Theme: Pathways for a New Africa
The African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) is pleased to announce the fifth annual ‘Africa Together’ conference, which will be held on Saturday, the 16th June 2018.
This edition of the Africa Together conference will comprise two parts: (i) keynote addresses by distinguished speakers at the beginning, during and at the close of the event; ii) a series of panels on various topics with distinguished speakers.
Panels are structured as prompts/questions of critical importance to the development of a New Africa, and in line with the general conference theme – each panel will engage three or four distinguished speakers.
To celebrate Africans making waves, we will play a two-minute video showing the works of Impact Makers as an interlude between talks and panels.
Thematic panels include:
Peace and conflict resolution: How do we deal with our differences, ignore or face them?
Description: Differences are real and existential fact in Africa. The reality of ‘dislike the unlike’, and the ‘we and they’ binaries, which usually follow differences, is the reason for this panel. We seek to explore possible ways of harnessing the differences in Africa to engender the development of the continent. The basic questions, therefore, are: how can Africa engage her differences in her quest to develop (defined from Afrocentric and global perspectives)? What would be the consequences of suppressing these differences? On the other hand, it seems that allowing the differences without any clear-cut regulation is also likely to polarise the front of Africa. How then do we permit and respect our individual differences for the purpose of peaceful co-existence and development?
Panel lead: Charles Prempeh
*Panel titles are subject to change