On the eve of the centenary celebrations of the coming of the Christian gospel into Southern Igbo land, 1912, Whelan Research Academy dedicates this year’s International Conference to the theme “The Church and Igbo Society”. Ever since the CMS came into Igbo land with Bishop S.A. Crowther landing in Onitsha in 1857, and the Holy Ghost Fathers doing the same in 1885, we know that a process of interaction between faith and culture, religion (Igbo) and religion (Christian) and within the Igbo spirit has been in operation. Here we want to concentrate our attention on Southern Igbo land and the relevant dates are 1906 for the CMS at Egbu and 1912 for the Catholics at Emekuku.
What effect has the proclaiming of the gospel and establishment of the Christian Church (es) had on the Igbo people, on Igbo culture, and on Igbo society? This with all the allied questions and problems is what we invite our contributors to reflect on in a sober manner. Like the theme of the last conference on Igbo origins, this one can tempt some contributors to make presentations that have more fire than light and more enthusiasm than mature scientific integrity or credibility. We must resist this temptation and go about this topic with the utmost seriousness, respect for the facts and from the nature of the subject, we need to approach it from a multifaceted, multidisciplinary complex of perspectives;
* Some will be historical - to narrate the story of the encounter, with specific events
linked in a timeline (for this we have enlisted some of our best historians at home
* Some will be reflections of a moral and philosophical or theological nature.
* Some will undertake a comparative analysis of the relevant religions and what impacts they have made on the Igbo spiritual and material culture, and on the Igbo character.
*And finally some will zero in on assessments of the new fusion, highlighting the negative and the positive and perhaps daring to look into the future of the marriage of the religions, both native and foreign, of the cultures both black and white, on the spiritual and material culture, on the society and on the personality of the Igbo.
1. Centennial of the British Conquest of the
Imo Basin .
2. Establishment of the Christian Church in the Imo Basin .
i. Anglican Communion
ii. Catholic Church
iii. Methodist/other Christian Denominations.
3. PRE-COLONIAL MORAL ORDER IN IGBOLAND
i. The ecological Perspective
ii. Anthropological Perspective
4. Ogu and Igbo Resistance to Colonization (Westernization).
5. The Military Campaigns in the Imo Basin .
6. The Legacy of Whelan: Education, Church and Society.
7. The Children and the Future.
8. Church Policy and Education Enterprises in Igboland.
9. The Pioneer Missionaries in Igboland (With emphasis on Archdeacon Dennis, Bishop Gorkin, Fr. Feral, Fr. D. Walsh, Bishop Whelan and others).
10. Impact of Christianization on Igbo Society: Moral Order.
11. The Challenges and Ambiguities of Inculturation in Igboland.
12. Christianity, Islam and Igbo Culture.
13. Leadership in Changing Igbo Society.
14. Christianization of Igbo People and Christianization of Igbo Culture.
15. Landmark Contributions of the Christian Church to Igbo.
16. The White man, the Gospel and the Igbo.
17. The Confluence of Colony, Christianity and Culture in Igboland.
18. Unresolved Issues of Christianity in Igboland: Osu, Diala from paganism, Corruption from westernization; ambiguity of this worldliness and other worldliness.
The Whelan Research Academy hereby invites well researched papers to reflect these and other relevant topics as summarized in the above sub themes.
Deadline for Submission of all Proposals/
Abstracts November 15th, 2011 .
For Submission of Completed Papers- December 1st, 2011 .
(We deeply regret and apologize for both the delay and the hurry.)
Send all enquiries, Proposals and Papers (preferably through electronic mail) to the Symposium Organizers:
* Msgr. T.I. Okere
* Chioma Odocha
- Prof. U.D Anyanwu
- Prof. Amah Ndukah
- Dr. Chidi Osuagwu
- Dr. Philip Njemanze
Whelan Research Academy, for Religion Culture and Society
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