International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

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International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

May 8th – 11th 2012 at the Benue State University Theatre Arts Complex, Makurdi, Nigeria

The Nigerian movie industry is fast growing and its global reach is quite phenomenal. It is speculated that Nollywood has become the third largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood. Despite this reach and growth, this growing and vibrant industry is inundated with challenges, some of which are presumed to be technological, professional, ethical, and cultural among others. Intersecting these challenges is the critical question of the place and representation of women. Nollywood and its films may have short-changed women, thereby creating not only a lopsided picture of the human resource, but the limitation of women's participation and contribution to national identity and development. In this regard, the movie industry has a major role in reversing the hitherto challenging issues of exclusive practices, negative portrayal, cultural, and gender stereotypes. With Nigeria's 50th Independence Anniversary, the current wave of the rebranding project, the clamour for 35% affirmative action for women, as well as the concerted efforts at achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become necessary to create a critical forum to discuss issues relating to the status and role of women in one of the nations most productive spheres. To negotiate these challenges and problematic, this conference is designed to afford scholars, researchers, professionals, and stakeholders the opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas. Possible themes to consider for your individual or panel presentation include, but not limited to, the following:
• Women and the Nollywood Industry
• Women Directors in Nollywood
• Women Producers in Nollywood
• Female Stars in Nollywood
• Women and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
• Gender and Interculturalism in Nollywood
• Women, Cultural and Religious Taboos in Nollywood Films
• Nollywood, Women and Globalization
• Motherhood in Nollywood Films
• Gendered Language Codes in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Cultural Identity
• Women and Violence in Nollywood
• Gender and Politics in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Film Genres in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Performance in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Race in Nollywood Films
• Queer Nollywood
• Gender and Fashion in Nollywood Films
• Sexuality in Nollywood Films

Keynote Presenter:
Professor Maureen Eke, of Central Michigan University

Please send a titled abstract between 200-250 words (for a 20-minute paper presentation), your technical needs, and a brief bio to by March 30, 2012.

Registration Fee: $125 for international participants, N15,000 for local participants and $50 for international graduate students, and N5,000 for local post grad students.