Conference explores African faith-based activism in Canada and the Western World


In what ways have African religious movements shaped or affected Western states and society and what are the implications for theories on the relationship between the Global North and the Global South?

That will be the core question underpinning a scholarly conference at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School on Friday, April 29, 2016 that will bring together leading intellectuals and practitioners in law and other disciplines from Canada and beyond to listen to each other’s prepared papers, engage in debates, and work toward the formation of an international research network.

The conference will offer a unique platform for national and international academics and religious leaders to examine this question in-depth from an interdisciplinary lens and exchange ideas with the purpose of moving the research agenda on faith-based activism among continental and diasporic Africans forward.

WHAT: African Faith-based Activism in Canada and the Western World: Law, Politics and Socio-Economics. See agenda.

The conference is organized by Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Osgoode Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies, and Uwafiokun Idemudia, Associate Professor and Director of the Transition Year Program, York Department of Social Science.

The event is supported by Osgoode/York@50, the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre (main organizing unit), Founders College and York’s African Studies and International Development Studies Program.

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 2027. See # 32 on the map.

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