Call for Papers: Nigeria Beyond 2014 International Conference

Deadline: 16 October 2014 - 12:00am

Dates: 16 - 17 August 2014


Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

Venue: University of Johannesburg

In what ways, and under what predictable and feasible socio-political scenarios might the acknowledged potentials (human and otherwise) of Africa’s biggest country become realizable? In other words, in spite of its dilemmas and the perceived spectres of state failure, how might one speak of Nigeria’s prospects beyond 2014? In theoretical and practical terms, what models of postcolonial/post-independent nationhood and democracy can be contemplated for Nigeria’s immediate and long term future? These are some of the questions that the conference, “Nigeria Beyond 2014” seeks to answer. The opening day of the conference shall be dedicated to democratisation and political transition which is central to an exploration of the current and future state of Nigerian nationhood. This will lead to the second (and concluding) day that will interrogate other aspects of Nigerian nationhood.
Presentations may include comparative perspectives (possibly with South Africa and/or other African nations) as well as the possible roles that diasporic communities may assume with regard to citizen participation and civil activism. Attention will also be paid to issues of Nigerian migration, the international representation and perception of Nigeria/Nigerians and its impact on official and non-official relations between Nigerians and people from other nations, especially South Africa where the conference will be held. Fifteen minute papers on these questions are invited from scholars (established and novice alike), members of the international and local civil rights community, students, political and cultural actors, media practitioners, the diplomatic community, business leaders and experts, government and public officials and all those interested in Nigerian issues.
Dates: Thursday 16 to Friday 17 October 2014
Venue: University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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