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UMOJA/UNITY : The Gathering of All African Nations

October 23-26, 2012

UMOJA/UNITY : The Gathering of All African Nations « Strengthening Inter-Cultural and International Relations in Africa through Cultural Diplomacy »

Much of the African continent has been plagued by conflict over the past century ; wars of independence, civil wars, colonial wars, and violent conflicts between nation states have left deep scars across nations and peoples. Many conflicts are still on-going : since 2010 the eight northernmost countries on the continent have hosted violent protests and bloody attempts to suppress them as part of the Arab Spring, while other conflicts can be identified in states including Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Whilst there is frequent debate on the triggers of these conflicts, and how they can be resolved in the short term, less attention is given to the intercultural divisions that play a key role in causing and maintaining the hostilities and which must be overcome in order to achieve lasting stability.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has established the program « UMOJA » (Unity in Swahili) to explore and highlight the importance of intercultural relations based on dialogue, understanding, and trust to the future of the African continent. UMOJA is an international conference that will promote cultural diplomacy within and between African cultures and nation states. The conference will bring together participants from across Africa, as well as interested stakeholders from the wider international community. Through a program of academic lectures and discussions, as well as cultural and artistic components, UMOJA will provide a platform for frank and open exchange on a range of diverse political, economic, and cultural issues. Participants will not only be able to learn about the field of cultural diplomacy and how it can be used in Africa, but will also be able to develop close personal relationships with one another, thereby bridging diverse cultures at the micro-level.

Conference Participants

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals, students, and other interested stakeholders from Africa and across the world.

Conference Speakers

The speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society, and the private sector. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies is the world’s leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities in partnership with UNITAR, Babes-Bolyai University, Kampala University and other leading European institutions. Educational programs range from week-long seminars to Master’s and PhD programs for graduates pursuing careers in academia, diplomacy, politics, and the private sector, dedicated either wholly or in part to the field of cultural diplomacy.

Publié le 21 août 2012