The Classical Association of Ghana

The Classical Association of Ghana


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Promoting teaching and research in Classics and Classical Studies in Ghana and beyond, and contributing to understanding of the ancient world and its relationship to contemporary Africa.

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The Sportula:Microgrants for Classics Students


The Sportula: Microgrants for Classics Students thanks the Classics community for their generous donations over the past few weeks. Part of these donations have been sent to The Okra Project, an initiative that pays Black Transgender chefs to cook free, home-cooked meals for others who identify as Black and Transgender or Gender Non-conforming. Okra has also created the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund for Black people to be able to have therapy sessions with Black therapists.

Right now, we still have plenty of available funds to support and prioritize requests from Black Classics students and scholars. These can cover anything from access to mental health resources, protester bail, books for next semester, or even $5 for a Starbucks coffee or other self-care treat. COVID-related emergency requests are also being honored at this time. As a reminder, our microgrants range from $5-300 and help fill in funding gaps often unaccounted for by traditional scholarship programs. To request a microgrant, please send us an email at the above address or use our contact form:

We ask that our Classics community continue to spread the word about microgrants to Black Classics students and colleagues. While we appreciate the recent influx in donations, we hope the intended recipients of our microgrants are able to receive them. We must also reiterate that donating to us is not the only act of solidarity that individuals within the Classics community can take, as Black people have worth outside of academia and Classics.

In Solidarity,
The Sportula: Microgrants for Classics Students

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"...What really pulled me to Amo is that he exists in a world as a racialized minority in the same way that I do. I couldn’t help but be drawn to something that mirrored me in a way that nothing that I had ever studied in the modern period ever had. I don’t know if I would have continued and gotten my Ph.D. if I hadn’t found Amo. He saved me. Because I was sick and tired of studying Western thought. I was sick and tired of not seeing how this could relate to me except in terms of power or whiteness."~Dwight Lewis First Generation Classics Special 25/04/2020

CFP: Global Classics and Africa

Due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed ICCG 2020 to 7th-10th October 2021. The venue for the conference remains the same.

Deadline for abstracts has passed and decisions have already been communicated. Speakers have been maintained for 2021, but we may issue a further call for abstracts later in the year. The Classical Association of Ghana 2nd International Classics Conference in Ghana (ICCG) 8th to 11th October 2020 University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana Theme: Global Classics and Africa: Past, Present, and Future



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Call for papers

Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds.

The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 CET on 31 March 2020. Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds Call for papers The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 CET on 31 March 2020. The theme of the dynamics of knowledge development in Africa opens up debate for many different topics. In total there are 50 panels and there will be ro


Kind reminder that deadline for abstracts for 'Global Classics and Africa' is in less than two weeks.

3rd CfP (Extended Deadline: January 30, 2020): Global Classics and Africa: Past, Present, and Future

8th to 11th October 2020
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Keynote Speakers

Professor Folake Onayemi (University of Ibadan)

Professor Philip Bosman (Stellenbosch University)

The late 1950s and early 1960s ushered in a period when many African countries were gaining political independence. Immediately, there was an agenda to unite African nations, and a policy of Africanization began to gain ground. In the area of education, this Africanization process was vigorously pursued. In Ghana the Institute of African Studies was established, and an Encyclopaedia Africana project, originally conceived by W. E. B. DuBois, was revived. In Nigeria, new universities were established to counter the colonial-based education that was present at the University of Ibadan, and in some East African countries there were fears that foreign university teachers would not be able to further the Africanization of university education.

One of the fields of study singled out in this process of Africanization was Classics. Classics was believed to serve the interests of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Part of the agenda of this Africanization was to highlight African contributions to world civilization and to show that the ‘Western’ world could not lay claim to any superior heritage. As part of restitutive measures in the field, scholars have begun exploring the idea of ‘Global Classics’, showing how the Classics connects with the broad spectrum of humanity and society. While there is evidence to show that this kind of link has been explored since (or even before) the independence of African nations, it has begun to garner attention across the world. Yet, there are still places in Africa and other continents where Classics continues to be inward-looking and does not open itself to interdisciplinarity, collaborations, nor to other civilizations besides the Graeco-Roman world.

