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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS ORGANISED BY THE

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES, CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY (FACULTY OF ARTS) AND THE POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES DEPARTMENT (FACULTY OF SOCIAL STUDIES)

31 JULY to 2 AUGUST 2019

THEME: ETHICS, GOVERNANCE AND THE AFRICAN VISION

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Preamble

One of the issues which have pre-occupied the minds of researchers in subSaharan Africa and beyond has always been the issue of governance. Governance is an ethical concept, because it defines the nature and outcomes of the relationship between the governors and the governed. If it follows the dictates of good ethics (good governance), it brings joy to the governed, but if it is inspired by bad ethics (bad governance), it leads to the suffering of the people. There is therefore an urgent need to come up with viable blue-prints for good governance in Africa – blue-prints of governance tailor-made to alleviate human suffering.

As researchers, we are interested in issues of governance because they have a bearing on the realization (or lack thereof) of the African vision. In this call, we understand the African vision, to mean ‘the long-term plans which African leaders can have that are geared towards having an Africa that is free from disease, poverty, gender, tribal and racial discrimination inter alia.’ In short, by the African vision is meant a long-term plan that will result in the creation of an Africa that we are all proud of as its sons and daughters.

This call is coming at a time when the government of Zimbabwe has already outlined its vision 2030 which clearly stipulates that Zimbabwe must become an upper-middle-class economy by 2030. We thus invite researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit abstracts on topics that reflect on issues of governance and the African vision, with a view to providing strategies that can be employed not only to realize Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 but also to work towards realizing the vision(s) of other nations in sub-Saharan Africa.

To that end, the University of Zimbabwe through the Departments of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy and Political and Administrative Studies will co-host a conference in July 2019 where papers with the above theme will be presented. Contributors must situate their papers in any one of the subthemes below.

 

Sub-Themes

  1. Ethics, Governance, Gender Representation and the African vision.
  2. Ethics, Tribal/Ethnic Politics and the Universities’ contribution to the African vision
  3. Ethics, Institutional and Policy Governance in Public Administration
  4. Ethics, Devolution and the African vision
  5. Ethics, Local Government and Governance and Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030
  6. Ethics, Peace, Justice and the African vision
  7. Hunhu/Ubuntu, Citizen Participation and Zimbabwe’s vision 2030.
  8. Ethics, Governance, Conversationalism and the African vision.
  9. Ethics, Governance, Corruption/Nepotism and the African vision.
  10. Ethics, Governance, Education and the African vision.
  11. Ethics, Politics and Human Development

 

You are invited to send your abstract of not more than 350 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than 15 January 2019. You have to send your abstract on or before the abstract submission deadline.

  • After submission, receipt of the abstract will be acknowledged via an email within three working days.
  • The primary language of the conference is English, and your submission should be submitted in English.
  • We encourage you to send an informative abstract (complete abstract) which is a summary of a paper’s substance, including its background, purpose, methodology, results, and conclusion.
  • Please send in a brief biography of not more than 150 words together with the Abstract.
  • Zimbabwean contributors and participants are required to pay a registration fee of $150, and international contributors a fee of USD70 to cover tea, lunch and stationery for the conference. You will be informed of the payment method in due course.
  • All accepted papers will get a confirmation of acceptance and will be published by a reputable publisher.

Important Dates

Date of submission of Abstracts:  31 January 2019

Date of submission of Full papers (5 500-6100 words): 15 April 2019

Conference dates: 31 July to 2 August 2019

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