Critical Afrocentric Re-Framing of Intellectual Portraits: Contemporary Updates to Traditions of Genius -- October 16-17, 2015

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27th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Sponsosred by Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) -- Location: The Wyndham-Historic District, Philadelphia, PA,
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We seek cutting-edge papers from an international cadre of scholars to introduce intriguing and effective ideas about using the Afrocentric paradigm to update, re-frame, modernize, and re-engage African global intellectual legacies. We are excited about the methods and applications presenters will offer to give contemporary Afrocentric readings of the knowledge and values found in experiential and life narratives from the global African intellectual tradition. Such a collective exploration of the possibilities of discovery and re-discovery of innovation and genius-thought has dynamic potential to inform contemporary strategies for liberation, agency, historical awareness, and ancestral acknowledgment. We invite scholars to present innovative applied interpretations of narrative, memoir, autobiography, biography, dirge, memorial, manifesto, speeches, personal philosophy, organizational philosophy, mythology, leadership, legend, and liberation visions from our culture's exemplars, with an emphasis on introducing critical perspectives that advance new/renewed theoretical approaches commensurate with the Afrocentric paradigm. We anticipate that the 2015 Conference presentations will model and theorize, with Afrocentric precision, how to read, process, and recycle the culture's most profound and functional ideas in order to increase consciousness, stabilize cultural memory, and reinforce traditions of masterful communication for the benefit of African people and for the improvement of humanity.

We invite papers that engage critical research on:
1. Makers and interpreters of ancient, modern, and contemporary history whose foundational work and legacies are compatible with the agency-advancing enterprise of Afrocentricity;

2. Ethical and moral visionaries valued for their African-derived impulses and convictions of what is sacred, spiritual, affirming, healing, renewing, and vital to the ancestral cycle;

3. Leaders, organizers, treasurers, fundraisers, collectivists, and communalists whose acuity in finance and economics leaves a prototype for African global, national, and local financial and subsistence progress;

4. Psychology practitioners or community sages with remarkable Afrocentric insight into the African psyche, cognitions, intuition, and common sense whose legacies have the capacity to remedy cultural amnesia, trauma, identity disorders, and anti-African individualism;

5. Culturally perceptive problem-solvers with expertise in the applied social sciences, whose abilities to frame ideal African social, gender, and communal well-being as well as deconstruct anti-African, anti-family, and anti-communal social dysfunction and policy hold promise for increasing African life chances;

6. Brokers of power, politics, nation-building, and community-building in ancient, traditional, modern, and contemporary African life whose tactics represent masterful skill sets of geographical expansion, institution building, cultural growth, environmental harmony, and self-defense;

7. Clever and imaginative artists whose talents in using symbolic and stylized forms of cultural representation and communication through orality, literature, performance, movement, architecture, music, visual and material arts, and other aesthetics reflect exceptional Afrocentric qualities that are functional for enhancing African life;

8. Ancient, traditional, modern, and contemporary practitioners of Health/Science/ Technology pursuits whose research, discoveries, genius, inventions, methods, African science, and cyber/futuristic visions remind us of the depth and normality of African pursuits in this area;

9. Pan-Africanists and organizers whose works advance African survival, prosperity, and heritage rights and privileges in new geographies, homelands, or environments amidst various conditions of migration, exile, immigration, citizenship, expatriation, deportation, and return;

10. Linguists, rhetoricians, and educators from ancient, traditional, modern, and contemporary periods whose models of and command of African and African-derived learning, literacy, communication practices, and linguistic achievement can offer direction for Afrocentric goals regarding language, literacy, education, interventions, and communication in anteriority and in contemporary African life where African people desire lexical refinement and clarity for the purpose of increased cultural agency;

11. Philosophers whose commitments to deep thought have made remarkable contributions to Afrocentric ideas and intellectual traditions related to understanding humanity, world-views, truth, and the cosmos from an African point-of-view; and

12. Any racists, supremacists, anti-heroic agents, enemies, combatants, manipulators, dangers, threats, haters, or impersonators whose tactical assaults on African agency should be exposed and deconstructed using Afrocentric methodology that does not celebrate or over-promote their infamy but, instead, is a critical study of their assaults in a non-vindicationist framework that retains a focus on non-victimization and liberated consciousness in spite of struggle and conflict.

Requirements for Abstracts: Send abstracts as a Word attachment to Dr. Christel N. Temple at Scholarly abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include author's name, email address, mailing address, university/organization affiliation, and phone number. Please indicate audiovisual equipment needs. At the bottom of the page, please include a brief, 2-3 sentence biographical sketch. The Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference is an esteemed all-plenary conference event, and we recommend early and timely abstract submissions.

Abstracts are due May 1, 2015:

Notification of paper acceptance will be sent on or around July 31, 2015.

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