Education, Gender & Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization
The 4th WAAD interdisciplinary conference will provide opportunities for constituencies inside and outside the academy-researchers, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, professionals, and students from various disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, professional schools, etc.-to discuss the education of women and girls in Africa and the African Diaspora and explore its relationship to sustainable development in a rapidly globalizing, complex world.
How can the acquisition of different forms of knowledge guarantee women’s participation in ensuring that today’s growth does not jeopardize the growth and possibilities of future generations and that “development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”? What role would indigenous knowledge play in women’s participation? In disciplinary terms, the conference will examine the central role the arts and humanities can and must play in the global knowledge economy and their relevance to development discourses and practice. How can humanistic studies dialogue with scientific studies in addressing global issues such as social and environmental justice, gender/social inequality and knowledge gap, and education for 21st century global citizenship?