The purpose of this conference is to build and sustain a dialogue among the various disciplines engaged in the study of issues related to Africa and the peoples of African ancestry in Brazil and the Spanish-speaking world. Whereas past ICALLAS conferences have focused on these two broad areas, French-speaking Caribbean communities are now being included in order to present a wider and more inclusive geographic representation within the framework of African descent. Initiated in 2007, the conference provides a framework for cross-disciplinary interactions and offers a forum for scholars from diverse fields of study related to the Afro-Hispanic world to share their research and scholarly endeavors. With a strong emphasis on camaraderie and networking, conference activities are geared toward promoting interpersonal exchange and social entertainment: an excursion to Kakum National Park, Cape Coast and Elmina; a Welcome Dinner Reception with cultural performance; a Closing Dinner Reception with live music and dance.
The rationale for choosing the site of this international conference has not changed. Most of the slaves that were transported to the Americas came from this part of Africa. Consequently, a historical connection exists between Ghana and the daughters and sons of Africa who ended up on the shores of the Caribbean and other slave ports in the Americas. The slave forts of Cape Coast and Elmina have, therefore, become key destinations for many from across the world. Since Ghana's political independence over sixty years ago, it has played a leading role in advocating for peace and freedom on the African continent. Holding this event in Ghana is a way of recognizing the importance of this country within the annals of world history and its current position as a genuine democratic nation in Africa. Furthermore, since its establishment, the School of Languages at the University of Ghana has been at the forefront in the promotion of Hispanic studies on the African continent. The conference continues to honor the efforts of the Spanish Department, which has produced outstanding African Hispanists, who teach in various institutions in North America and Europe.
Conference site: Reginald Amonoo Building (Modern Languages Annex), University of Ghana, Legon (Accra). Link to the School of Languages, University of Ghana
Following the conference, selected papers will be published in a special volume. Here is the list of past publications:
Joanna Boampong, ed. In and Out of Africa: Exploring Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and Latin-American Connections. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012
Yaw Agawu-Kakraba and Komla Aggor, eds. Diasporic Identities within Afro-Hispanic and African Contexts. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Yaw Agawu-Kakraba and Komla Aggor, eds. African, Lusophone, and Afro-Hispanic Cultural Dialogue. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
Joanna Boampong, ed. “Africa and Its Lusophone and Spanish-speaking Diaspora: New Horizons of Conceptualization.” Humanities – Open Access Journal, Special Issue, 2019