CALL FOR PAPERS
Date: March 15, 2010
Submission Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2010
Submission deadline for completed article: July 15, 2010
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: REFUGEES AND RETURNEES IN BIAFRA
For several decades, scholars have been studying the refugee problem as a globally, and historically relevant phenomenon. Many of their works have addressed the refugee experiences and other forms of displacement on the African continent, the Middle East, Bosnia, Guatemala, and other countries. Some studies have included as part of their main topic, the returnee phenomenon. An example is K.B. Wilson’s (1992) Internally Displaced, Refugees, and Returnees from and in Mozambique. Although a lot has been written about the Nigerian Biafran War 1967-1970, comprehensive (or tangential) studies of Biafran refugees and returnees are virtually non-existent. Scholarly and policy studies that mentioned Biafran refugees have subsumed Biafran returnees under the general rubric of the refugee phenomenon. Nonetheless, a few studies about Igbo people who ‘returned’ to Northern Nigeria after the war exist. At an international conference on the Nigerian Biafran War held in Milwaukee, U.S.A. in September, 2009 a paper, Refugees and Returnees at Ogwa: Facing the Challenges in War-Torn Biafra, was presented. It stressed the recognition of the concept of returnee as a legitimate, realistic, and viable domain of analysis for the Biafra case. This volume will be the first of its kind to add to the growing literature on the Nigeria Biafra war. Following Harneit-Sievers et al (1977) A Social History of the Nigerian Civil War: Perspectives from Below, its central focus is also on the views from below by concentrating on the historical experiences of the various communities in Biafra. It will also include Biafran Nigerian intergroup relations and their impact, especially the continued legacy of refugeeism and returneeism in today’s Nigeria.
We seek papers of high quality (from all relevant disciplines) that address all dimensions of the refugee and returnee phenomena. Themes may include (but are not limited to):
General theoretical analyses of the refugeeism, returneeism, displacement, and escapeeism that have universal applications, and /or their particularities in the Nigerian and the Biafran contexts, are important.
The psychology of displacement / gendered experiences.
Problems of the refugees and the returnees/ problems of adjustments/ sustainability, health,
Ethnographic evidence from Biafran communities / local voices- the view from below.
Macro-level perspectives/ the UN, relief agencies/ humanitarian agencies/rehabilitation strategies.
Abstracts and completed papers should be sent by email to:
Dr. Dorothy Chinwe Ukaegbu
Professor of Anthropology
College of Southern Nevada,
Las Vegas, NV. 89030.
Dr. Dorothy Ukaegbu
College of Southern Nevada
Cheyenne Campus, S2D
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.,
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89030
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