African Philosophy World Conference 2023


5th Biennial African Philosophy World Conference (APWC), 2023
Of the African Philosophy Society (

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Gulu University in
Collaboration with Makerere University and Kyambogo University, Uganda.

Conference Theme:
Gender Dimensions of African Philosophy

Date: Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th September 2023

Gender issues have become a global concern. While confusion still abounds on what gender is, it is still another question as to what has brought about the widespread discrimination against the female gender in contrast to the male gender in almost all aspects of human life - such as education, health, sports, politics, culture, religion, and livelihoods.

In the area of philosophy in general and African philosophy in particular, there is conspicuous domination by the male gender. This makes one wonder as to why this trend, which seems to be deeply embedded in human history of thought, should still prevail in the modern world, where every individual is claimed to be equal to each other. On the other hand, African philosophy should as well concern itself with other questions of identity, social structures, power, and change that are ongoing in wider gender debates.

We welcome submissions that broadly explore the concept and other dimensions of gender in African philosophy. These submissions should help to reflect on some, and not exclusive, of the following subthemes:

Gender dimensions of African philosophy as traditional, modern and future thoughts; gender and wars; gender and politics; education and gender; environment and gender; religion and gender; science and gender; technology and gender; arts and gender; gender in music, dance and drama; wealth and gender; society and gender; human rights and gender; gender and identity; gender and social structures; power and gender; and change that are ongoing in wider gender debates.

In addition to these themes and issues, abstract submissions could, from the perspectives of African philosophy, engage with the following sub-themes:

Gender and Ubuntu philosophy; gender and African socialism; gender and African negritude; ethnophilosophy and gender; philosophic sagacity and gender; hermeneutical philosophy and gender; artistic/literary philosophy and gender; national ideological philosophy and gender; professional philosophy and gender; African philosophy and gender issues in African brides wealth practices; inheritance in African philosophy and gender; democracy and gender in African philosophy; gender emancipation in African philosophy

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

  • Send your abstract to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Your submission should (a) not exceed 500 words; (b) contain a title, author’s name, author’s institutional affiliation, and author’s email address/telephone/fax.

Selected Keynote/Plenary Speakers

  • Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, from the University of Juba, South Sudan – overview of gender dimensions and African philosophy.

  • Associate Prof. Anke Graness, from the University of Hildesheim, Germany – on women in the global world - contrasting with Africa.

  • Prof. Sylvia Tamale, from School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda – on perspectives of women in African legal, human rights, and justice systems.

  • Prof. Ebunoluwa Olufemi Oduwole, from the Department of Philosophy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun-State, Nigeria – on the implications of gender dimensions in African philosophy and its future.

  • Associate Prof. Josephine Ahikire,  from Principal, CHUSS, Makerere University, Uganda – on male and female gender dynamics in Africa.

Important dates:

  • Second Call for Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th December, 2022

  • Notification of Acceptance: 30th January, 2023

  • Conference Registration Deadline: 15th August, 2023

  • Conference: 18th - 20th September, 2023

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Assoc. Prof. David Okello Owiny (Chair and DVC Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Prof. Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (APS Executive representative on LOC and Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Dr. David Obol Otori (University Secretary, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Dr. Jerry Bagaya, (Academic Registrar, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Assoc. Prof. Daniel Komakech (The Director Institute of Graduate Studies, Gulu University, Uganda).

  • Dr. Spire Jimmy Ssentongo, (Head of Department, Makerere University, Uganda).

  • Dr. Kizito George Michael, (Chair Philosophy Section, Kyambogo University, Uganda)

  • Mr. John Nyeko (University Bursar, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Assoc. Prof. Charles Nelson Okumu, (Department of English Literature, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Dr. Agatha Alidri (Head, Department of History, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Dr. Stella Laloyo (Acting Director, IPSS, Gulu University, Uganda)

  • Assoc Prof. Wilfred Lajul (Executive Secretary, Department of Philosophy and Religious studies, Gulu University, Uganda)

African Philosophy Society (APS) Executive

  • Ike Odimegwu, PhD (President of APS and Professor of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)

  • Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (Secretary of APS and Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Jonathan Chimakonam, PhD (Treasurer of APS and Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Previous APWC

  • 1st Biennial APWC — University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (September 9-11, 2015): African Philosophy: Past, Present and Future.

  • 2nd Biennial APWC — University of Calabar, Nigeria, (October 12-14, 2017): The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today.

  • 3rd Biennial APWC — University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (October 28-30, 2019): Building Africa’s Future on African Philosophy.

  • 4th Biennial APWC - Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria (October 12-14 2021): An Exploration of Human Nature: Perspectives from African Philosophy.

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