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 N° AFCAS/2012/01-E African workshop on Witchcraft-belief and its Impact on Development Cotonou (Benin), October 11-13, 2012 Witchcraft-belief is the belief which assumes that some people are inhabited by an evil force that enables them to harm others. This belief generates in society a climate of fear, suspicion and general insecurity. It affects all domains of human life and activities. It also impacts on personal relationships within the group in a way that is often insidious. To put it briefly, belief in witchcraft has a strong influence on Development understood both as economic growth and as the improvement of the well-being of people. This phenomenon is of particular importance in today’s Africa. Everyone is afraid of witches. Any misfortune, as a contemporary anthropologist puts it, is admittedly due to persecution and calls for the identification of the persecutor behind. Intimidation in traditional convents, blackmails, the psychological manipulation of politicians by people believed to be witchdoctors, the frequent embarrassment of courts faced with the evidence of some crimes, the great number of judicial decisions which presuppose the existence of real evil powers and, based on this, unduly preclude further investigations, the persecution of so-called witches in case of unusual drought and other climate disturbances and the proliferation of religious groups specialised in exorcism, that is where we stand today in a number of African countries By organizing in Cotonou, Benin, from October 11 to 13, 2012, a regional workshop on “Witchcraft-belief and its Impact on Development”, the African Centre for Advanced Studies (AFCAS) would like to shed some more light on this phenomenon which is often left aside even by the wisest analysts. Insofar as it affects people’s actions, thinking and behaviour, witchcraft-belief has a deep impact on culture. By the same token it may incline people to attitudes and actions that are productive or counterproductive as regards development and progress.

Applications for participation are welcome. Abstracts should be submitted in English or French no later than June 30, 2012 to the e-mail address: witchcraftbelief@gmail.com with copy to pjhountondji@yahoo.fr. A reply will be sent to applicants within a month after reception of abstracts. Participants are expected to have both their travel to and stay in Benin funded either by themselves or by their home institutions. Only a few subsidies can be awarded by the organizing committee pending on available funds. We look forward to meeting you soon in Benin. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Clément BAH Victoire AHOTIN Paul Christian KITI Paulin J. HOUNTONDJI

Mobile phones : +229 97 55 72 27 +229 97 98 06 40

 

 

 N° AFCAS/2012/03-E

International conference on CHALLENGES FOR THOUGHT IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD Cotonou (Benin), October 15-18, 2012 Challenges for thought vary from one period to another and from one socio-cultural context to another. In Africa the issue of identity has dominated intellectual thought and reflection for the major part of the XXth century. The context lent itself to this. The questioning of collective identity in a society still colonized or culturally dominated even after decolonization has aroused a variety of ideological responses and provoked debates from which even today we have not completely emerged. These debates have been useful. Among other things they have allowed for the discovery or rediscovery of cultural constants, collective systems of thought, a history, a civilization, a heritage little known until then or which were about to be forgotten. But they also showed the enormous risk of self-enclosure, of a folding-in on oneself, of a narrow and disabling nationalism. The critique of ethno-philosophy has contributed in its own way to warn against this danger. Beyond this critique, however, beyond this warning, thought in Africa today should give itself new objects and new aims. What objects? What aims? What new issues beyond the long-standing concerns about identity and the critical reflection on the impasses to which these concerns can lead? Are these issues specific to the Black continent or are they universal? How can one avoid being concerned about post-electoral crises, electoral fraud and its subtle or gross mechanisms, even in the so-called old democracies? What concerns are aroused, here as elsewhere, by the ongoing revolutions in different parts of the world, the uncertain outcome of what has been called the Arab Spring, the financial crisis shaking the Western world and throwing into disarray so many developing countries? How do we deal, both here and elsewhere, with the rise of fanaticism and fundamentalism and the ravages of terrorism on a global scale? What is the future of planet Earth and how to preserve this future in the mode in which we manage it today? These and related questions will be examined in the course of an international conference organized in Cotonou, Benin, from October 15 to 18, 2012 by the African Centre for Advanced Studies in connexion with the annual meeting of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies. The conference will follow a regional workshop held the week before on “Witchcraft-belief and its Impact on Development”. It should also allow a well-grounded African preparation for the 23rd world congress of philosophy in Athens from August 4 to 10, 2013 on “Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life”.

