Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009

 

*Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009.
*President elect BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION act On the 20th of January 2009.

Following the Historical victory of President elect Barack Obama Various
NGOs and Black communities based in Austria are coming together to
celebrate change in the spirit of Obama.We are seizing this moment to
question, encourage and promote political participation of migrants in
Austria.

This event will be held at the Amerika *Haus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Vienna* and is supported by the US Embassy in Austria.
*The event starts at 4:OO pm*.

This event offers the floor and a unique opportunity for Leading opinion
leaders, politicians, diplomats and representatives from different
Austrian communities to make a commitment for change in the European
Year of innovation and creativity 2009.

We hereby kindly invite you to join us on this day to stand up and
celebrate the spirit of change we strongly believe in.

Participation is free of charge upon registration under
office@blackwomencenter.org

For further information and program contact:

office@radioafrika.net
redaktion@afrikanet.info
office@blackwomencenter.org

On behalf of the team of change.
*Beatrice Achaleke, Simon Inou, Alexis Neuberg*

ps: please feel free to pass on this invitation to your friends and
whoever may interested!

*Initiators:
*AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
Afrikanet.info
Radio Afrika TV

*Project partners:
-BDFA
-Tres Monos
-Afrocut
-Ossiri’s Lernakademie
-Schwarze Frauen Community
-Afrikanische Frauenorganisation
-Association for Democracy in Africa
-Chiala Afriquas Graz
-Black Community Linz
-Prinz Zeka

Beatrice Achaleke
– Executive Director
– AFRA — International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008

Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767
office@blackwomencenter.org

www.blackwomencenter.org
www.bewnet.eu
www.blackaustria.au

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Black Girl Travel With a Purpose

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Ginger Campbell
SNAP Productions
323.933.4155
ginger@snap-productions.com

BELLA ITALIA ANNOUNCES 2009 TOUR SCHEDULE TO TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE
4th Annual Trip Offers Enhancements for Tour Participants

LOS ANGELES– (December 21, 2008) – BlackGirlTravel.com announced the 4th annual Bella Italia tour itinerary for 2009 today. This unique all female tour, formerly of Blackweekly.com, which alternates between Northern and Southern Italy annually, will tour Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Naples, Capri and Sicily from September 2-11, 2009.

The tour was created by Fleace Weaver, founder of Blackweekly.com, the Los Angeles area destination website featuring events and activities for affluent African American consumers. “As a woman who loves to travel and who has traveled extensively, I wanted to expose black women to the world and, conversely, expose the world to the beauty of black women—inside and out,” says Weaver. With that goal in mind, she created a tour where a group of women or “Bellas” from all over the USA converge upon Italy to take a comprehensive tour of the country, catching not only the historical sites, but also participating in shopping expeditions, parties and other social gatherings in each city. Each year, the tour has proven more and more successful, growing from 36 to over 50 participants. In fact, the Bella Italia tour is not only popular in the United States, but has also grown in popularity in Italy. “Our all-male guided Vespa tour is one of the most recognizable in Rome,” says Weaver. “During the ride we are constantly met with shouts of “Belle Americane” wherever we go.”

This year, on the heels of the successful 2008 tour, BlackGirlTravel.com has partnered with Travelista.com co-founder, Andrea Adams, as well as the Italian Government Tourist Board to enhance the experience of the “Bellas”. Adams will serve as tour guide for the 2009 trip. Says Weaver, “Andrea brings a rich, cultural understanding to the Bella Italia tour, which in turn will create a more profound knowledge of Italy for the participants. Our association with the Italian Government Tourist Board will open more doors for the types of activities in which our group can participate. My goal is to create unparalleled experiences for this year’s tour and to build upon it annually.”

In addition to the strategic partnerships, Weaver wanted to instill a sense of social consciousness as part of the Bella Italia 2009. To that end, three percent of the proceeds of the tour will be donated to the Girl’s Town of Italy (www.cittadelleragazze.it), an organization that aids underprivileged homeless and hungry children, and orphans of war. “Most of the children come from countries that are politically and economically troubled, while many are subjected to human trafficking, slavery and abuse. The children’s stories are heartbreaking” says Weaver. The Bella Italia tour group will make the check presentation while in the country. Weaver believes that giving back will not only benefit Italy, but will also build a strong connection to the country for the Bellas.

