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Liu Institute Network for African Conference 2019


The Liu Institute Network for Africa (LINA) at the University of British Columbia is a research-based network branching out of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. This network was created in 2018 to focus on global issues affecting Africa and African issues affecting

the world. It is a diasporic, scholarly platform operating out of UBC.

To officially launch LINA to the wider research community in British Columbia, an inaugural showcase of the network will be held at the Liu Institute at UBC, in Vancouver, on October 18-19, 2019.

This is an open invitation for undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and faculty researchers to submit abstracts to the 2019 LINA Inaugural Symposium BUILDING CONNECTIONS: BETWEEN AND WITHIN.


Dialogues, writing, research posters, music and art under the broad themes of education, decision making and environment will be featured during this two day event. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with LINA members and discuss the mission and vision of LINA while connecting with the network at UBC and in the surrounding community.


For any inquiries about the organization of the conference, please visit For any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Love-Ese Chile at, or Sylvanna Baugh at



Please submit an abstract for poster presentations (maximum 500 words) by August

23, 2019 using the form here

We are looking for work across all disciplines, focusing on global issues affecting Africa, and African issues affecting the world. The aim of the symposium is to build connections between scholars who work on Africa in the lower mainland (particularly at UBC). The three main topics of the conference are: Environment, Education, and Decision Making. The aim of the conference is to stimulate a lively, trans-disciplinary, and multi-approach debate about how we, as scholars of Africa, can engage with one another across disciplines to tackle a wide-range of issues affecting the world today.



Please contact Love-Ese Chile at if you would like to have your artwork featured at the Symposium. Creative works can include (but are not limited to):

photography, painting, digital visual works, short films, etc. Please also contact Love-Ese if you are interested in participating through a musical performance.

For the submission proposal, please include a digital sample or link to your work/portfolio

along with a detailed description of the project that does not exceed 500 words. Please be sure to include specific logistics to display/perform/screen this work in a symposium setting. 


We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts regarding, but not limited to, the following topics:


Climate change and the particular challenges faced by Africans

  • Environmental (post)colonialism and equity

  • Nature and marginalized communities

  • Environmental activism and justice

  • Environmental policies and economics affecting Africa

  • Educational initiative towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Decision making in the African Diaspora

  • Topics around open education, open data, open access, open science

  • Pre-colonial knowledge generation

  • Indigenous storytelling

  • Science and technology towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Entrepreneurship in Africa

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