Applications for participation are welcome. Abstracts should be submitted in English or French no later than July 31, 2012 to the e-mail address: witchcraftbelief@gmail.com with copy to pjhountondji@yahoo.fr. Replies will be sent within a month after receipt of the proposal. Participants are expected to have both their travel to and stay in Benin funded either by themselves or by their home institutions. Only a few subsidies can be awarded by the organizing committee pending available funds. We look forward to meeting you soon in Benin. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Clément BAH Victoire AHOTIN, Désiré MEDEGNON, Paul Christian KITI Paulin J. HOUNTONDJI Mobile phones +229 97 55 72 27 +229 97 98 06 40

ATELIER ET COLLOQUE

 

PARTICIPANTS ANNONCES AU  16/09/2012

 

 

Afrique du Sud

 

 

Queeneth MKABELA, University of Kwazulu-Natal, editor of Indilinga : Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Presently in the office of the Prime minister of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermarietzburg.  mkabelaq@premier.kzntl.gov.za

Francis NYAMNJOH, Head of Department of Anthropology, University of Cape Town  nyamnjoh@gmail.com

Mogobe RAMOSE, University of South Africa, Pretoria

 

Allemagne

 

Ottmar ETTE, University of Postdam, ette@rz.uni-postdam.de

Hans POSER, Technische Universität Berlin, hans.poser@tu-berlin.de

Emily POSER, Berlin, hans.poser@tu-berlin.de

 

 

Bénin

 

Victoire AHOTIN, Université d’Abomey-Calavi ahotinvictoire96@yahoo.fr

Félicité AKUESSON, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, felkuto@yahoo.fr

Codjo François AZODOGBEHOU, professeur d’histoire, Porto-Novo

Lucien GAGNI, Lycée de jeunes filles de Parakou

Octave Cossi HOUDEGBE, Professeur d’économie, Président de North American University Benin

Paulin HOUNSOUNON-TOLIN, Université d’Abomey-Calavi

Paulin J. HOUNTONDJI, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, pjhountondji@yahoo.fr

Gervais KISSEZOUNON, Université d’Abomey-Calavi

Paul Christian KITI, Université d’Abomey-Calavi chriskiti@yahoo.fr

Désiré MEDEGNON, Université d’Abomey-Calavi dmedegnon@yahoo.fr

Maxime OKOUNDE, Université d’Abomey-Calavi fokounde@yahoo.fr

Rogatien SEGLA, Université d’Abomey-Calavi seglac2@yahoo.fr

Babatunde THOMAS, Independent scholar, Cotonou abnbt01@gmail.com

Victor TOPANOU, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, victor.topanou@firstnet.bj

Léonard WANTCHEKON, New York university, New York et Institut de recherche empirique en économie politique, Cotonou

Olabiyi J. YAÏ, Professeur de linguistique africaine, Ambassadeur délégué permanent du Bénin près l’UNESCO, o.yai.bj@unesco-delegations.org

Gérard YELIMON, Université d’Abomey-Calavi geryelson@yahoo.fr

 

Bulgarie

 

Ivan KALTCHEV, Philosophy Department, Sofia University, ivan_kaltchev@yahoo.com

 

 

Cameroun

 

Gwladys Véronique ALIANA, Université de Yaoundé 1, gwladysaliana@yahoo.fr

Serge Emmanuel ALIANA, Université de Yaoundé 1, emmanuelserge@yahoo.fr

Nkolo FOE, Université de Yaoundé 1, foe_nkolo@yahoo.fr

Emile KENMOGNE, Université de Yaoundé emilekenmogne@yahoo.fr

Sylvain LEBEYINA NGAH , Université de Yaoundé 1 sylvainlebeyina@yahoo.fr

Charles Romain MBELE, Ecole normale supérieure, Université de Yaoundé I, mbelendzie@ymail.com

Charles MINYEM, Université de Yaoundé 1 chminyem@yahoo.fr

Bertin NGUEFACK, Université de Yaoundé 1, benguef@yahoo.fr

Hervé ONDOUA, Université de Yaoundé 1, herveondoua@yahoo.fr

 

 

Centrafrique

 

Josias TEBERO, Directeur de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure Bangui, tjosias@yahoo.fr

