George Washington University's “Remembering Biafra” conference will bring together scholars, activists, and humanitarians to examine the global impact of the Nigeria-Biafra War of 1967-70. Speakers will analyze the war in terms of its impact on US-Africa relations, its influence on the modern politics of humanitarianism, and the legacies of decolonization. With the 50th anniversary of the start of the war in June 2017, the conference will explore why this major African crisis has been so long forgotten, and what lessons might be learned from remembering Biafra today.
This conference brings together scholars, policy analysts, humanitarians, and artists to explore the multiple ways in which the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1970 drew the attention of the world, and to assess the legacies of Biafra for subsequent generations.
This event is sponsored by the Elliot School of International Affairs, the Institute for African Studies, and the Columbian College of Arts and Science incl. the American Studies Department