The full tour schedule is as follows:
August 28, 2009 – Bon Voyage party – Los Angeles
September 2, 2009 – Depart USA for Italy
September 3, 2008 – Rome
September 6 – Pompeii/Naples/Sorrento
September 7 – Naples/Capri
September 8 – Sicily
September 11 – Depart Italy for USA

For more information on the 2009  Bella Italia tour, pricing and booking, please visit www.blackgirltravel.com/tours/BellaItalia2009.html or call 323.252.1779. Additionally, the website offers photos, video, and stories from previous tours.

About BlackGirlTravel.com 
BlackGirlTravel.com is a travel club created by and for extraordinary Black women. The goal is simple… to expose Black women to the beauty of the world and the world to the beauty of Black women. BlackGirlTravel.com creates unique customized tours and meeting programs for groups and individuals, designed for young at heart, well-heeled urbanites interested in exploring new lands while indulging in international cuisines, retail therapy, and exciting nightlife. There are no cookie cutter itineraries—each tour is custom designed for the group and its objectives. So, whether you are the seasoned traveler looking for something different or a newbie seeking the security of a group, BlackGirlTravel.com has a tour for you! These are not your grandmother’s tours
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Synthia SAINT JAMES Press Release

Internationally renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES will celebrate her 60th birthday and 40th anniversary as a professional artist in 2009.

According to SAINT JAMES her first birthday present was her licensing agreement with Barnes and Noble.  Look for merchandise featuring her artwork in their stores and on their website in February.
 
New to her palette is her Tuscany Series, inspired by a recent visit to this beautiful region in Italy.  To date the suite includes “A Taste of Tuscany”, “Tuscan Sunflowers”, “Cypress Grove”, and “Autumn Leaves”.
 
Her next destination will be the Turks and Caicos Islands, her new inspiration for a series of seascapes.  Which be added to her ever expanding Seascapes Revisited Series, inspired by her many trips to the Caribbean, Hawaiian, Tahitian and Fijian islands.
 
 
For more information please see info below.
 
Thank YOU!

 

Life is Magnificent! Accept, Release, Relax and EnJOY IT…
>^^<

Synthia SAINT JAMES
Atelier SAINT JAMES
P.O. Box 27683
Los Angeles, CA 90027/USA
323.993.5722
http://www.synthiasaintjames.com

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Winners of the Women of the African Diaspora Gifts

Our winners:

From the United States:
Shawnty Perry
Gift: Free six-session coaching package by Creating Tomorrow
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From the United Kingdom:
Carol Denis
Gift: Domain name and a year of the economy hosting plan by I-pavilion
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From the Netherlands Europe:
Chantal Cooper
Gift: Copy of Love Like Hallelujah by Lutishia Lovely
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European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008

 Send in by: Joyce van Genderen-Naar
Newsletter – Flagship Projects Special Edition
 

Dear readers,

Welcome

… to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008!

We want everyone to feel a part of EYID – as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 is known. That’s why we are sending out this newsletter. It gives you a close-up view of the latest news and upcoming events as well as debates and projects related to intercultural dialogue.

Seven pan-European flagship projects have been underway as centre-pieces of the EYID. This special edition of the newsletter focuses on what they have done, what they are still doing, and what is still to come.

If you’d like to share the story of what you’re doing to make EYID a success, send an email to info@dialogue2008.eu.

Enjoy it. It’s your Year!

The EYID team

Overview

Iyouwe SHARE THE WORLD – A concert to discover Europe’s cultures
Meeting the Other – borders, identities and cultures in the European space
TATAPUME – “Radiotherapy” about the history of migration in Europe
StrangerFestival – a video competition and festival for young people
Diversidad! What if European hip-hop had its own festival?
Alter Ego – Imagine you were born in another European country, who would you be?
Cultures from around the block

Iyouwe SHARE THE WORLD – A concert to discover Europe’s cultures

 

One of the pan-European projects of the European Year, “iyouwe SHARE THE WORLD”, will come to a climax on 3 December with a concert at the Cirque Royal in Brussels, as the storytellers and musicians from various cultures who all share the ideals of the project gather on stage, including Iva Bittová, the Roma musicians Trio Loyko, Natacha Atlas and the Mazeeka Ensemble, Marlène Dorcéna, and Dani Klein, from “Vaya con Dios”. This concert will be presented in several languages. And it will end with an original interpretation of the melody created by Yehudi Menuhin for his Foundation – which allows each musician to improvise, as well as joining in a common chorus linking the whole group.

iyouwe SHARE THE WORLD is a project that explores learning about the Other through tales and arts. Launched in January 2008, and run by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, it has involved 14 primary school classes in Hungary, Germany, France, Scotland, Belgium, Italy and Portugal.

