African Regional Conference on Humanities

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, 1 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Mali, Bamako
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Marema Touré Thiam, m.toure-thiam@unesco.org

The Government of Mali will host an African Conference on Humanities on the theme "Languages, Cultures, history and territories" in Bamako, from 28 June to 1 July 2017, held in preparation of the World Humanities Conference (Liège, Belgium, 6-12 August 2017).

The African Conference will prepare the contribution of Africa and answer specific African questions. Like the World Humanities Conference, its main objective is to study how the Humanities contribute or may contribute at national, regional and international levels to measure, understand and better manage the cultural transformations that are expressed in economic, social and environmental dimensions related to the progressive globalization of exchanges.

Sub-themes will be as follows:

- Languages, Cultures and Education: cultural heritage, colonial school and language blockages, indigenous and local knowledge education and the need for universal knowledge;
- History, territories, migration and conflicts: ancient traditions of travel, migration within and between States, conflict and identity shocks, exploitation of resources and international migration;
- Democracy, institutional Crises and religious radicalism.

To better contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the World Humanities Conference, the African Conference on Humanities will reflect on these issues with a particular focus on the factors that are opposed to the influence of humanities in Africa, including institutional arrangements that could be considered to allow them to play their full intellectual role. In view of the importance of the issues discussed, interest in them, the diversity of responses that they can involve in different countries, disciplines and intellectual orientations, the Bamako African Conference has the vocation to constitute the time beacon of a wider African discussion and consultation process in time and in space. In Bamako, and in Liège, the Conference will ensure a truly inclusive and pluralistic African contribution to global thinking on the future of the humanities.