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SOS African History Conference

Within the framework of the SOS African History programme, CODESRIA has committed itself to, among other things, convening an annual thematic conference on critical themes in the history of Africa of which two have been successfully organised.

The inaugural conference on African History was held on the 27th- 29th of October 2008 in Kampala, Uganda, on the theme Re-Reading the History and Historiography of Domination and Resistance in Africa while the second, on the theme: Writing the History of Women in Africa: Past, Present and Future was held in Nairobi Kenya on the 18th-20th of October 2009.

The conferences have drawn participants from all over Africa (Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, D R Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe) and the Diaspora. More importantly, the key note address presentations of eminent historians such as Late Prof Emeritus Adiele Afigbo, Prof Thierno Bah and Prof Penda Mbow have enhanced the quality of the conference as a platform for the sharing of experiences and mentoring, networking and smooth inter-generational transfer of skills and leadership within the community of historians in Africa and the Diaspora.

The inaugural SOS African History conference in Kampala, Uganda produced a working document, the Kampala Declaration on African History, to guide the SOS African History initiative in its efforts to promote the study of history in Africa. The declaration underlined CODESRIA’s belief in the importance of History and historians by calling on African governments and peoples, without exception, to recognize the organic nexus between their history and culture on the one hand and their identity and self worth on the other and to do whatever is necessary to give full attention to studying and living their history and culture.

To see if there is currently a call for participation for a conference organized within the framework of the SOS African History Conference, please consult the Announcements section.

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