Fourth Annual Regional Assembly - African Humanities Program

Posted 11 February 2020 by under Announcements & Notices • Journal: Hollywood and Africa: Recycling the ‘Dark Continent’ Myth, 1908–2020
Fourth Annual Regional Assembly - African Humanities Program

Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, will deliver the keynote address at the Fourth Regional Assembly of the African Humanities Program (AHP), today, 11 February 2020. 

Opening the three-day Assembly, the address will take place at the Auditorium of the National Universities Commission in Abuja. As a passionate promotor of the role of humanities in contemporry life, Professor Soyinka has throughout his distinguished career championed writing that inspires individual self-examination and collective self-understanding. He has called for the retrieval of oppressed, misconstrued, or forgotten African Histories and cultures.

Since 2008 the African Humanities Program has responded to Professor Soyinka's call by encouraging and enabling African scholars to retrieve the record of the past and to trace the sinuosities of linguistic diversity and cultural creation in the present. 

Professor Soyinka comments, "The publications of the African Humanities Program have greatly expanded and deepened a continent's knowledge of herself, and her place in a rapidly evolving world. We have genuine cause to applaud the work of a new generation of African humanist scholars." 

Vatan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has funded the African Humanities Program working closely with the American Council of Learned Societies, offers his appreciation: "The work of AHP Fellows re-collects the past, clarifies the present, and lays the foundation for flourishing humanities research and writing in the future. Their work is an inspiration to scholars everywhere." 

This year's assembly will see the launch of the below listed books to the series which are published by NISC

African Personhood and Applied Ethics: Motsamai Molefe

Hollywood and Africa: Recycling the 'Dark Continent' Myth from 1908-2020: Okaka Opio Dokotum

Women, visibility and morality in Kenyan popular media: Dina Ligaga

The Series covers topics in African histories, languages, literatures, philosophies, politics and cultures. Submissions are solicited from Fellows of the AHP, which is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies and financially supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Book proposals are submitted to the AHP editorial board which manages the peer review process and selects manuscripts for publication by NISC.

The African Humanities Series aims to publish works of the highest quality that will foreground the best research being done by emerging scholars in the five Carnegie designated countries Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Books in the series are intended to speak to scholars in Africa as well as in other areas of the world.

Read more about the books in the series here:


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