The Institute of African Studies is proud to announce the inaugural Emerging Scholar Conference in Canada, marking the first-ever gathering of its kind. This annual event aims to foster and develop an engaged intellectual community among undergraduate students, graduate students, emerging scholars, and community scholars in the fields of African Studies, African Diasporic and Migration Studies, or Black Studies.

Participants from Canada, the African diaspora, and Africa are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join. The conference also seeks to highlight and engage the broader Ottawa community and showcase the exceptional work of students affiliated with the Institute. Notably, we will pay tribute to the late Director, Professor Pius Adesanmi, by featuring an annual memorial keynote in his honor.

We welcome the participation from scholars, early-career professors, university students of various levels, and community researchers or practitioners engaged in African Studies, African Diasporic Studies, or Black Studies!