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
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:
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 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.” Korea’s main exports then were tungsten and fish among other primary commodities. In 2015 Korea’s GDP per capita 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:
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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: email@example.com/cas@ugconferences .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.
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).
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International participants should email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com for mode of payment.
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University of Ghana offered everything we needed, from lodging to fitness center to fantastic views. We’ll come back year after year.
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