Ghana is part of the Atlantic world and has participated in Atlantic and global events for centuries: the trans-Saharan and Atlantic trades, colonialism, modernity, and now the Internet age. European colonialism cut short indigenous Ghanaian endeavours at development--politically, economically, socially, and culturally. Independence in 1957 restored political autonomy, but with the fetters of economic and cultural dependence still in place. In forty-five years of Ghanaian independence, development--variously defined--has remained elusive. Western models of economic development and governance, though they have much to their credit, have foundered in the Ghanaian experience. Democracy is a cherished virtue. Economic development is a desirable goal. Asian development with its distinctly Asian cultural imprint is admired by all.
In "History, Our Heritage, and National Development" the Historical Society of Ghana calls for papers that explore different facets of Ghana's past and present, shedding light on how history, culture (material and cognitive), and our national resources have been and can be harnessed in pursuit of national development. Papers that examine Ghanaian democracy, state-civil society relations, Human Rights, conflict resolution, legal history, the philosophical underpinnings of traditional governance, economic models of development that respond to Ghanaian cultures and resources, Ghanaian theology, tradition and modernity, etc., etc., etc. are sought in this first annual conference of the revived Historical Society of Ghana. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is May 30, 2002. These abstracts will be posted on the website of the Historical Society of Ghana.
Scholars based outside Ghana, who may require a letter of invitation for visa purposes, should address their inquiries to Ebenezer Ayesu at firstname.lastname@example.org Fax numbers are: 233-21-510397 and 233-21-500512. Inquiries concerning accommodation, meals, internal transport, etc, should also be addressed to Ebenezer Ayesu.