College of Humanities Holds 5th International Research Conference

The College of Humanities of the University of Ghana recently held its 5th International Research Conference after a long while due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two-day conference themed “Perspectives on Inequalities: Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development Before, During & After Covid-19”, took place on the 13th and 14th of October 2022, at the Cedi Conference Centre, University of Ghana. The event was attended by international academics and non-academics, faculty, staff, and students at the College of Humanities and the University community, as well as civil society organisations.

At the launch of the conference, the Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, gave the welcome address, in which he mentioned that the conference is geared towards boosting post-graduate education and faculty research to facilitate the attainment of the University's strategic priorities and to cement its eminent position of leadership in shaping University of Ghana’s mandate of national, regional, and global relevance. According to Prof. Ofori, international research conferences allow us to effectively deliver on our mandate as a research and training institution. Speaking on the theme of the conference, the Provost averred that the conference provides a timely avenue for creative theorising, analysis, and discussion of perspectives and inequalities from all disciplines that seek to address the global governance and developmental challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chairperson of the conference, Professor Felix Ankomah Kwabena Asante, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Office of Research, Innovation, and Development (ORID), in his speech, mentioned that the event is timely and relevant as it is in line with the University of Ghana’s mission to contribute to the intellectual discourse on global issues. According to Prof. Asante, the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened existing inequalities and created new forms of inequalities at different levels (globally, regionally, nationally, and even to some extent within households), as well as different spheres of life; political, economic, and the domains of discourse, gender, race, and ethnicity. He highlighted that the conference seeks to address the myriad ways in which research in the humanities can be focused on addressing the challenges of inequalities for sustainable development.