By | September 11, 2018

Call For Papers: 4th International Research Conference Of The College Of Humanities, University Of Ghana



Date: 1-2 November, 2018

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon


Extension for Receipt of Abstracts to Friday, August 24, 2018



Prospects and Challenges of Humanities Research in the 21st Century


The College of Humanities of the University of Ghana is pleased to issue a Call for Papers for its 4thAnnual International Research Conference on the theme Prospects and Challenges of Humanities Research in the 21st Century. In line with the University’s 70th anniversary, this conference will celebrate the growth and reflect on the challenges of the disciplines in the humanities which formed a core of the academic programmes right from the establishment of the University. The event will provide a global platform for academics, practitioners, policy makers, and students to share their research on the prospects and challenges of humanities research given the evolving undercurrents of increased world integration and localised concerns.

Humanities research cuts across a broad range of disciplinary boundaries using various multiple processes to create knowledge and translate it into various facets of the society. In the 21st century, cutting edge research from the humanities which responds to the needs of societies is vital and scholars are more exposed and better placed to come up with innovative ways of solving the world’s challenges.

The international conference sets out to explore diverse theoretical approaches, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary viewpoints and methodologies that can be brought to bear on the prospects and challenges of doing research in the humanities, and issues emanating from them. We especially welcome papers that are interdisciplinary in approach and oriented towards addressing the challenges faced by researchers in the humanities as well as future prospects of humanities research.


Guidelines for Abstract Submission

The Conference will be organised around a competitive call for papers and panels that include, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Methodologies and humanities research
  • The humanities and sustainable development in Africa
  • Humanities, technology and globalisation
  • Eco-humanities: divergences and convergences
  • Decolonising the academy: the place of African studies
  • Developmental challenges and African cities
  • Arts, social identity and territoriality
  • Pulpits, altars and the academy
  • Religion, politics and the economy
  • Music, language and politics
  • Language, religion, performing arts and identity construction
  • The Performing Arts and social transformation
  • Language and communication for development
  • Multilingualism and social development
  • Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa’s development
  • Language, gender, education and culture
  • Gender, sexuality and culture
  • Diversities: gender, sexualities and dis/abilities
  • Communications: social and new media
  • Literature in print, performance and broadcast
  • Discourse and glocalisation
  • Public-private interest and media freedom
  • Law and society
  • Citizenship: rights and identity
  • Politics, economics and society
  • Governance and politics in Africa
  • Economic growth and wellbeing
  • Youth and the demographic dividend
  • Migration and transcultural exchanges
  • Healthcare in the African context
  • Entrepreneurship, business and technologies
  • Labour, employment and industry
  • Education: quality, relevance and access
  • Macroeconomic Management and Growth


Format and language:

Each proposal for oral presentation must consist of a research title, an abstract of 250 words, a list of author (s), institutional affiliation, and email.  Panel proposals should, in addition, include a brief rationale of no more than 100 words, and abstracts for all papers. A panel comprises a minimum of four and maximum of six papers and must be aligned to one of the sub-themes. Poster presentations are accepted for this conference. All authors must state clearly whether their abstracts are for oral presentation, panel sessions or poster presentations.

All submissions should be in Word format (for abstracts with special characters, also submit a pdf version).

The main language of the conference is English; however, papers in French will be considered.  Abstracts for papers to be given in French should be submitted in both French and English.


Limited funding in the form of travel grants are available for Young African Scholars from the sub-region. Applicants may apply for funding after they have received confirmation of acceptance of their abstracts.

Important dates:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts:        Extended to August 24, 2018

Notification of acceptance:                   September 14, 2018

Deadline for submission of full paper: October 12, 2018  


Submission email:    Abstracts (and any enquiries) should be sent to the following addresses: or You may call

+233 (0500105225) or +233 (0559462600) for further information.


Participation Fees

International presenters/participants   – $100

International students                                     – $50

Local presenters/participants               – GHȼ70

Participation is at no cost for all University of Ghana students

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