Through an approach based on stories and art, and with the participation of the storyteller Hamadi, the children have been able to discover archetypes common to all cultures, and at the same time increase their awareness of cultural diversity. The project is also showing the value of promoting artistic teaching in primary schools as a way of increasing understanding of diversity.

 To read more, please click here.

Meeting the Other – borders, identities and cultures in the European space

 

On 20-21 October, in Barcelona, the project “Meeting the Other…” celebrated their closing event with focus on cultural journalism. Artists, intellectuals and journalists active in the project were invited to present and discuss the main results of the initiative. The event, organised by IeMed (the European Institute of the Mediterranean) and Babelmed, also featured the presentation of the intercultural virtual festival at www.babelmedfestival.net, which offers a virtual space for artists with a creative and conceptual approach to immigration to share their content and get their voice heard.

The project “Meeting the Other…” was conceived in July 2007 by Babelmed and eight European partners, as an attempt to overcome negative prejudice about migrants and to deploy culture in asserting the valuable contribution of migration. The project covered several fields such as research, journalistic content and creation. Its main objective was to highlight cultural and artistic expression inspired by migration, and to offer migrant creativity the space necessary for it to make its full contribution.

Visit the virtual festival at www.babelmedfestival.net and feel free to spread the word to artists working on issues related to immigration to join! The platform will continue to exist after the end of the European Year, as one of its legacies.

 To read more, please click here.

TATAPUME – “Radiotherapy” about the history of migration in Europe

 

Tatapume – “let’s talk!” in Greek – is what people say when they part. It is the same as the French “au revoir”, the English “see you”, the German “Auf Wiedersehen” or the Italian “arrivederci”. With one difference: instead of referring to seeing, as the others do, it refers to dialogue.

This is the perfect title to invite people to talk with the “Other”. It is not a matter of being politically correct, but because talking to a different person brings new opportunities. It may sometimes be difficult, but it will usually be rewarding. In the European year of intercultural dialogue, this project is trying to discover how far this readiness to talk to the Other is the true story of Europe. “Radiotherapy” against stereotypes!

Ten programmes about European history are being produced and broadcast by seven radio stations in seven European countries: Austria, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. The programmes are also available for free as a Podcast on the website www.tatapume.org, accompanied by bibliographies and full interviews with personalities from each country. They can be used as educational materials, presenting the topic from an original point of view, yet with a solid scientific background.

 To read more, please click here.

StrangerFestival – a video competition and festival for young people

 

The first edition of the StrangerFestival – Europe’s biggest event for young video-makers and fans – took place on 3–5 July at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Throughout the three days, more than 2.000 people from over 30 countries people joined the festival, which offered young video-makers a rich programme of workshops, debate sessions, master classes, exhibitions, parties and of course the spectacular StrangerAwards Show!

The StrangerFestival was open to everyone – fans, total amateurs and experienced video-makers. Leading up to the event, young people could share and submit their videos online for the StrangerFestival competition and also vote for their favourite works from the fellow competitors. On 5 July, the festival reached its climax when the winners of the Stranger competition – in four different categories, chosen by the public and professional juries – received their awards.

Just now, the best works are travelling with the StrangerExhibition and are shown in museums across Europe. All finalist films and the works created during the festival workshops can be seen on the StrangerFestival website at www.strangerfestival.com.

The StrangerFestival is a project initiated by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), which helps the arts to contribute to a strong, united and diverse Europe built on shared cultural values. It will continue beyond 2008, so stay tuned!

Diversidad! What if European hip-hop had its own festival?

 

While the European Football Championship 2008 was in full swing in Austria in June, another big European event took place in Vienna, as part of the DIVERSIDAD project. It brought together some of the best hip-hop artists in Europe – rappers, graffiti artists, and DJs – for three days of festivities, exchanges and creation at the hip culture place, the WUK.

European artists performing included the EYID Ambassador Abd al Malik, and IAM and La Caution from France; Baloji from Belgium; Curse from Germany; Sam the Kid from Portugal, Noora Noor from Norway, Texta from Austria, Colle der Fomento from Italy, Looptroop Rockers from Sweden, 7 Notas 7 Colores and Porta from Spain, and DJ’s Waxolutionists and Cut Ex from Austria. The event also featured the first Euro DJ Battle, under the banner of DIVERSIDAD.

