World Congress on Transdisciplinarity 2020

The organizers of the 3rd World Congress on Transdisciplinarity invite the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa (REFICA) to participate in a two-phase global event;

  • a virtual first, from October 30, 2020 to September 3, 2021, and
  • one second face-to-face from November 2 to 6, 2021 in Mexico City.

The virtual congress will run for 10 months, for 40 weeks with activities on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Africa region has four (4) weeks (one theme per week) to develop the following themes:

  • Peace
  • African culture
  • Inter-religious dialogue
  • Africa and the coronavirus pandemic: scientific and cultural approach.

These themes will be discussed in the following forms:

  • a lecture (1 hour)
  • a round table (2 hours) on Wednesday,
  • a symposium (3 hours) on Friday.

Please indicate what contributions you can make to the development and presentation of these themes.

For the face-to-face congress, we ask you to make proposals for papers according to the 8 thematic axes selected (and which have already been sent to you. Please remind them if possible). Each paper proposal must include an 800-character abstract.

An exhibition space is planned to present African culture around the art of dress. Any other suggestion on your part would be welcome.

Concerning the practical modalities, you must register at the latest in August 2020, for both the virtual and the face-to-face congress.

A videoconference (by Zoom) with the members of the Network will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020, at 4:00 PM GMT to take stock of our participation.


The Permanent Secretary of the Network
Pr Jean-Noël LOUCOU

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of July 1, 2020


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It started in the United States with an uprising described as a “collective gasp for life” by the Poor People’s Campaign which continues the struggle for justice led by Martin Luther KIng, Jr. Their phrase refers to the last words of George Floyd, choked and killed by a white police officer “viscerally reminiscent of the lynching photographs that were used to terrorize African-Americans for decades in this nation.”

Excessive force by the police, condemned by fundamental international human rights law and standards, is commonplace in the United States according to a recent study.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of June 1, 2020


As we have seen in this bulletin in recent months, the global health and economic crisis has inspired many to envisage and prepare for radical change believing that “another world is possible.”

This month we feature two aspects of this movement: 1) towards local food production and consumption, known as food sovereignty; and 2) global rlinkage of activists via webinars and online courses and conferences. Hence a new variation on the old slogan that we should “Think global, act local.”

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of April 1, 2020

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of March 1, 2020

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of February 1, 2020

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of October 1, 2019

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