In 1949 Chairman Mao will declare in Tianamen Square that “the Chinese have stood up.” The New China was born. In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah will insist at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra, that the “the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the African continent.” The first country in Black Africa had regained her lost freedom. Both moments marked the culmination of struggle against world imperialism and the search for self- determination. Connected by these experiences the two nations will enter into formal diplomatic relations on July 5, 1960. Intriguingly the fates of these two countries have come to be intimately intertwined. Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to enter into diplomatic relations with the China.
Kwame Nkrumah was enroute to Hanoi to act as mediator between the U.S. and Vietnam when he was overthrown. Ghana’s former president J.A. Kufuor cast the vote that allowed China to be re-admitted to the United Nations in 1971. As at 2017 available data indicates that Ghana was the 7th largest trading partner of China in Africa. This conference will reflect on 60 years of diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural, technological and commercial ties between Ghana and China. What has been the nature of Ghana-China relations? What frictional forces have tested the relations? What are the sources of what seems an enduring friendship? Have the two countries utilized fully the opportunities for mutually beneficial interactions across different spheres in their relations in the last six decades? What has Ghana learnt so far for her development aspirations in her relations with China?What has China learnt and can learn from Ghana? What are the impediments for this mutual learning? What are some of the success stories? Should the two nations recaliberate or maintain the forms and patterns of their relations thus far? These are some of the searching questions the conference will seek to answer.
The Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers on Ghana-China relations in their varied expressions across multiple sectors within the broader framework of contemporary emergent Africa-Asia relations. Proposals exploring the following thematic areas are strongly encouraged but should not be taken as exhaustive: Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy Diasporization and Migration Ghana and the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation(FOCAC) People to People Engagement Technological Innovation and Transfer The Developmental State and Industrialization Ideas, the Economy and National Transformation Trade, Investment and Commercial Connections Culture and Development ICT, Knowledge Society, New Media and Society Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education -Strategies and Experiences for Development Ghana and Chinese Aid.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
All Proposals should be in English should not be more than 250 words. All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals should clearly outline the methodological approach(es) used and how they contribute to the theoretical and/or empirical objectives of the conference. Kindly send your proposals to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit online. The submission must also contain the Title of the Paper, Name (s), Department(s), Institution(s), email Address(s) of the corresponding author. A properly constituted panel should have four papers.
Panel proposals should include a 200 word summary on the panel topic and an abstract for each of the four papers. The panel lead/organizer will be informed of the decision regarding the acceptance of the panel before individual panel members will be contacted.
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