But DIVERSIDAD is more than a music festival. The DIVERSIDAD project was thought up by the European Music Office (EMO) and the Diversités association in order to provide the players of the European urban culture with a platform for getting to know one another, sharing, creating and together founding a lasting bridge of exchanges. In order to allow European artists to network by working together on a common song, artists associated to the project got together in March 2008 for the recording of a joint DIVERSIDAD hip-hop single, which was uploaded on www.myspace.com/diversidadexperience. Here, other musicians could remix it and upload it – the first pan-European hip-hop platform.

For more information and to listen to the single as well as to watch the video clip, please visit www.myspace.com/diversidadexperience.

Alter Ego – Imagine you were born in another European country, who would you be?

 

The 44 winners of the “Alter Ego” dual portrait competition for young people have now been announced! The challenge for competitors was for each of them to imagine who they would be if they had been born in another European country and to create a dual portrait – a picture of themselves with their “alter ego”, a person from another cultural heritage. By 15 September more than 750 of these portraits were submitted online at www.alterego-europe.eu, using film, photography, painting, music or mixed-media.

Two entries were chosen from each of the 22 participating European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK). The winners will soon be heading off for the artistic workshop camp in Denmark at the end of November, where they will receive a week’s training by 14 renowned European artists. The selected work will also be part of an exhibition touring throughout Europe from January to March 2009.

Alter Ego project is organised by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in the framework of the European Year. To see the winning entries, please visit www.alterego-europe.eu.

Cultures from around the block

 

“Cultures from around the block” is a photo and video project for young people that aims to rediscover the character of local communities in large European cities. Its highpoint was an intercultural festival in Prague in October – the Dialogue of Cultures festival, where schoolchildren from across Europe showed the local media projects they had created in photography, sound, written word or film, and took part in debates, workshops, concerts and exhibitions.

Throughout the project, partners from Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Coventry, Offenbach, Prague and Warsaw have shared their work, promoting interaction and communication that helps break down cultural stereotypes. In addition, a documentary film entitled “Your Street. My Street” and a website about local integration were created based on the media items from local workshops. Now, via the website www.europeancity.cz, it is possible to take a vivid “virtual stroll” through European cultural diversity in local neighbourhoods.

The project brought together young people from different ethnic groups living in the same city and, through media workshops that documented their surroundings, helped promote intercultural dialogue and build long-lasting ties.

 To read more, please click here.

Visit:

www.dialogue2008.eu

The EYID Team

European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Culture

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The Real Value of Inspiration – My Journey With Barack Obama

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The Real Value of Inspiration – My Journey With Barack Obama


A new website has been created dedicated to America’s President-Elect, Barack Obama, with a big difference. It follows Obama’s fortunes and frailties in his election campaign through the eyes of a British writer, Elaine Sihera (Ms Cyprah), from a uniquely Black British perspective. Well known in minority communities in the UK, and the most quoted British woman on the Internet, Elaine had a personal crisis which coincided with the duration of Obama’s campaign and has led to this amazing website (www.barackobama-andme.com) which carries the title:

My Journey with Barack Obama.

The unique informative website begins the narrative from the time the Senator launched his campaign in Illinois, through to the primaries and his nomination and election. A pioneering achiever in her own right who shares Obama’s motivational ideals, and a champion for ‘ageing disgracefully’, Elaine was so empowered by the campaign, she even went to the Illinois Obama HQ in Chicago during election week to help on the phones getting the vote out and was also in Grant Park as a guest on election night shouting ‘Yes We Can!’ with everyone else. An experience she describes as ‘more than magical’.


The striking, colourful website, which is packed with eye catching photographs, inspirational quotes, presidential quotes, widgets for up-to-date news, useful links, Barack’s books, fun games and the articles themselves, each one matching the progress of the campaign, opens with the following introduction
:

“This is a personal tribute to Barack Obama, President-Elect of the United States of America, consisting of all the articles I have written on him since he launched his campaign in 2007. Being rather ill throughout his campaign, I journeyed with him from my computer. I am a Type 2 diabetic whose body suddenly decided in March 2007 to reject all my medication. Having such an inspiring and motivating person to focus upon helped my tenacity and resilience in dealing with my personal crisis. perhaps far more than I can ever realise. I was told I was unique in Britain for such a condition, but just, for once, I wanted to be like everyone else!
 

