CFP: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Global Educational Community (Cape Coast, Ghana)

full name / name of organization: 
Chris Awuyah/The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative

The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative - Ghana Interdisciplinary Conference
Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Global Educational Community

University of Cape Coast, Ghana
May 22 to 24, 2013
(Travel Dates May 19 through May 27)

The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is seeking paper submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on diversity and multiculturalism in the global community. The conference, co-sponsored by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, will focus on the politics of diversity and multiculturalism in the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on bridging the divide between internationalism and U.S. domestic discourse on diversity, especially as they relate to education. This will be a unique opportunity to engage, support, and build a broad network and global coalition of professionals committed to expanding knowledge in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism, and internationalism. We are interested in paper and panel proposals that explore a variety of subjects including, but not limited to:

*Global perspectives, multi-culturalism and/or cultural diversity in teaching and learning in higher education
*Infusing global perspectives into education, business, and philanthropic partnerships in higher education
*The use of information and communication technologies to expand access and success among diverse student populations
*Educational challenges and innovations in various national contexts (single study as well as comparative)
*The use of distance learning modalities to create/sustain diverse and/or global learning communities
*The cultural, political, social, and economic issues and promise, both historical and contemporary, facing Africa and the African diaspora
*Mass media, global learning, and national development
*Pedagogies and evaluations that support diverse learning styles and students
*Frederick Douglass, literacy and global learning

Select papers may be considered for a publication arising from the conference.

Pre-conference activities for the Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Global Community conference begin with arrival in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on May 20 and include tours of major historical and cultural landmarks in Accra, including a tour of slave castles in Cape Coast and a day-trip to a traditional African village. Indigenous Ghanaian cultural dance and song performances and an art exhibition by local artists will also be featured. The conference will kick-off with a VIP reception and dinner on May 22. The post-conference itinerary includes tour of Kakum Rainforest in Cape Coast, and free time in Accra.

Please send abstracts or presentation proposals of about 300 words or panel proposals of about 500 words by February 28, 2013 to Proposals should include the following:

a) Author(s) name and institutional affiliation;
b) Contact information such as email address (es);
c) Title of presentation/panel;
d) Description of presentation/panel.

If proposing a panel, a brief abstract for each paper on the panel is required. All proposals must be submitted in English using Microsoft Word Office (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf) orAdobe pdf.

More conference information is available at and