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FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

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ORGANISES 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCES (ICOSS’ 2018)
DATE: 17th - 20th JUNE, 2018 
VENUE: NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE, JABI-ABUJA, FCT NIGERIA

THEME:
 IMAGED OR IMAGINED: AFRICA AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD – ISSUES IN SECURITY, GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND REGISTRATION

PREAMBLE

In mid-January 2018, the World woke up to shocking news from the United States where President Donald Trump was quoted as describing African countries as shitholes, a phrase that attracted instant worldwide condemnation. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr. Trump was reportedly said to have asked Republican and Democrat lawmakers during talks on an immigration deal. World leaders out rightly condemned Donald Trump while in some countries, US Ambassadors were invited to explain their President's vile utterance.  The UN spokesman also condemned President Trump's remarks as "shocking", "shameful" and "racist."

However, despite the noise, the drama and condemnations, the point has been made. That, in this 21st Century, the Western world still see and treat the African continent and the black race as a whole, with disdain and opprobrium. The fact that there was no single demonstration in the US or anywhere in Western Europe since Trump issued his blistering attack on a whole civilization reinforced the notion that his voice represents the views and sentiments of the White Anglo-Saxon supremacists whose ideology of the Alt-Right is gaining ascendancy not only in the US but also in Europe.

Trumps rejection and opposition to multilateral diplomacy,  his attacks on the United Nations system, his revisionism on climate and environmental issues and his recent unilateral, though universally rejected decision to impose his will on the status of Jerusalem all point to an Empire in retreat. While Britain too is withdrawing from the European Union, a retreat of another former Empire, Russia is expanding its influence Eastwards towards Europe and the Middle East and China is systematically entrenching its foothold in Africa and Asia.

In effect, the World is changing and changing very fast.  The turmoil in the Middle East which germinated from the so-called Arab Spring engineered, funded and supported by United States and Western Europe has provided fertile ground for radical Islamists who, hiding behind fundamentalism and Puritanism are engaged in wars of attrition, violence and destruction. Terrorism, however defined has become the buzz word. From Somalia to Libya; Syria to Yemen; and Iraq to Afghanistan, the story is the same - stories of killings and destruction that have led to massive displacement of people - creating deluge of refugees, with women and children exposed to terrible and inhuman conditions.

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, the last three decades of monetary policies under the regime of the Bretton Woods Institutions - chiefly the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has led to deepening economic crisis accompanied with social tensions, conflicts and even open confrontation between various social groups. The debate on the national question and identity politics is gaining currency as a result of the influence of mass media, especially the unrestrained social media which is gradually breaking the domestic and global communication boundaries. Transitional politics in Africa has to also contend with growing communal conflicts arising from youth unemployment and the intensification of pressure over access to land and water, necessitating the need for conflict resolution mechanisms to forestall anarchy and disorder.  

 

AFRICA:  IMAGED OR IMAGINED?

In effect, Governing, researching, teaching and studying Africa is a tough endeavor by all parameters. This conception is derived from the multiple biographical pedagogical discourses relating to it since its encounter with the global communities starting with Arab-Islamic scholars and traders to the Europeans during the Age of Discovery in the late 15th century. Africa’s experimentation with colonialism and the decolonization and Wind of Change that followed soon exposed the challenges of European enterprise in Africa. 

The image, and how many people around the world perceive Africa will continue to be a major debate among scholars, students, and policy makers globally. From being imagined as an exotic or broken continent, the varieties of concepts and categorizations of Africa have created some methodological fuzziness that we hope participants will clear as we contemplate a better future for our continent. Certainly the Continent’s size, its peoples, States, politics, governments, etc. and internal development would remain focal points for research and policy analysis and for doing business and establishing relationships. We ask the pertinent question: Is Donald Trump and his tribe of white supremacist view of Africa a product of the imaged or imagined conceptual contradictions of Africa?

 

AIM OF THE CONFERENCE

This Conference is both timely and topical. Coming immediately after the blistering attack on the Continent by the American President, Donald Trump, there is no better time to pose the question: Whither Africa? The primary aim of this International Conferences is not just to address these issues, but to proffer solutions as well. Today, as Africa continues to be a focal point of global attention, the conference hopes to interrogate and deeply analyze the various issues confronting our people within the context of the evolving global system. 