My Journey with Barack Obama is a very absorbing and unusual site which Elaine hopes will be ‘a living archive’ with continuous articles throughout Obama’s presidency. She noted that because she did not have to write to deadlines, or for anyone in particular, she was able to be more honest, forthright and partisan in her comments. She also writes for the ‘ordinary voter’ to understand and appreciate the issues, in a simple, personal and engaging style.Elaine is hoping to make it to the Inauguration in Washington DC in order to comment on that too. “That would be the icing on the cake,” she said excitedly, “though I don’t know how I’ll be doing it y
From the first section ‘A New Candidate’ (Feb-Dec. 2008):
*Does the Audacity of Barack Obama Carry Lessons for Britain?

http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage.html#Does%20the%20Audacity%20of%20Barack%20Obama%20Carry%20Lessons%20for%20Britain? :
“I remained very poorly and weak for the rest of 2007 while doctors carefully tried other medicines and injections, none of which worked. I recovered slightly for three months at the start of the new year, then worsened again between April and July 2008. Since then, there has been some steady improvement, fingers crossed. The difference in output for the two years was stark: only 14 articles written on Barack in 2007 compared to over 100 in 2008! I think I am still here to create this website because of Obama’s catchy campaign slogan, YES WE CAN!
 

 

“June of 2007, in particular, when the surgery nurse offered to call an ambulance because she feared I was heading into a coma, despite the fact that I was on tons of insulin, the words YES I CAN! kept ringing inside me. When I was too weak and lethargic to do anything, YES I CAN! propelled itself in front of me and when I felt exceedingly low, unwanted and missed my children terribly, YES I CAN! danced challengingly in front of my gaze. I could not fail to see the irony of our situation. He was there chasing a seemingly impossible dream and I was simply chasing my life, trying to stop it from leaving me……

Easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and packed with fascinating observations, insights and steadfast predictions, 

 “June of 2007, in particular, when the surgery nurse offered to call an ambulance because she feared I was heading into a coma, despite the fact that I was on tons of insulin, the words YES I CAN! kept ringing inside me. When I was too weak and lethargic to do anything, YES I CAN! propelled itself in front of me and when I felt exceedingly low, unwanted and missed my children terribly, YES I CAN! danced challengingly in front of my gaze. I could not fail to see the irony of our situation. He was there chasing a seemingly impossible dream and I was simply chasing my life, trying to stop it from leaving me……

Easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and packed with fascinating observations, insights and steadfast predictions,
et!”Examples of the 120 items included on the website are the following:

 

From ‘The Primaries’ (March-May 2008):
*Can people ignore race issues in the 2008 elections?
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage2.html#Can%20people%20ignore%20race%20issues%20in%20the%202008%20elections? 

 

*Why it is time for Jeremiah Wright to ‘shut his gob’, as we Brits would say
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage2.html#Why%20it%20is%20time%20for%20Jeremiah%20Wright%20to%20’shut%20his%20gob’,%20as%20we%20Brits%20would%20say 
  

 

The Real Reason Barack Obama is Confounding the Pundits
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage2.html#The%20Real%20Reason%20Barack%20Obama%20is%20Confounding%20the%20Pundits 

 

From ‘The Battle Begins’ (Sept-Oct. 2008):
*Three Key Reasons Why The 2008 American Elections Are Making History
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage4.html#Three%20Key%20Reasons%20Why%20The%202008%20American%20Elections%20Are%20Making%20History 

 

*Barack Obama on Hurricane Gustav: Why he is so different from other politicians
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage4.html#Barack%20Obama%20on%20Hurricane%20Gustav:%20Why%20he%20is%20so%20different%20from%20other%20politicians

From: Journey to Chicago (Oct-Nov. 2008):

 

*Why the notion of valuing true diversity is a false and uncomfortable one!
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage5.html#Why%20the%20notion%20of%20valuing%20true%20diversity%20is%20a%20false%20and%20uncomfortable%20one! 

 

From: American Election Day (4 November 2008):
*First to Vote at The Polls: A Moving Experience (Day 6) – Live from Chicago!
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage10.html#First%20to%20Vote%20at%20The%20Polls:%20A%20Moving%20Experience%20(Day%206)%20-%20Live%20from%20Chicago!

 

*Victory, Grant Park, high emotions and a brand new President… wowwowwow!! (Day 7)…Live from Chicago!
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage10.html#Victory,%20Grant%20Park,%20high%20emotions%20and%20a%20brand%20new%20President…%20wowwowwow!!%20(Day%207)…Live%20from%20Chicago!

 

From: The New President-Elect (Nov-Dec. 2008):
*Barack Obama has proven it beyond a doubt: We need only three things to succeed in life
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage12.html#Barack%20Obama%20has%20proven%20it%20beyond%20a%20doubt:%20We%20need%20only%20three%20things%20to%20succeed%20in%20life 

 

*Will Barack Obama Be a Victim of The “Thatcher Effect”?
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage12.html#Will%20Barack%20Obama%20Be%20a%20Victim%20of%20The%20Thatcher%20Effect? 

