Binghamton University to host New York African Studies Association Conference
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University’s Institute of Global Cultural Studies will host the 38th Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the University Downtown Center, located at 67 Washington Street, Binghamton.
NYASA is a non-profit membership association that focuses on advancing the discipline of Africana Studies. The theme of the conference is “Global Africa, Triple Heritage and Pax Africana: Looking Back and Looking Forward.”
This year’s convention will celebrate Binghamton University Professor Ali Mazrui’s 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his publishing career. In April, NYASA will inaugurate an annual Ali Mazrui Book Prize for the best Africanist book of the year, for his latest book, Julius Nyerere: An African Titan on a Global Stage (co-author: Linda Mhando, 2013).
During his career, Mazrui popularized the term, “Pax Africana,” used in reference to Africa’s ability to assert its own authority. He also coined the terms, “Africa’s triple heritage” and “Global Africa”.
The Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) aims to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of international cultures. The organization has invited abstracts of papers, proposals for presentations, panels and roundtables about various topics related to the theme of the conference, including Islamic Law and Politics in Africa, Caribbean Impact on Africa, and The Obama Presidency: Gains and Losses.