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UGA’s African Studies Institute to present annual conference on Africa, its diaspora

Athens, Ga. – The African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia will present the Second Annual International Conference on Africa and its Diaspora, or AICAID 2013, Nov. 13-15 in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Featured speakers for the three-day conference on “Africans and Globalization: Contents and Discontents” will include Mamadou Diawara of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and Charity Angya of Benue State University in Nigeria.

The AICAID 2013 conference will build on the foundation laid during the first conference held in November 2012 as part of the 25th anniversary of African studies at UGA. Participants from North America, Europe, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa will present more than 100 papers at the conference.

“It is hoped that the conference will, once again, offer a forum for intensive exchanges between scholars, researchers and technocrats from various disciplines working in Africa and the African Diaspora,” said Akinloye Ojo, director of the UGA African Studies Institute and associate professor in the department of comparative literature in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Globalization continue to impact millions of people worldwide—and none more acutely than the diverse populations within Africa.”

Diawara, a professor of anthropology at Goethe University, will deliver the keynote address on “Facing the Global: Intellectual Property Right and Its Discontent in Africa” on Nov. 14 at 8 a.m. in the Georgia Center’s Mahler Auditorium. Angya, a professor of theatre and drama and vice chancellor of Benue State University, will be the plenary speaker Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m., speaking on the topic of “Globalization, Gender and Women’s Affairs in Africa.”

AICAID 2013 is made possible by support from the President’s Venture Fund, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the UGA Graduate School, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Office of International Education, the School of Social Work, the College of Education, the Institute for African American Studies and the High Hodgson School of Music.

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