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DAIS


Virtual Dais for Academic and Intellectual Sessions

01. Overview

The Virtual Dais for Academic and Intellectual Sessions (DAIS) is being developed as part of the Trusts Area of Focus and Philanthropy dedicated to Contributions to Public Knowledge. All Trusts Areas have been established to fulfill a core mission of The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations to increase the public awareness, public knowledge, and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including shared communities in the Americas, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, and Europe. DAIS is essential to that mission in the following ways:

Enhancing Awareness

A primary concern for The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are sustained inequities in institutional and public attention to (and support of) academic knowledge and discussion, especially where Africa, its diasporas and connected societies are either the subject or venue of learning. DAIS has been proposed as an innovating and transforming means to address such inequities — via the enhanced convocation, dissemination, partaking and processing of intellectual dialogue and exchange.

Enhancing Attendance

An additional objective of DAIS is to also enhance attendance at, and participation in, such discussions, before, during, and after they occur, throughout the calendar year.

Enhancing Access

And it is part of the primary objectives and planning for DAIS that the information, viewing, and archives provided by this project would ultimately enhance access to valuable intellectual knowledge and dialogue, as they are produced at and beyond a number of institutions and locales throughout the continent and world, concerned with the past, present, and future of Africa, its global diasporas, and a range of shared societies.

02. Resources

Financial and equivalent resources for the conception, development, and operation of DAIS are provided by The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Informational sources are developed and confirmed via our process described below.

Wearing Jackets, Brooklyn, USA, June 2018 (Roxana Crusemire)

03. Process

Much of the information provided on DAIS is confirmed via communication by those producing and publishing intellectual knowledge and those organizing discussions concerning such knowledge. It is central to the mission of DAIS (as well as The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations) that the sources of such information is thus consistently confirmed. Only then shall such information be inputted into our education systems, resulting in the process delineated below:

01.

Knowledge & Conversation

Identifying knowledge production and intellectual dialogue (pertaining to Africa, its global diasporas, and shared societies) that remains inequitably acknowledged, distributed, supported, or understood.

02.

Confirmation of Sources

Careful confirmation of sources providing such knowledge and dialogue.

03.

Distribution & Education

Inputting confirmed information in our distribution and education systems, toward the enhancement of public awareness, interest, and knowledge.

Education & Research Public Knowledge

DAIS

Virtual Dais for Academic and Intellectual Sessions

Purpose

DAIS is a core endeavor for The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations in fulfilling an originating mission to enhance public awareness, public knowledge, and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including a range of shared societies.

  • Date

    June 30, 2014

  • Client

    The Ikoku Foundations

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