Call for Paper Presentations at the First International Conference on Igbo Civilization
19-22 January, 2009, Imo Concord Hotel, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
The First International conference on Igbo Civilization is being organized in Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart which was published in 1958. While the international community is celebrating Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, as an accomplished piece of literature, the Igbo nation, whose ancient civilization forms the background of the plot of Things Fall Apart, and whose world has taken a most tragic state in contemporary times is being challenged to search for the meaning of Things Fall Apart in their history and their situation in the world today. For citizens of the Igbo nation, therefore, Things Fall Apart is not a mere literary subject. It is an eloquent testimony of the intricacies of pre-colonial classical Igbo Culture and Civilization, as well as the effects of colonization on traditional Igbo society, presented to the World as a paradigm of ancient African Culture and Civilization. This is why, though the impact of Things Fall Apart on African and World literature is inestimable, its fruits are found in other spheres of intellectual activity, namely, philosophy, art, sociology, politics, religion and even science.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
-Ndigbo in World History.
-Igbo World before Equiano
-The Atlantic Slave Trade and Igbo Civilization
-Igbo Civilization and the making of the early history and culture of the Americas
-Colonial Penetration, Conquest and Occupation of Igboland
-Ndigbo and the Anti-Colonial Struggle.
-Igbo Women in the Resistance to Colonialism
-Zik and the Zikist Movement.
-The Whiteman’s incursion into Igboland and Igbo Resistance:
- The disruption of the Aboriginal order and the import of the new and alien order.
-Ndigbo and the Colonial Regime (Conspiracy and Intrigue)
-Colonization, Cui Bono? A Civilizing Mission?
-The forced amalgamation of ethnicities, the formation of Nigeria, and the pre-existing order
-Ndigbo and the Pre-Independence Multi-ethnic Nigerian Society.
-The Contradictions of the Colonial Nigerian Federal System.
-Ndigbo and the 1966 Military Coup in Nigeria.
-Ndigbo and the Biafra War.
If you are interested in presenting at conference, please send the following information:
1) Title of your paper and abstract
2) Your name and institutional affiliation
3) Mailing address AND email address
4) Telephone and fax numbers
Please send this information NO LATER than November 20, 2008 to
Professor T. Uzodinma Nwala, firstname.lastname@example.org
or the US coordinator: Dr Chima J. Korieh, email@example.com
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