April 11-13, 2017


University of ghana, Legon


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9 Speakers

WHAT'S ABOUT EVENT / what's going on there come and learn

Dr Lloyd G. Adu Amoah

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, Ph.D. Ag. Director Centre for Asian Studies University of Ghana,Legon

 About us

The Centre for Asian Studies was established following a decision by the Council of the University of Ghana in October, 2015 and begun formal operations on August 1, 2016. The centre is one of the nine research centres under the College of Humanities. We are Ghana’s premier and pre-eminent centre exclusively dedicated to supporting research, training and exchange programmes and activities in Asian studies in close collaboration with Asian and other global partners.

CAS seeks to be a world class platform for innovative research, training and exchange programmes and activities in Asian studies relevant for mutually beneficial relations between Africa and Asia.

CAS in close tandem with the University of Ghana’s vision to be a world class research intensive institution will focus on the following:

  • build advanced multidisciplinary and comparative competencies and capacity for research and training on Asian studies for Ghana and Africa
  • carry out high quality policy-sensitive and development focused research on Africa-Asia relations to promote the socio-cultural and politico-economic transformation of Ghana and Africa
  • serve as the foremost hub in Ghana and Africa for academic and non-academic exchanges between cultural, social and policy organizations in Asia and other parts of the world.

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Call for Papers / Submit Papers


On March 6, 2017 Ghana will commemorate 60 years of independent nationhood. 40 of these 60years have borne witness to deepening fraternal links between Ghana and Korea. Diplomatic relations between the two countries formally begun on Nov 14, 1977. The development experience and trajectory of these two countries in the course of these years have been both dramatic and sobering.

As the perceptive Korean scholar Ha Joon Chang[1] informs us the average Korean in 1961(four years after Ghana’s independence) earned half of her Ghanaian counterpart’s yearly income($82: $169). Struggling to overcome the after effects of the Korean War Ha Joon Chang described the Korea of the 1950s and 1960s as a “basket case of development failure.[2]” Korea’s main exports then were tungsten and fish among other primary commodities. In 2015 Korea’s GDP per capita[3] was 19 times that of Ghana’s($27,221.5 to $1381.412). While Ghana today remains a primary commodity exporting country Korea has become an advanced economy exporting cars, ships and smart phones to the global market.  Key questions are implicated in the different developmental pathways of the two countries which hitherto were in the same development cohort.

What is the nature and form of Ghana-Korea relations? Can Ghana learn from Korea’s experience? How can Ghana utilize its relations with Korea for her development aspirations? What have been the high and low points of Ghana-Korea relations?  How did Korea achieve its phenomenal transformation in a generation? Did she follow orthodox development ideas or was she contrarian? Did culture play a key role? If so how? Did Korea consciously and deliberately leverage its relations with other countries as it sought to transform? Why and How? The symposium will attempt to answer these questions by serving as a vehicle for a critical retrospective look at Ghana-Korean relations in all its facets-diplomatic, political, economic, commercial, cultural, technological, scientific and ideational. The raison d’etre is to theoretically and empirically reflect on the pitfalls, lessons, successes, strains, and possibilities that have marked the interactions between the two countries over the last four decades in other to better plot and navigate the pathway for more mutually beneficial future relations.

The Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers on Ghana-Korea relations in their varied expressions across multiple sectors within the broader framework of contemporary emergent Africa-Asia relations. Proposals exploring the following thematic areas are strongly encouraged but should not be taken as exhaustive:

  1. Technological Innovation and Transfer
  2. The Economy, Ideas and National Transformation
  3. Trade, Investment and Commercial Connections
  4. Culture and Development
  5. Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy
  6. Migration and Diaspora
  7. ICT, Knowledge Society, New Media and Society
  8. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education-Strategies and Experiences
  9. Leadership and Governance
  10. People to People Engagement
  11. Urbanization, Architecture and Development

[1] 2007: ix

[2] ibid

[3] World Bank Data.

All Proposals should be in English should not be more than 250 words. All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals should clearly outline the methodological approach(es) used and how they contribute to the theoretical and/or empirical objectives of the conference. Kindly send your proposals to this email: .org.The submission must also contain the Title of the Paper, Name (s), Department(s), Institution(s), email Address(s) of the corresponding author.

A properly constituted panel should have four papers. Panel proposals should include a 200 word summary on the panel topic and an abstract for each of the four papers. The panel lead/organizer will be informed of the decision regarding the acceptance of the panel before individual panel members will be contacted.

  • Call for papers: Wednesday, 3rd January 2017.
  • Submission deadline: Thursday,15th February 2017.
  • Notice of acceptance of papers: 25th February 2017.

All participants should register online at the conference website[insert confab email address]. Payment includes conference package (snack, lunch, conference brochure, cocktail,) and can be made at the Director’s(Ag.) Office, Centre for Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, Room 15(see Nancy or Adomaa at the General Office).

Mobile money number +233(0)201753565.

International participants should email: for mode of payment.

Conference Schedule / dont forget it

Day I

Day I April 11, 2017 Venue-ISSER Conference Room, ISSER Conference Centre, University of Ghana, Legon
Opening Ceremony-Schedule of Events
10:30-15:30hrs-Registration and Arrival of Guests 15:30-15-35hrs-Introduction of Chairman (Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Department of

Day II

Day 2
Venue: ISSER Seminar Room, ISSER Conference Centre/IIAS Seminar Room (G-11), International House
Time:09:30 GMT Click view details
Roundtable I: Studying Asia-Experiential Reflections Theme:  Why should exposing Ghana’s University


 Day III April 13, 2017-  Conference Roundtable: Conference Wrap up Session
Venue-ISSERConference Room, ISSER Conference Centre Time- 11:30 GMT Click View details
 Conference Roundtable: Conference Wrap up Session Theme:  40 years hence what

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Event Speakers / meet with greater minds

Ambassador Woon-Ki Lyeo

Korean Ambassador to Ghana (Special Guest of Honour)

Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Minister of Foreign Affairs (Keynote Speaker )

Prof Kofi Anyidoho

Department of English, UG (Chairman)

Prof Samuel Agyei-Mensah

Provost-College of Humanities,UG

Conference Fees / perfect price for event



Early Bird(26/02/17 -26/03/17)

Faculty – GH¢100
Students – GH¢40
Standard(27/03/17 -14/04/17)
Faculty – GH¢150
Students – GH¢60

Local participants


Early Bird(26/02/17 -22/03/17)

Faculty/Others – GH¢150
Students – GH¢50
Standard(27/03/17 -14/04/17)
Faculty – GH¢200
Students – GH¢80

International Participants


Early Bird(26/02/17 -26/03/17)

Faculty – $150
Students -$100
Standard(27/03/17 -14/04/17)
Faculty – $200
Students – $150

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