 

*Obama And The Media: What Press Bias?
http://www.barackobama-andme.com/gpage12.html#Obama%20And%20The%20Media:%20What%20Press%20Bias?

 

My Journey with Barack Obama can be accessed on http://www.barackobama-andme.com .

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 4TH WAAD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, ABUJA, NIGERIA (AUGUST 3-8, 2009)

 

 

 

4th Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD)

International Conference on

 

Education, Gender & Sustainable Development

in the Age of Globalization

 

Abuja, Nigeria (August 3-8, 2009)

 

Professor Obioma Nnaemeka, Convener

E-mail: waadconf@iupui.edu; website: http://www.waadconf.org

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

BACKGROUND

For over a decade, the WAAD conferences have provided the space for researchers, students, policy makers, activists, women and men of different races, religious persuasions and ideological leanings to engage in vigorous and fruitful debates on issues relating to women in Africa and the African Diaspora.

The first WAAD conference held in Nsukka, a small university town in rural Nigeria, gathered over 700 researchers, activists, policy makers, and students from five continents. The conference generated ten-volume proceedings of over 200 original papers and saw the beginning of the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS).

The second WAAD conference, held in Indianapolis (USA) in 1998, gathered hundreds of participants from 35 countries and 48 national and international organizations. The third conference in Madagascar was equally very well attended. The WAAD conference has succeeded in putting in place forward-looking strategies for continuing its work—it maintains a global network and has published three volumes of selected papers.

 

THEME (Education, Gender & Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization)

The 4th WAAD interdisciplinary conference will provide opportunities for constituencies inside and outside the academy—researchers, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, professionals, and students from various disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, professional schools, etc.—to discuss the education of women and girls in Africa and the African Diaspora and explore its relationship to sustainable development in a rapidly globalizing, complex world. How can the acquisition of different forms of knowledge guarantee women’s participation in ensuring that today’s growth does not jeopardize the growth and possibilities of future generations and that “development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”?  

What role would indigenous knowledge play in women’s participation? In disciplinary terms, the conference will examine the central role the arts and humanities can and must play in the global knowledge economy and their relevance to development discourses and practice. How can humanistic studies dialogue with scientific studies in addressing global issues such as social and environmental justice, gender/social inequality and knowledge gap, and education for 21st century global citizenship?

 

SUBTHEMES

Autobiographies and Biographies

Capacity-building and Leadership

Civil Society, NGOs and Transnational Activism

Creativity (Oral & Written Traditions), Artistic Expressions and Development

Curricular Development and Reform

Democratization and Women’s Participation

Educating against War and Militarization

Volunteerism, Civil Engagement and Global Citizenship

Education Policy, Teacher Education, and National Development

Energy, Mineral Wealth and National Security

Engendering the Disciplines

Entrepreneurship and Small/Medium-size Businesses

Feminist/Womanist Interventions

Gendered Inequalities and Access to Education

Gendered Spaces and the Diaspora Question

Global Financial Institutions and Women in Developing Countries

Health, Medical Sciences and Health Education

Gendered Violence, Human Rights and Social Justice

Libraries and Archives

Mobilization and Transnational Social Movements

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture, and Food Security

Preserving the Environment, Saving Our Planet

Religion, Culture, and Indigenous Knowledge

Skills-Training and Economic Independence

Communications, Technology and the Digital Divide

The Economy and Global Capital

The Humanities, Development, and Globalization

Understanding Gender and Global Africa

Women in Higher Education: Research, Teaching and Administration

Youth Engaging Development Strategies

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Forms for paper, panel, roundtable and workshop proposals are available on the conference website: www.waadconf.org. Send as e-mail attachments the completed proposal form, abstract and curriculum vitae (as Word documents) by FEBRUARY 15, 2009 to the Convener at waadconf@iupui.edu. Selected papers will be published.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration form and fee schedule are available at the conference website: www.waadconf.org. All presenters whose proposals have been accepted must pre-register by MARCH 15, 2009 for their names to appear on the conference program.

 

CONTACT

Professor Obioma Nnaemeka, Convener

2009 WAAD Conference

Department of World Languages & Cultures

Indiana University

425 University Boulevard

Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

Phone: 317-278-2038; Fax: 317-278-7375

E-mail: waadconf@iupui.edu; Website: www.waadconf.org

 

 

 

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