Sylvie Jacqueline PANIKA BENGUERE Directrice de Radio Ndeke Luka, Bangui, beng_jasyl@hotmail.com

 


Congo-Brazzaville

 

Marcel NGUIMBI, Université Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville  <marcel.nguimbi@yahoo.fr

 

République Démocratique du Congo

 

Willy BONGO-PASI, Recteur de l’Université Panafricaine de Kinshasa bongopasi@yahoo.fr 

 

Côte d’Ivoire

 

Thiémélé Ramsès BOA, Université d’Abidjan-Cocody boathie@yahoo.fr

Tanella BONI, Université d’Abidjan-Cocody, sysson2006@yahoo.fr

Rosine Cynthia GOHOUN Université d’Abidjan-Cocody,  cgrosii@yahoo.fr

Yacouba KONATE, Université d’Abidjan-Cocody, Secrétaire général de la Grande Chancellerie konatey@gmail.com

 Hyacinthe Kouamé KOUAKOU, Université de Bouaké, kouakou_h@yahoo.fr

 

 

 

Espagne

 

Juan MONTERO GOMEZ, Centre UNESCO de la Grande Canarie, Las Palmas

 

Etats-Unis d’Amérique

 

Dowoti DESIR, a Vodou Priest, Curator and Human Rights Activist. New York  dowodesir@me.com

Henry-Louis GATES Jr, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Barry HALLEN, Morehouse College, Atlanta, bhallen@morehouse.edu

David Schrader, Executive Director, American Philosophical Association, University of Delaware, Newark, dschrade@udel.edu

 


France

Thierry MICHALON, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, michalon_thierry@yahoo.fr

 

Gabon

 

Viviane MBANG-ONDO, Université Omar Bongo, Libreville, viviane.mbang@yahoo.fr

Moukala NDOUMOU, Université Omar Bongo, Libreville, moukn@yahoo.fr

 

Ghana

 

Kofi ANYIDOHO, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra (keynote speaker) k.anyidoho@gmail.com

Atia APUSIGAH, University for Development Studies, Wa (Ghana) awingura2008@yahoo.com

Helen LAUER, Head of department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Legon – Accra helenlauer@yahoo.com

 

Japon

 

Ken-Ichi SASAKI, Nihon University, College of Humanities and Sciences, Tokyo, ken-sasaki@k3.dion.ne.jp

 

Kenya

 

Reginald M.J. ODUOR, University of Nairobi, rmjoduor@gmail.com,
rmjoduor@uonbi.ac.ke

Lettonie

 

Maija Kule, Director, Institute of philosophy and sociology, University of Latvia, Riga, maija.kule@gmail.com

 

Mali

 

Issa NDIAYE, Université de Bamako, issandiaye_flash@yahoo.fr

Coumba TOURE, Université de Bamako, sikadia2002@yahoo.fr

 

Mozambique

 

José CASTIANO, Université pédagogique de Maputo josecastiano@hotmail.com

 

Niger

 

Halidou YACOUBA, Université Abdou Moumouni Niamey hayac1969@yahoo.fr

Fatchima Maiga SIDI, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, fatchimas@yahoo.fr

 

Nigeria

 

Joseph AGBAKOBA, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, jcaagbakoba@gmail.com

Anthony C. AJAH, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, anthonyajah@aol.com

Franca ATTOH, University of Lagos, franca.attoh92@gmail.com

Abiola F. IRELE, University of Kwara State abiola.irele@kwasu.edu.ng:

Olatunde MAKANJU, University of Lagos, olatunde.makanju@yahoo.com

Rèmi SONAIYA, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ifè

 

Sénégal

 

Aloyse-Raymond NDIAYE, Directeur de l’Institut supérieur des arts et de la culture, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, aloyse_raymondndiaye@yahoo.fr

Mangoné NIANG, Consultant, ancien directeur du Centre d’Etudes Littéraires et historiques par traditions orales (CELHTO), bureau régional de l’Union Africaine à Niamey  mangoneng@yahoo.fr
 

Togo

 

Mawussè Kpakpo AKUE-ADOTEVI, Université de Lomé akueadotevi@yahoo.fr

Svetlana ROUBAILO épouse KOUDOLO, Université de Lomé, Togo,

sroubailo@tg.refer.org

 

Ievietots: 15.12.2012