Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy


The Queen's Community in Scholarly Research on Africa and the African Diaspora

March 26, 2015
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202, Queen's University

What:   This is a two-part symposium. The conference portion will include 20 speakers, an estimated 100 participants, and a keynote address by Dr. George Sefa Dei. The conference is FREE and students, faculty, and the public are encouraged to attend any/all of the conference. The program can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/qasn/queens-africa-day-symposium/qad-preliminary-program ?. The conference will be followed by a banquet  with music and visual art, and presentation of conference awards.

Purpose:   Africa Day aims to increase awareness of, and promote, the current involvement of the Queen's community in academic work (by undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers) pertaining to Africa and African Diapsoric Studies. The event is also aimed at fostering dialogue between Queen's students, faculty, and staff, and the wider Queen's and Kingston communities through presentations and posters on important themes ranging from health and human security, to LGBTQ and environmental issues, to democracy and good governance. 

The Africa Day Symposium will also include a dinner and a celebration of African arts and cultures through musical performances and other artistic media. 

Keynote Address:  George Sefa Dei, OISE, University of Toronto, on "Advancing the Spirit of Knowledge Sharing, Reciprocity, and 'Giving Back' in Africana Studies: Practical Strategies of Academic Mentorship" 

Banquet with Music and Visual Art:   With performances including The West African Percussion Ensembles, Poet Yema Quinn, Poet Daniel Quainoo, and DJ Chris Akol. Location: Sydenham  Street United Church (82 Sydenham Street, Kingston). Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Students; $10 Children (12 and under). Tickets will be for sale at the ARC, Wednesday, March 25th from 10:30-12pm, at the conference, and at the door.

Sponsors:  Queen's Human Rights Office (H.R.O.), Positive Space, CFRC, Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), African and Caribbean Students' Association (A.C.S.A.), Queen's Black Academic Society (Q.B.A.S.), the departments of Geography, Global Development Studies, and Political Studies, the Political Studies Speaker Series, and the Queen's Alumni Association.