PROGRAM

PROGRAM FOR WORKSHOP “VISIONS OF AFRICAN UNITY”

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 4-6 March 2019

Day 1, 4th March

19:00 Dinner at Kovsie Inn for all the participants to the workshop plus invited guests

Day 2, 5th March

8:30Registration and coffee
9 :00 Welcome by Prof. Ian Phimister on behalf of the ISG
Welcome by Dr. Chitja Twala, deputy Dean of Faculty of Humanities
9:15 Welcome and introduction to the workshop and the book project by Dr. Matteo Grilli and Dr. Frank Gerits
9:45 Keynote speech by Prof. Toyin Falola
“African Continentalism: The Future of the Past
12:00 Lunch (at the ISG)
13:00 PANEL 1 – The impact of African liberation and Cold War on African unity  

Chair: Dr. Grilli  

Speaker 1 – Chris Saunders (Emeritus Professor in History, University of Cape Town) – “Africa and the Liberation of Southern Africa: the OAU and the Frontline States.” (20 min.)  

Speaker 2 – Alexandra M. Dias (Assistant Professor, Universidade
Nova de Lisboa), “The Trajectory of the Liberation Insurgencies from Portuguese Colonialism and their Contribution to Pan-Africanism
and Solidarism within an Emerging African Regional Society.”. (20 min.)  

Speaker 3- Oluchukwu Ignatus Onianwa (Phd. Candidate, University of Ibadan) – “In between Cold War politics: the OAU and Anglo-American diplomacy in the Nigerian civil war, 1967-1970”.
(20 min.)

Speaker 4- Myra Ann Houser (Assistant Professor of History, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas) – Between Continent and Country: Botswana, National Liberation, and Pan-Africanist Challenges. (20 min) 
14:00 Discussion on Panel 2
14:30 Coffee Break
  14:45 PANEL 2 – From the OAU to the AU: historical trajectories  

Chair: Dr. Keith Shear  

Speaker 1 – Kate Skinner ( Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa and its Diasporas, University of Birmingham) – “A Different Kind of Union: the Olympio Assassination, Diplomatic Recognition,
and the Formation of the Organisation of African Unity”.
(20 min.)

Speaker 2 – Rui Garrido (Phd. Researcher at Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL) ) – Reflections about the Future of African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights 20 Years after Ouagadougou’s Protocol.  
(20 min.)
 
Speaker 3 – Kathryn Nash (Postdoctoral fellow, SOAS) “Embracing State Security: The Peace and Security Norms and Institutions of the Organization of African Unity (20 min.)    
16:00 Discussion on Panel 3
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Pick up at Kovsie Inn for Modderriver sunset cruise and dinner (dinner)

Day 3, 6th March

8:00Coffee
8:30Final Considerations by Prof. Falola
9:00 Book Launch: Matteo Grilli, Nkrumaism and African Nationalism – Ghana’s Pan-African Foreign Policy in the Age of Decolonization | Palgrave Macmillan | 2018 – discussant: Chris Suanders
10:30 Pickup at Kovsie Inn for  Bloemfontein tour
12:30Lunch at Pimento (UFS) for participants