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2nd International Classics Conference in Ghana (ICCG) - 07-08-09-10/10/2021, Legon (Ghana)


The late 1950s and early 1960s ushered in a period when many African countries were gaining political independence. Immediately, there was an agenda to unite African nations, and a policy of Africanization began to gain ground. In the area of education, this Africanization process was vigorously pursued. In Ghana the Institute of African Studies was established, and an Encyclopaedia Africana project, originally conceived by W. E. B. DuBois, was revived. In Nigeria, new universities were established to counter the colonial-based education that was present at the University of Ibadan, and in some East African countries there were fears that foreign university teachers would not be able to further the Africanization of university education. One of the fields of study singled out in this process of Africanization was Classics. Classics was believed to serve the interests of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Part of the agenda of this Africanization was to highlight African contributions to world civilization and to show that the ‘Western’ world could not lay claim to any superior heritage. As part of restitutive measures in the field, scholars have begun exploring the idea of ‘Global Classics’, showing how the Classics connects with the broad spectrum of humanity and society. While there is evidence to show that this kind of link has been explored since (or even before) the independence of African nations, it has begun to garner attention across the world. Yet, there are still places in Africa and other continents where Classics continues to be inward-looking and does not open itself to interdisciplinarity, collaborations, nor to other civilizations besides the Graeco-Roman world.



UPDATE: Due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed ICCG 2020 to 7th-10th October 2021. The venue for the conference remains the same.Deadline for abstracts has passed and decisions have already been communicated. Speakers have been maintained for 2021, but we may issue a further call for abstracts later in the year.

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Ghana (Legon, Ghana)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Gifty Etornam Katahena (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana); Peter K. T. Grant (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana); Michael K. Okyere Asante (Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa); Daniel Orrells (King’s College, London, United Kingdom)

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Conference registration includes the conference pack, snack breaks and lunch.

A. Before July 15, 2020

-Non-students: US$ 120

- Students: US$ 50

B. After July 15, 2020

-Non-students: US$ 150

- Students: US$ 80

Online registration opens: April 15, 2020

Online registration closes: August 30, 2020

Information regarding dinner, excursions, travel and accommodation will be communicated later. All enquiries should be sent to Gifty Katahena ( or Michael Okyere Asante (


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Folake Onayemi (University of Ibadan)

Professor Philip Bosman (Stellenbosch University)

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