Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

15th General Assembly

Theme: Africa and the Crisis of Globalisation

Date: 17th – 21st December, 2018 
Venue: Dakar, Senegal


His Excellency Thabo Mbeki delivering CODESRIA 15th General Assembly Cheikh Anta Diop Lecture >

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its 15th General Assembly that will be held in Dakar, Senegal from the 17th to 21st December 2018. The theme chosen for the General Assembly is ‘Africa and the Crisis of Globalization. The CODESRIA General Assembly is a triennial gathering of scholars and academics drawn from the Social Sciences and Humanities in Africa and its Diaspora. On the back of the scientific sessions of the Assembly, a meeting of members who are in good standing will be held to review the functioning of the Council in the period since the 14th Assembly and decide the broad agenda to be pursued for the subsequent three years… See more

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THESE ARE OUR Public Lectures

Leopold Sedar Senghor Public Lecture

Presented by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Léopold Sédar Senghor was born on the 9 Octobre 1906 on the coast not far from the city of Dakar. He was the son of Gnylane…

Miriam Makeba Public Lecture

Presented by Ousmane Kane

Born on 4 March 1932 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Miriam Makeba’s real first name was “ Zenzi ” which is a shorter name for…

Cheikh Anta Diop Public Lecture

Presented by HE Thabo Mbeki

Cheikh Anta Diop was born on 29th of December 1923 at Caytou, a small village of Baol (Diourbel) in the heart of Senegal…

Endnote Lecture

Presented by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

The 15th General Assembly will also host an Endnote Lecture to be delivered by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.


The poster presentation format has been set up with a view to providing more opportunities for researchers to share their work with a wider academic community, gain conference experience and network. Posters may address any area relevant to the conference (cf. Call for Abstracts) and may be any size up to A1 (60cm x 80cm) or equivalent made up of separate sheets. Posters are normally viewed from a distance of 1-2 metres, so size/choice of the text and/or illustrations (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.) should be well thought-out. Poster presentations are designed as storyboards, using graphics, charts and other eye-catching information posted on a bulletin board to provide conference participants with a more visual and informal engagement with research projects. These are usually graphic presentations of project findings displayed through graphs, charts, figures, photos, tables, and a small amount of text on a poster board. More…

What will be discussed?

Below are sub-themes that should pre-occupy scholars wishing to participate in debates at the General Assembly.

  • i. Globalisation, its itinerary and iterations
  • ii. Africa in the iterations of globalisation
  • iii. Pan-Africanism and African regional integration
  • iv. The African nation-state and globalization
  • v. Peace, security and Africa’s geopolitics
  • vi. Planning, policy processes and Africa’s globalization
  • vii. Globalisation and Africa’s economic transformation
  • viii. Globalization and Africa’s changing ecology
  • viii. Globalization and Africa’s changing ecology
  • ix. African women and experiences of globalization
  • x. African youth and experiences of globalisation
  • xi. Globalization and trafficking in and around Africa
  • xii. Religion, fundamentalisms and globalization
  • xiii. Africa in the global production of knowledge
  • xiv. The Humanities in rethinking globalization
  • xv. Science and innovation under globalization


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