Culrun 2014: "The Humanities, Conflict and Development in Africa
The College of Humanities of Redeemer's University, a private university, in Redemption City, Ogun State, Nigeria, invites you to its first international conference which will hold from May 27th to 28th, 2014, under the theme: "The Humanities, Conflict and Development in Africa".
Africa has remained embroiled in conflict ever since it was first recognized as an environment occupied by the black race as a land of incessant struggle. First was the bitter experience of slavery, followed by the struggle for independence against a variety of colonial powers, and finally, the continuing search for viable leadership which will lead to concrete development plans within each African state in the reality of the globalized world of the 21st century. This uneasy socio-political and economic backdrop has created the troubling reality of existing conflicts and constant attempts to bring about the resolution of such conflicts.
Culture and its relationship with the African continent encompasses a plethora of expansive intellectual categories and ideas of existence which include the symbols, customs, traditions, religions, languages, mannerisms and contemporary behaviour, which not only reflect the colour and beauty of a people, but also their constitutive essence and national identity.
In the face of Africa's troubled socio-political realities, scholars of Africa have pushed the word "culture" towards an attainment of new meanings. Apart from being the distinct ways of a people, culture has been expanded to view man and his society as agents of dynamic growth; this has in turn endowed man with an "evolved human capacity" empowering him to find new meanings and solutions. Culture has inspired and infused society with the determination to find plausible equations of equality, so that issues of co-existence within a given polity no longer lead to destruction and loss of property. Culture then becomes a tool for tracing the origins of man, for forging concrete consciousness, and for attaining a form of development which is social and political, as well as traditional and modern.
The conference will encourage would-be participants to propose papers that will explore new thoughts on the humanities, conflict as politics, conflict as by-products of evolving contours of identity and self-representational essence. We shall also welcome papers that attempt to raise issues and find solutions to new meanings to the existence of the Africa of the 22nd century.
Interested scholars and participants will be expected to raise salient issues in discussions, workshops and paper presentations, which will be published as resource materials and suggested solutions to the African problem. Young academics are encouraged to come and share in the mental and scholarly mentorship ambience which the conference will provide. Avenues for scholarly and intellectual debates will be encouraged at the conference.
Proposed papers may investigate and explore one, or more, of the following topics, but are not limited to them:
African Oral Culture
Conflict of Leadership
Cultural Diplomacy and Conflict
Culture, Women and Leadership
Dramatic Texts on Leadership
Feminism and Conflict
Generational Dynamics of Conflict Resolution
Literature on Tradition and Modernity
Pentecostalism and Culture
Poetry and Conflict Resolution
Religion and Conflict
Slavery and Conflict
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: May 1st, 2014
All Enquiries should be directed to
Dr. Harry Olufunwa
Phone: 08027014792, 08037180425