In the present context of globalization, and the decolonization and Africanization of education in Africa, how might we account for the role of Classics in Africa, and to what extent can the idea of ‘Global Classics’ be the way forward? We seek papers that explore these questions, from the earliest presence of Classical scholarship (broadly defined, and including archaeology, literature, material culture, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc.) in Africa, and project what the future holds for Classics in Africa. We also welcome papers that draw lessons from non-African contexts. Papers may explore any of the following, as well as related, themes:

• academic freedom and politics
• African studies and global history
• Africanists/African-Americanists and the Classics
• art, museums, and architecture
• citizenship, migration, and cosmopolitanism
• classical connections with cognate and non-Classics disciplines
• comparative cultural reflections
• decolonization, pedagogy, and curriculum development
• economy, trade, and diplomacy
• gender and sexuality
• geography, environment, and development
• globalization, capitalism, and education
• race, ethnicity, and identity
• science, technology, and society
• war, peace, and democracy

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers to iccg [at] by January 30, 2020. We aim to send notifications of acceptance by the end of February 2020.

Conference Registration

Conference registration includes the conference pack, snack breaks and lunch.

A. Before July 15, 2020

Non-students US$ 120
Students US$ 50

B. After July 15, 2020

Non-students US$ 150
Students US$ 80

Online registration opens: April 15, 2020
Online registration closes: August 30, 2020

Information regarding dinner, excursions, travel and accommodation will be communicated later. All enquiries should be sent to Gifty Katahena (kemgift [at] or Michael Okyere Asante (kwadwoasante1 [at]

Collaborating Departments/Institutions
The Classical Association of Ghana
Department of Philosophy & Classics, University of Ghana
Department of Classics & Philosophy, University of Cape Coast
Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University
Department of Classics, King’s College London

Organizing Committee
Gifty Etornam Katahena (University of Ghana)
Peter K. T. Grant (University of Cape Coast)
Michael K. Okyere Asante (Stellenbosch University)
Daniel Orrells (King’s College London) 18/01/2020

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Liberating the precolonial history of Africa – Toby Green | Aeon Essays

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Blog: Women in Classics: A Conversation with SCS President-Elect Shelley Haley: Part I Our second interview in the Women in Classics series is with Shelley Haley, Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College. She was born in upstate New York and earned her B.A. from Syracuse University in 1972. She received her M.A. in 1975 and her Ph.D. in 1977... 10/01/2020

SAFA 2020 Society of Africanist Archaeologists | School of Archaeology

SAfA 2020: Oxford, 21-24 September 2020
The Past Through the Past: Constructing Identity, Tradition, and Community in Africa

In many modern societies identity and social boundaries are often constructed through binary oppositions between “past” and “present” or “us” and “them.” In our “present,” the past is frequently conceptualized through a flux of shifting ideas, images, and categories that are associated with material culture from different periods and regions. Fields such as archaeology, art history, and classics, for instance, use material culture to make sense of the past and present it in a more tangible and imaginable form to the present. Since the start of the twenty-first century, historians have been paying close attention, on the one hand, to the genealogy and underpinnings of these interpretative approaches and, on the other, to the ways in which societies have actualized the material traces of the past for political and socio-economic reasons. This symposium sets out to explore the ways in which African societies approached their own past, with a focus on the relationship between identity and material culture. Topics of interest include: how did societies forge new connections with ruins and monuments that were present in the territories they inhabited? In which ways was material culture used to support competing interpretations of the past? Is it possible to identify traces of iconoclasm in the historical and archaeological record of Africa? How were human activities shaped by different concepts of time?
How to submit an abstract for your paper
Please use the form which is available on the Web at Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words and must be in either English or French. They must be submitted by 31 January 2020. Abstracts submitted after that date will not be considered. Please contact the organizers by email Jacopo Gnisci [email protected] and Efthymios Rizos [email protected] well in advance of the 31 January deadline to make sure that your paper fits the symposium’s theme.
Abstracts must be submitted to the Organizing Committee at [email protected] AND also to the symposium’s organizers. Put the code and the short title of the symposium (= ME-11 - Constructing Identity, Tradition and Community) in the subject line of the email. Please note that symposium organizers may redirect your paper for inclusion in a General Session of their symposium is already full, or if your paper does not make a good fit with their theme.

SAfA membership: a precondition of paper submission
Membership of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists is a precondition of presenting a paper at SAfA 2020. You MUST therefore confirm that you are a member of the Society when submitting your paper’s abstract. Membership of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, which is free for African residents, can be effected via the SAfA website at Welcome to the website of the 25th SAfA Conference. All of us on the Organizing Committee look forward to seeing you in Oxford in 2020.

The Classical Association of Ghana

Established as the Classical Association of the Gold Coast in 1952, the Association assumed its present name when Ghana gained political independence. The Association became inactive from the mid-70s.

After several decades, Classicists at Legon and Cape Coast held a joint meeting in December 2017 and, soon after that, a new constitution for the Association was promulgated. In October 2018 the Association was re-inaugurated at the 1st International Classics Conference in Ghana (ICCG) held at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana.

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