Call for Papers: “Towards the African Renaissance” G-PAC, Mboka Festival (Deadline: 23 December)

‘Towards the African Renaissance’
The Global Pan-African Conference (G-PAC)
The Gambia
25 – 26 May 2020.

We are delighted to share this call for papers for the inaugural Gambia-based Global Pan-African Conference 2020, which commemorates the 120th anniversary of the first Pan African conference, organised by Henry Sylvester Williams in London. Gambia-based Global Pan-African Conference launches in 2020 tackling governance, women, arts and culture, youth and diaspora.

The conference’s aims and objectives are informed by the Africa Union Commission document, “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”, using UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as reference material and a partner in sustainable development. G-PAC aims to contribute to the Pan-African driven agenda set in the “Africa We Want” document and focuses on how The Gambia can play its part locally, regionally, continentally and internationally. The conference also seeks to explore how The Gambian people can benefit from African integration.

The conference organisers invite contributors that engage with issues around governance, women, arts and culture, youth and diaspora, and relate to:
-Aspiration 2: An integrated content, political united, based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance.
-Aspiration 3: An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law.
-Aspiration 5: An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics.
-Aspiration 6: An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.

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You still have time to submit a paper based on issues around governance, women, arts and culture, youth and diaspora. Deadline for abstracts is Monday 23rd December, 2019.

The G-PAC conference will take place on alternate years at the same time, each year. In 2020 the conference will be held at Metzy Residence Hotel, Senegambia.

Three organisations, Camp Africa, SABLE Publications and Yaram Arts who work towards cultural and economic development and empowerment through arts, culture and sport, joined their skills, experience and resources together for the Mboka Festival. The aim was to create a rich festival of possibilities for visitors and Gambian citizens alike, to experience Gambian culture and customs, new ones and those steeped in tradition. The festival aims to build towards a positive and peaceful and fruitful future that local Gambian can benefit from and visitors can experience.

The organisers will announce speakers and full programme in early 2020. Meanwhile, save the conference date: 25-26 May, 2020, and find out more about Mboka Festival via the website:

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GPAC is organised by Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport, a UK/Gambia consortium of organisations, Camp Africa, Sable Publications and Yaram Arts.


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