 

SUB-THEMES

The Faculty of Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) hereby invites papers from scholars, researchers, students and practitioners on topics relevant (but not restricted) to the following sub-themes:

  • Historical and theoretical framework
  • Revisiting Modernization and Development Theories
  • Theorizing Africa and the contemporary world
  • Conceptual issues and intellectual paradigms
  • Understanding Africa’s social history and evolution
  • Africa and the Emerging International Systems
    • The rise of Ultra Nationalism and deepening xenophobia
    • Revisionism and the rise of a New Wave of Clash of Civilizations
    • Empires in Retreat - End of Multilateralism?
    • The Retreat of Great Britain from the International System
    • The Decline of the American Empire
    • The Re-Emergence of Russia as Global Power Player
    • The Rise of China and it's Pervasive role in African Economies
    • North Korea and the New Balance of Terror
  • Secured or Unsecured: Contending Security Issues in Africa
    • Food Security
    • Peace and Conflict Resolutions
    • Nationalism, Irredentism and National Identity Politics
    • Religion and Violence in Africa
    • Farmers and Herdsmen Crisis
    • Security and Human Rights
    • Trans-Border Security Management
    • Maritime Security
    • Personal Armies, Militias and Terrorist Groups
  • Governance and Challenge of Sustainable Development
  • Reframing Governance and Governments
  • Public Service Reform: Issues and Challenges
  • Governance and Security Challenges
  • Governance and Anti-Corruption
  • Mass Media and Development in Africa
  • ‘Masses’ Media, Social Media, and Images
  • Mass Media and the Nation
  • Mainstream Media
  • Media Regulations and Policies
  • Media and Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Democracy and Party Politics in Africa
  • Multi- Party System and Democratic Transitions
  • Intra-Party Politics and Political Development
  • Transitional Politics and Election Management
  • Followership and Leadership
  • Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa
    • Politics of Water Resources
    • Climate Change and Community resilience
    • Land Tenure System
    • Exploration and Land Degradation
    • Waste Management
  • Gender, Society and Development
  • Gender and Politics of Inclusion
  • Women and Political Representation
  • African Family Value System and Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT)
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • ICT and Networking
  • Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Cyber Security and Technological Growth
  • Access, Regulations and Control
  • Constitutionalism: Challenges of Social and Political Inclusion
  • Federalism
  • Constitutional Reforms in Africa
  • Legislature and Democratic Consolidation
  • Judiciary and Democratic Consolidation
  • Globalization, Development and Change
    • Economics of Poverty and Prosperity
    • Globalization, Urbanization and E-Infrastructure
    • Corruption and Development
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Culture and Nation Building
  • Emerging Economic Issues in Africa
    • Risk and Liquidity Management in African Economies
    • Financial Market and Cross Border Litigations
    • Money and Capital Markets
    • Financial Crisis, Economic Recession and Macro-Economic Policies
    • SUKUK – Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Non-State Actors and Challenges of Development
  • Civil Society Organizations and Democratic Consolidation
  • Faith-Based Organizations and Development
  • Community-Based Organizations and Development
  • Professional Associations and Development
  • Africa and International Organizations
    • The United Nations Organization and Development in Africa
    • African Union (AU) and Challenges of Development
    • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Regional Integration
    • NEPAD and African Peer Review Mechanism for Development
    • Africa and the Future of European Union
  • Education, Youth and the Future of Africa
    • Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Africa
    • Education and ‘Massification’ of the Tertiary Institutions
    • Education, Pedagogy and Methods in African Studies
    • Education, ‘Youthquake’ and Continental Development
    • Gender and Access to Education in Africa
  • Tourism and African Development
  • Old and New Tourism
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Health Tourism
  • Tourism and Investment in Africa

IMPORTANT NOTES ON THE CONFERENCE:

ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION:
Anyone wishing to make a presentation at the conference should submit no more than 200 words abstract in English Language to the following E-MAIL address: fssconf2018@noun.edu.ng

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Horace G. Campbell 
 Institute of African Studies, University of Legon, Ghana

LEAD PAPER PRESENTERS:
Prof. Akinjide I. Osuntokun
Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State


Malcom Fabiyi
Governance Advancement Initiative for Nigeria (GAIN).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:
Monday, 16th April 2018

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS:
Monday 14th May, 2018

REGISTRATION FEE:

Participants within Nigeria:                N25, 000.00

Participants from outside Nigeria:       USD100

Students:                                             N10, 000.00

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the conference, please contact the following:

Prof. Sam O Smah (+2348037000860: Email – ssmah@noun.edu.ng; samosmah@gmail.com)

Prof. Tijani Hakeem Ibikunle (+2348100379639: Email- profoye@gmail.com)

Dr. Aminu Umar (+2348039606787: Email – aminuumar@noun.edu.ng)

 

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