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NEWS: Call for abstracts - ACUSAfrica Ghana Conference

The Advancing Critical University Studies Across Africa (ACUSAfrica) network is excited to announce its 2023 conference on the theme “Charging towards critical canons of knowledge production in the African university” to be held in Accra, Ghana from the 11th to the 13th of October.

The announcement and concept note can be found here:

ACUSAfrica Colloquium - 2023 Announcement_For Circulation
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Call for Provocations

Provocations in any format (individual or panel) are welcomed from academics, practitioners, activists and students, etc., for an engagement at the conference on the challenges outlined above, while developing the network as a community of practice. Provocations, particularly analytical, theoretical, and applied, but not limited to the following thematic areas, are welcomed:

  • Canons and registers across disciplines

  • Critical pedagogical praxes

  • African theories and Southern epistemes

  • African agencies

  • Emancipatory student imaginaries

  • Imaginations of symbiotic sites for knowledge creation

  • Technological possibilities and pitfalls in reimagining CUS in Africa

Please click here if you would like to submit a 300-word abstract proposing a provocation, discussion, panel, book launch or other contribution.

  • Submission of abstracts: 16 June 2023

  • Notification of acceptance: from 7 July 2023

  • Submission of full papers (6000 words) or other contribution: 15 September 2023

This hybrid conference will be held from 11-13 October 2023 at the Institution of Statistical Social and Economic Research Conference Hall, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

The Conference will be organised by the University of Ghana, Queen’s University Belfast and Nelson Mandela University, with partial funding from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).

The ACUSAfrica network aims to advance Critical University Studies (CUS) across Africa in dialogue with scholarship from the Global South. Underpinning our work is the endeavour to find ‘other’ ways to study universities capable of thinking plural forms of emancipatory higher education imaginations and futures across Africa.

The 2023 conference will locate the network’s formative questions within the context of critical thought surrounding canons and registers of knowledge production in the African university. The conference seeks to set the pace for leveraging location and sources of teaching and learning to programmatically

advance CUS across the continent.

For more information, please contact Michael Akagbor at


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