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The Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) cordially invites you to attend the




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Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, 2017

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Philadelphia, PA


This year's conference theme is:





CFP & Abstract Submission

The African world is thriving in spite of bearing witness to dystopic and threatening political, social, and cultural change and upheaval.  Society is responding to reassertions of supremacist thought, ethos, insanity, and regression, and there is a caution to avoid a pessimist trap.  In challenging chronophobia, known as a fear of the future, African people continue to maintain and pursue not only optimum liberation but also a technological awareness updated from past ingenuity to present creative consciousness.  
This year’s conference welcomes papers that explore the traditions and praxis of Afrocentric thought with a particular innovation based on the paradigm’s visionary conversations with sources from the broad inheritance of African/Black radical intellectualism and contemporary Pan-African frameworks of Afro-futurism.  As the conceptualization of African freedom will never become stagnant, this year’s conference solicits cutting-edge and future-building idea formation to help order responses to the present condition of African people, saturated with the culture’s tools of victorious consciousness and preservationist acuity.   This year’s conference aims to generate discourses of reflection and imagination by advancing research that consider what cultural tools and techniques we have generated that will be useful and effective for African people’s future needs.  
Papers should reflect the highest critical consciousness of Afrocentric and African-centered epistemologies of the discipline of Africana Studies. Participation is highly competitive.
To submit an abstract for consideration for this year's conference, please click the button below. 
Formal, 250-word ABSTRACTS are due by August 1, 2017. 

Submit Abstract



The registration rates for the 2017 Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference are as follows: 


Early Registration (through September 30, 2017)


  • $170 -- General Registration

  • $100 -- Graduate Students

  • $40 -- Undergraduate Students

  • $100 -- Unaffiliated Community Members

  • $80 -- Unaffiliated Senior Citizens


Registration (after September 30, 2017 and On-Site)


  • $200 -- General Registration

  • $100 -- Graduate Students

  • $40 -- Undergraduate Students

  • $100 -- Unaffiliated Community Members

  • $80 -- Unaffiliated Senior Citizens


All DISA Members are eligible for a $25 discount on conference registration. To receive the discount, individuals should process their membership (new or renewal) PRIOR to registering for the conference in order to receive the membership discount code. 


 One-Day conference rates available on-site only


Please click the button below to access the registration form.





The conference is being held at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.


400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19016


Rooms $179 plus tax per night through September 21, 2017

Call 1-877-999-3223 for Reservations and mention “DIOP Conference 2107 Group” 



Program Advertising

For any business or organization that would like to place an advertisement in this year's conference program, DISA is pleased to offer the following: 


Program Ad Options


  • $35 -- Quarter-Page Ad (4"x2" or business card)  

  • $50 -- Half-Page Ad (4"x3.5")  

  • $100 -- Full-Page Ad (8½"x11")


Submit electronic business card or self-styled ad in camera-ready, png or jpg format.


All ads and payments must be received by October 1, 2017.


To request a conference program advertisement, please click the button below. 


Advertising Request


For anyone who wishes to vend at this year's conference, DISA is pleased to offer:


An 8' x 8' space with one 6'-8' x 30" table and 2 chairs. 


Vendor Rates


  • $100 (1 day) 

  • $180 (2 days)


Spaces are assigned upon receipt of payment. Full payment is required. No refunds after October 6, 2017.


To purchase vending space at this year's conference, please click the button below. 


Vendor Request


Nominations for the DISA Awards for Scholarly Achievement

All nominations for the DISA Awards for Scholarly Achievement (book and/or article) should be submitted by clicking the link below. 


The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2017


Award Nomination


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