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Invitation to an International Conference


Philosophical Perspectives on Africa and the Global Change



Department of Philosophy

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Awka, Nigeria

November 15-17, 2011






As momentous changes continue to redefine the concepts of understanding and the structures of political, cultural and economic relations in our world, individuals, nations and regions of the world continue adjusting their positions and perceptions while jostling for advantaged positions in the unfolding international order. Africa, with the unenviable twin attributes of cradle and nadir of civilization, is continuously confronted with challenging choices for development or underdevelopment. The occasion of the 2011 World Philosophy Day offers a good opportunity for scholars and professionals from all fields to examine the evolving scenario from the multiple dimensions of the various disciplines and practices in search of a comprehensive picture of the emerging world and particularly of the African situation and prospects.


The Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington DC, USA, is happy to invite you to a conference in celebration of the 2011 UNESCO World Philosophy Day on the theme: "Philosophical Perspectives on Africa and the Global Change"


Ø      Conceptualizing the Global Change

Ø      Philosophy, Democracy and the Global Change

Ø      Poverty and the Forces of Change

Ø      Terrorism, Militarism and Concepts of Change

Ø      The North African Revolutions: Philosophical Interpretations

Ø      World Government: Revisiting an Age-Old Utopia

Ø      Language Hegemony: Implications for African Philosophy

Ø      Globalization, Multiculturalism and Global Dialogue

Ø      Intercultural Philosophy and Dialogue of Cultures

Ø      Global Change and Global North-South Relations

Ø      Education, Culture and Perceptions of Identity

Ø      Globalization, Information Technology and Cybercrime

Ø      Nation State, Sovereignty and International Law

Ø      Global Change, Belief Systems and Religious Forces

Ø      Literary Africa, African Literature and the Winds of Change


In the plethora of sub-themes that invite the various disciplines of human learning to the feast of philosophy, the underlying wonder or worry is basically the concern with values: what is the undergirding principle or value propelling the current change? This throws up such implicated concerns as: what is the global wave of change doing to the established values of humankind in the particular cultures as in the universal fundaments of being human? And how shall we respond in the wake of the ensuing crisis of consciousness of being? This fundamental concern about the consequences of the global change for the essential and conventional values of human existence also serves as the integrating philosophic framework for the various perspectives and approaches that will be brought to bear on the central theme of the conference 


Date: 15 - 17 November, 2011

Venue:  Postgraduate School Auditorium, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

Conference Fee:  $120.00


Abstracts of not more than 250 words typed in Times New Roman, 12 font size should be submitted towphildayunizik@yahoo.com and copy philosophy@unizik.edu.ng not later than 15 October, 2011. Scholars are requested to send abstracts from their personal email addresses to facilitate feedback.



a) The LOC will provide accommodation and feeding for registered participants during the conference. 

b) Papers presented at the Conference shall be reviewed for publication by the CRVP, Washington DC., USA.

c) The Proceedings of the last UNESCO World Philosophy Day @ UNIZIK will be presented at the Conference




Rev. Fr. Prof. J. Obi Oguejiofor                                                                     

Chairman, LOC +2348037212167 


Prof. Ike Odimegwu

Head of Department



Mr. Arinze Agbanusi 

Secretary, LOC  +2348030842070








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