Virtual Symposium: Celebrating 50 Years of Ufahamu

Virtual Symposium: Celebrating 50 Years of Ufahamu

Friday, October 30, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Virtual Symposium

Friday, October 30, 2020

8 am – 4:30 pm PST

via Zoom

Link will be distributed in advance


Since its establishment in 1970, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies has been dedicated to providing a space for sharing, promoting, and advancing knowledge emanating from and about the African continent.  In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Ufahamu is pleased to host its first-ever virtual symposium exploring questions of the journal’s past and present, and possibilities for its future.

Call for Papers: 

We invite former and current members of the Ufahamu editorial team, authors, contributors, readers, and supporters to join virtually for live online discussions about the journal's founding, history, and significance.  In the midst of this current pandemic and global crisis, it is as important as ever to come together to reflect on the benefits and challenges faced by a community of scholars and artists such as ours.

Ufahamu seeks proposals for presentations that address histories and narratives that investigate the following questions: how might we examine the creation and growth of scholarly spaces and intellectual communities devoted to the study of Africa and African Diasporas?  To what extent can knowledge sharing platforms bridge academic divides and geographic distances?  We encourage interested speakers from across academic disciplines and creative fields to submit abstracts for papers, commentaries, or analyses that expand on these questions and probe others as we enter into a new decade of the journal’s future.

To apply, please send a 300-word abstract of your paper by email to by July 1, 2020.


More Information about the Virtual Symposium:

Selected Papers:

Speakers will each be allotted 15 minutes to present their selected paper.  Longer versions of the papers presented are expected to be published in Ufahamu in 2021.

Attending the Symposium:

A conference program, including the keynote speakers, roundtable, and panels, will be announced in September 2020.  Registration will follow.  Before you attend, please make sure you have the Zoom application installed on your computer and that you have a good internet connection and working audio.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to

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