CONFERENCES About Africa and African Studies

Posted on 6 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , |

Looking for conferences that are either located in, or focused on, Africa and African studies? An updated list of up-coming conferences related to the African region can be found at:

You will not necessarily find conferences specifically focused on disability issues on this page. But some exploration could lead you to conferences where it could be possible for presenters to submit papers and workshop proposals that would allow you to bring a disability dimension to an otherwise mainstream conference. This could offer opportunities for disability-oriented professionals to bring a disability rights message, and the concerns of people with disabilities, to conference participants who might not ordinarily take disability issues into account in their daily work.

A few examples of upcoming conferences that could possibly lend themselves to incorporating a disability dimension include: a November 2008 conference on research into HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis (does this include research into how these diseases impact people with disabilities differently?); a November 2008 forum for African business leaders (what of disabled business leaders?); a February 2009 conference on South-South cooperation, focused on Africa (presenters could try submitting proposals for workshops focused on cooperation among African nations focused on disability issues); a March 2009 conference on globalization and human rights in the developing world (this would be an obvious place to submit proposals related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and more.

For more upcoming conferences related to Africa, explore the links offered at

People interested in participating in any of these conferences will need to contact conference organizers directly, NOT We Can Do. This is obviously of particular importance for any one who would need disability-related accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, Braille materials, etc. With some of the conferences you might need to work in coordination with other people with disabilities to advocate for your needs.

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