International Research Conference on Contemporary African Realities: University of Ghana Set to Deal With Migration Dynamics

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The College of Humanities at the University of Ghana is set to host the 6th International Research Conference from May 15 to May 17, 2024. Under the theme “Navigating Borders: Migration, Im/mobility, Displacement, and Inequalities in Contemporary Africa,” the conference aims to unravel the intricate dimensions of migration in Africa, exploring its historical, socio-political, economic, and cultural aspects.

The conference will feature a prominent panel focusing on issues related to political migrants, gender, and the economic, cultural, and historical dimensions of migration. Scholars from diverse disciplines will delve into these topics to provide a holistic understanding of the complexities surrounding migration within and beyond the African continent.

Key themes for discussion include, Historical/Contemporary Perspectives on Migration in Africa; Economic Inequalities and Migration Decisions; Cultural Dimensions of Migration; Gender and Migration in Africa; Conflict, Displacement, and Refugees in Africa; Policy Responses to Migration and Displacement in Africa.

These themes will trace the historical context of migration in Africa, shedding light on patterns from pre-colonial times to the present. The objective is to understand how historical movements have shaped current migration trends. The economic drivers of migration will be scrutinized, exploring how wealth disparities, employment opportunities, and developmental gaps within African countries influence migration decisions.

The cultural implications of migration, how identities, traditions, and social structures are impacted by the movement of people, including the role of technology in maintaining cultural connections, will also be examined.

Gendered aspects of migration, focusing on the differing experiences of men and women will address the feminization of migration, gender-specific challenges faced by migrants, and the influence of migration on family structures. While delving into the complex relationship between conflict, displacement, and migration, will focus on refugee movements within and outside Africa. It aims to examine the humanitarian, legal, and political challenges faced by displaced populations.

Researchers interested in presenting at the panel are required to submit a 300-word summary. Each panel should comprise a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers aligned with one of the sub-themes. Abstract submissions must be made by December 31, 2023.

This conference promises to be a pivotal platform for scholars to engage in a multidisciplinary exploration of migration’s diverse facets in contemporary Africa, fostering a deeper understanding and dialogue on this critical global issue.

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