Within the framework of the SOS African History programme, CODESRIA
has committed itself to, among other things, convening an annual
thematic conference on critical themes in the history of Africa of
which two have been successfully organised.
The inaugural conference
on African History was held on the 27th- 29th of October 2008 in
Kampala, Uganda, on the theme Re-Reading the History and
Historiography of Domination and Resistance in Africa while the
second, on the theme: Writing the History of Women in Africa: Past,
Present and Future was held in Nairobi Kenya on the 18th-20th of
The conferences have drawn participants from all over Africa
(Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, D R Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius,
Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, South Africa,
Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe) and the Diaspora. More importantly, the
key note address presentations of eminent historians such as Late Prof
Emeritus Adiele Afigbo, Prof Thierno Bah and Prof Penda Mbow have
enhanced the quality of the conference as a platform for the sharing
of experiences and mentoring, networking and smooth inter-generational
transfer of skills and leadership within the community of historians
in Africa and the Diaspora.
The inaugural SOS African History conference in Kampala, Uganda
produced a working document, the Kampala Declaration on African
History, to guide the SOS African History initiative in its efforts to
promote the study of history in Africa. The declaration underlined
CODESRIA’s belief in the importance of History and historians by
calling on African governments and peoples, without exception, to
recognize the organic nexus between their history and culture on the
one hand and their identity and self worth on the other and to do
whatever is necessary to give full attention to studying and living
their history and culture.
To see if there is currently a call for participation for a conference organized within the framework of the SOS African History Conference, please consult the <rubrique7> section.