International Colloquium

August 24-26, 2022

Regional Headquarters
The University of the West Indies
UWI/UNILAG Joint Institute of African and Diaspora Studies
Office of Global Affairs


African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank

in Collaboration with, PANAFSTRAG, Lagos, Nigeria



Much of the early research and studies on Africa was done by Europeans, who created westernized frameworks for the understanding of the continent’s historic, religious, social, intellectual, scientific, aesthetic and cultural situations, issues and challenges. Since then, there have been several initiatives by Africans and persons of African descent globally to own their (own/his/her) stories and narratives. Institutes of African Studies were established in Africa at the time when most African countries were becoming independent as an attempt to recover lost ground. The areas of study broadened into philosophical, social, political, religious, economic, cultural and aesthetic issues, with the objective of African Scholars being to present Africa on their own terms. In the 1960s, there were movements in the USA (and later Canada) that aimed to cover the void in areas of African-American ourstory, literature and culture. Recently, Institutes for African Studies have increased in number in Europe, and a few Centres have emerged in

Latin American countries have largely remained behind in these developments – with the exceptions of Brazil and Cuba –and attempts to institutionalize these issues within Universities and Research Institutions have been stunted for lack of resources. There is a need to create a viable and sustainable platform for Academics, Policy Makers, Administrators and African Descendants generally in Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss and plan structured, institutional approaches to establishing, increasing and enhancing rigorous multi-and interdisciplinary Global African Studies programmes in these regions.

In recognition of this need, the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB), in collaboration with other institutions listed above will be holding a colloquium from August 24-26, 2022, under the theme:

Global African Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean to Inform Ourstorical (sans doctrinaire Historical), Cultural, Educational and Policy Structures: Past, Present and Future.

We invite Researchers, Intellectuals, Faculty Members and Students to submit papers and panel proposals that explore the following sub-theme areas:

• Incorporation of Global African Studies into Secondary and Tertiary Curricula;
• Public Policy and the Establishment of Public Institutions for Global African Studies;
• Issues of Identity in the African Diaspora;
• Indigenous Religions and Cultural Dialogue;
• Lessons from current Latin American and Caribbean Global African Studies Institutes;
• Global Africanism in the 21st century;
• Indigenous knowledges and education about pandemics and natural
• Trade, Finance and Community of Global Africa;
• Reparations, Restitutions, Reparations;
• Opportunities for co-operation Global African Digital Economy including Digital E-Commerce: Challenges and Opportunities;
• Global African Creative Industries and Tourism;
• Building Global African Synergy;
• Global Indigenous Religions of Africa Dialogue;
• Global African Healthcare Systems and Humanitarian Affairs - with Indigenous Knowledge, Research and Education;
• Global African Migration, Labour and Employment;
• Global Indigenous Music of Africa;
• Global Indigenous Family Practices of Africa;
• Indigenous African Governance Practices and Accountability;
• Prevention and Deterrence of Crimes and Drugs;
• Sharing Expertise and Experience for Collaboration; and
• Establishing a Developmental Platform for a Sustainable Environment, and Governance.

Participants are also welcome to submit paper and panel proposals on other themes related to Global African Studies for consideration. For those proposing panels, please, ensure that there are at least four presenters on the proposed panel and try to incorporate geographic diversity and representation, where feasible, as well as gender diversity amongst Panelists.


Participants are to submit a 250-word (max) abstract and a brief bio or CV (combined into one document) by December 15, 2021.

Those whose papers are selected will be notified by February 9, 2022. Selected participants will be asked to make a 20-min presentation and participate in a panel discussion.

This symposium will have a blended modality in anticipation that there may continue to be restrictions in keeping with global health realities- so both in person and virtual presentations will be accommodated.

Additional Information:

1. The sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the ACIJ/JMB’s YouTube and social media pages.

2. Conference fees, programme schedule and other related information will be provided by January 31, 2022.


For submission of abstracts, panel proposals and more information, please contact:

Ms. Kesia Weise, Senior Research Fellow, at

Prof. John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji:;
PANAFSTRAG Secretariat:

a) We anticipate sponsorship of aspects of our Colloquium, as well as for the publication of selected papers from the Colloquium.
b) Subject to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, tours of heritage sites, tourism experience and community engagement will be incorporated.
c) Hotel, travel and entertainment information will be provided at a later date.

We are exploring Consular Advisory as we receive guidance from our stakeholders.