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Organized by the Groupe de Recherche et d’Études Latino-américaines (ED-SCALL/EA-PAMELCHID) of Félix Houphouët-Boigny University (Ivory Coast), in collaboration with the Cátedra Unesco de Estudios Afroiberoamericanos of Alcalá University (Spain) ; the Groupe de Recherche et d’Etudes sur les Noir-e-s d’Amérique Latine (GRENAL-Axis Languages and Identities/CRESEM) of Perpignan University (France), the Asociación de Estudios Americanos del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo University (Spain)  and the Laboratoire d’Etude des Migrations Africaines (LemAfriQ) based in Madrid (Spain).


Date: Wednesday 29 November – Friday 1 December 2023

Venue: Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Diasporas and mobilities: current critical perspectives.
Africa, America-Caribbean, Europe, Asia (15th- 21st centuries)

The very dynamic research on the concept of diaspora in recent decades is indicative of a paradigm shift in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, including history, literary criticism, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology and political sciences. These henceforth tend to use it to revisit and interrogate the notions of nation, State, citizenship, membership, culture and language that have traditionally dominated debates on human mobilities, exchanges, networks and contact zones. Hence the emphasis that the organisers of this Colloquium have chosen to place on the conceptual notion of Diasporas, often coupled with mobilities/circulations in their various forms.

Indeed, multiple mobilities and circulations generate profound mutations; they explode structuring matrices, redraw territories and imaginary landscapes and produce new otherness, a source of fears and antagonisms, but also of personal and societal innovations and new political demands.

In this context, the present colloquium explores this dynamic of human mobility on the one hand through the experience of Africans and Afro-descendants and, on the other hand, it aims to cross the themes of borders, circulations, human-environment interactions, memories, competence to act and interculturalities or creolisations not only on the African continent, but also more widely in the Americas-Caribbean, without excluding Europe and Asia.

African Arts will be looked at in a new light, which means that they will be examined from the perspective of the diaspora, as an object in motion, in a process similar to the history of the dispersal and the  “absorption” of African Diasporas. For “the life of art objects from Africa in European and American museums has had a paradoxical impact and correlative history and images about and of Africa, as bodies of diasporas as subjects and sites of representation, have moved from one continent to another and back again” (Peffer and Baudouin, 2013).

We expect multidisciplinary communication proposals that reflect on the concepts, theories, methods and sources of diaspora studies. These proposals should focus on imaginary and political issues in the fields of humanities, literature, art (cinema, painting, music and performing arts), history, sociology, philosophy, etc.

The Colloquium is mainly aimed at Researchers, Teacher-Researchers, PhD students and collectives who place the issue in question at the heart of their debates, questionings and struggles.

The reflection will be structured around six main areas, which are not exhaustive:

  1. Capacity to act/ New imagined identities
  2. Integration / Reception / Rejection
  3. Departure / Return / Arts
  4. Diaspora / Memories
  5. Borders / Circulations / Interactions
  6. Gender / Diasporas



Languages of the Symposium: French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.


Proposal deadline: June 30 2023. Proposals must be submitted to jean.yao@univ-fhb.edu.ci; lavou@univ-perp.fr

The scientific council reserves the right to accept proposals.

They should include: Name and surname, institution, e-mail address, title of proposal, summary of 250 words and a brief bibliographical reference. All proposals must be original and unpublished.

PD: The Proceedings of the Colloquium will be published, according to the publishing standards which will be communicated later, after a selection of texts by anonymous evaluators at the international level.


Deadline for submission of proposals: June 30, 2023

Notification of acceptance: before July 31, 2023

Registration and confirmation of attendance deadline: September 30, 2023



  • Researchers, Professors, PhD: 30,000 Francs CFA (50 euros / 55 USD)
  • Collectives: 30,000 CFA francs (50 euros / 55 USD)
  • PhD Candidates: 10,000 Francs CFA (20 euros / 22 USD)
  • Students (MA): 5,000 Francs CFA (10 euros / 12 USD)


*These fees cover participant’s kit, attendance certificate, coffee, and lunches. Accompanying persons and auditors who wish to benefit from these advantages will be subject to the same conditions as the attendees.


*Payment will be made in local currency FCFA—Ivory Coast currency— (upon arrival for foreigners) to Dr Kouamé N’Guessan Estelle (contacts: +225 88 30 36 41 / +225 05 78 60 74).

*To obtain the “Attendance Certificate”, one must have attended at least 85 percent of all the total sessions.


*Further practical information concerning duration of exposés, travel, accommodation, Visa, Vaccines, etc. will be given to you in the second circular.


Prof. Kouakou Jean-Marie Gaudouh (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Prof. Kiénon Kaboré Timpoko Hélène (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Prof. Théophile Koui (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Prof. Begong-Bodoli Betina (Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Senegal)

Prof. Alain Pascal Kaly (Rio de Janeiro Rural Federal University, Brazil)

Prof. Georges Moukouti Onguedou (Maroua University, Cameroon)

Prof. Véronique Solange Okome-Beka (École Normale Supérieure, Gabon)

Prof. Clément Akassi Animan (Howard University, USA)

Prof. Teresa Cañedo-Argüelles Fábrega (Alcalá University, Spain)

Prof. Joseania Freitas (Bahia Federal University, Brazil)

Prof. John Antón Sánchez (IAEN, Ecuador)

Prof. Jean Moomou (University of French Guyana, France)

Prof. Ismael Sarmiento Ramírez (Oviedo University, Spain)

Dr (MC) Chantal-Allela Kwevi (Omar Bongo University, Gabon)

Dr (MC) Cossi Basile Médénou (Abomey-Calavi University, Benin)

Dr (MC) Roméo Gbaguidi (LemAfriQ, Spain)

Dr Iolanda Évora (Lisbon University, Portugal)


Prof. Jean-Arsène Yao (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)


Prof. Victorien Lavou Zoungbo (Perpignan University, France)

Dr (MC) Luis Mancha San Esteban (Alcalá University, Spain)


Dr (MC) Komenan Casimir (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MC) Lalékou Kouakou Laurent (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MA) Adjoumani Affoua Mia Élise (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MA) Brou Angoran Adjoua Anasthasie (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MA) Kouamé N’Guessan Estelle (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Dr (MA) Touré Patrice (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MA) Koné Ténon (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast) 

Dr (MA) Djè Ana Maria (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Dr (MA) Bamba Dochienmé Mathieu (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Dr (ATER) Yeison Arcadio Meneses Copete (University of Antilles, Guadeloupe Pole, France)

Dr Tuo Ibrahim (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Dr Gonkalié Gbana Francis (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Mr. Cassien Oscar Roméo (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Ms. Jessica Mercedes Ferrer Salcedo (Technological University of Chocó, Colombia)

Ms. Yao Abran Angoua Bla Hermine (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)

Mr. Konin Ehui Arsène  (Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Ivory Coast)