Believe it or not, agree with or not, there are some people seriously working on the dream, the idea and the reality of a "United States of Africa":
Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) / Republic of Senegal , Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Symposium on the United States of Africa
Dakar, 15-18 June 2009
Call for papers
The Heads of State and Government of the African Union made it clear, in a Decision, that the ultimate objective of the African Union is the political and economic integration of the Continent, leading to a United States of Africa.
Cheikh Anta Diop University , Dakar , will organize a “Symposium on the United States of Africa” in Dakar from 15 to 18 June 2009, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal .
In view of your interest in Pan-Africanism and African Unity, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this important meeting so as to make your invaluable input to the dialogue that will, thereby, be initiated between politics and the drive to enhance the unity of the peoples of Africa .
We request you to kindly confirm your participation in this Symposium before 30 April 2009, and to let us have the summary of your presentation in regard to the underlisted five themes of the meeting, the Terms of Reference of which is attached hereto:
1. Federalism and Sovereignity of States;
2. Federalism, Cultures and National Languages;
3. Federalism, Economic Development, Science and Technology;
4. Federalism, African Peoples, the Civil Society and the Diaspora; and
5. Union Authority.
Three Papers will be chosen for each theme, and will be presented at the plenary. The Papers so selected will serve as basis for the discussions and will be published in the Acts of the Symposium. Other Papers will be selected for dissemination and publication.
All the Papers should reach us before 15 May 2009 - the deadline for submission.
The outcomes of the discussions will help enrich the ongoing brainstorming in the Universities of the Continent and the Diaspora, and contribute to political decision making in the African Union, agenda of which should take on board the outcomes of academic research and the experiences of political and social players.
Honorarium will be paid in respect of the fifteen Papers selected for presentation. The organizers will be responsible for the transport fares and subsistence allowance of the participants.
We count on you to make this “Symposium on the United States of America” a resounding success and ask you, dear Madam (dear Sir) to kindly accept the assurances of our highest consideration.
Professor Boubacar Barry
Scientific and Organizing Committee
N.B.: Some sort of freudian lapse must have prompted the reference to "this Symposium on the United States of America" in the last paragraph...