics, independent scholars, policymakers, and graduate students to present papers at its fourth annual conference on the theme:


Africa has made significant strides in economic growth and democratization in recent years as apparent in states such as Gabon, Botswana, Angola, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, and Nigeria. Indeed, the international media and various organizations such as the World Bank and the IMF have noted that African states are among the fastest growing economies in the world, with a rapidly rising middle class. Advancements have been made in many areas such as healthcare, education, access to technology, and poverty alleviation. While there are many bright spots and the continent’s economic and democratic prospects are promising, it is still a truism that the vast majority of Africans presently languish in poverty. It is equally valid to say that Africa's democracy, for the most part, is limited to formal elections without the necessary independent institutions to support the rule of law, human and civil rights, freedom of the press, speech, and assembly, and an independent judiciary. Institutionalized political corruption, detrimental to good governance, is also still very rampant.

This year’s conference will provide a platform for scholars and other participants to examine within a multidisciplinary location, milestones in economic growth, development, and democratization, including the challenges, opportunities, and future prospects in contemporary Africa.

The sub-themes and potential topics around which the conference is organized may include but are not limited to the following: The historical legacy and Africa's development Post-independence development policies in Africa Africa's economic growth and development: achievements, challenges, and opportunities International trade and foreign direct investment in Africa The Millennium Development Goals Globalization, western influences, emerging markets, and the role of China Foreign Aid and International Development Assistance Africa's natural resources: a curse or a blessing? African Women in development and democratization Democratic institutions in Africa Multiparty democracy and opposition parties in the African context Role of civil society organizations, the media, NGOs, and the international community in development and democratization Bill of Rights for Africa Constitutional democracy and presidential term limits The Arab Spring and Africa Transparency and good governance New religious movements and freedom of thought and expression



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