The increase of information communication technologies is
steadily making inroads into the slow changing of
traditional African lifestyles. The pace of such
technological invasion is unprecedented and rapidly
increasing. Local communities are finding themselves playing
a catch-up game in an ever changing landscape of technology.
The problematic, as we conceptualize it, is that where as
the African sub Continent is receiving and absorbing values
purveyed in different media channels, she is contributing
little or nothing by way of adding to values consumed. The
Africans are net absorbers of values created and packaged
from afar. Whether we are absorbing Hollywood films or
soccer matches from European leagues or even literary
sources and researches, the pattern is the same; the
Africans are receiving and savoring values of others and not
portraying African values in return.
- What challenges do we encounter when communities with high
levels of illiteracy (and poverty) are subjected to
relentless value bombardment from the developed West?
- How is this one-sided flow of values going to affect sub
Saharan value development?
- What strategies can sub Saharan states deploy to reverse
- Does it make sense (in a globalised world) to care what
values different communities contribute or consume?
- Is it sufficient to take whatever values we encounter and
do the best we can with them?
- Are there internal weaknesses which predispose third world
communities to relentless value bombardment without adequate
means to fight back?
These and similar questions are the ones which we think
international philosophers can reflect on and see which way
Africa and similarly placed underdeveloped societies can
fair in the brave new world.
Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Professsor Edward
by April 20, 2017. Full papers sent
by June 30, 2017 will be considered to be published by the
RVP in its publication series "Cultural Heritage and