THEME: INTEROGATING AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ITS HERITAGE RESOURCE
DATE: 20ND JULY TO 22nd JULY 2014
The Continent Africa is said to possess a huge potential both in terms of human and natural resources. It is undoubtedly home to 12% of the worlds population, it is the second biggest continent on earth and its diversity is tremendous, enabling it to account for 46% of the worlds chromium, 48% of its diamonds and platinum and 29% of its gold. Africa accounts for 30% of the worlds languages with a total language count of 2,058. For very many reasons, these huge potentials have not been translated into any meaningful development on the continent.
Though African resources have contributed immensely to the development of other parts of the world, through coercion, biopiracy and theft, the continent is still largely conceived as a receiver rather than a contributor to development. It is today no secret that, one out of every four poor persons in the world is an African. This is in addition to the fact that the continent has the lowest life expectancy and is uncontrollably ravaged by the HIV/AIDS scourge. It has very high child mortality, low literacy rates and very poor health indicators. At the intellectual level, even though Africa has top of the pack scholars scattered all over the world, no African University has made the list of the worlds top 100 Universities neither in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics nor Engineering Technology and Computers, Life and Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacy nor Social Sciences. These challenges (and more) have made it impossible for Africa to claim the 21st century with confidence. The conference entertains research papers intent at engaging African Development from the perspective that Africa is yet to appreciate the repertoire of its knowledge systems and heritage and the imperative of foregrounding its development on these knowledge systems and reformatting its educational system by critical appraisal of its Knowledge Systems. Consequent upon this commitment, the Faculty of Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi in collaboration with the African Studies Institute of the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA requests abstracts of not more than 200 words. The Abstract must include, the title, author(s) name and institutional affiliations, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone numbers. The abstract should also include between 3 to 5 keywords in any but not excluding of the following sub-themes:
History and Archaeology of African Nationalities.
African Culture Area (Geography, land and settlements).
African Rituals and Religions, Philosophies, thought systems and Knowledges.
African Social and Political Organization (Marriage etc).
African Songs, Dances, Performances/Theatre and Music.
Disease and Medical Practice in Africa.
African Food, Economy, Agriculture and the Home.
African Culture of Death, change and continuity.
Science, Pharmacology, Arts and Craft, Technology and Textiles.
Africa Languages in Retreat: Continuity and Discontinuity.
African Law and Justice Systems.
African Sexuality, Gender Studies and post modernity.
Continental and Diaspora Africans in Dialogue and Development
Diaspora Africans and Traditions of Origin
African Heritage Resource Management and Development
Africa, Globalization and Development
African gods and Ritual Resource in Retreat
African Traditions and Conflicts Management
Africas Triple Heritage and Development/Underdevelopment
Continental/Diaspora Africa in the Eyes of the World
African Politics, Economy and Sustainability in Leadership & Governance
African Culture and Environmental management
Biodiversity conservation and Sustainable energy in Africa
Engineering and technology
Industry and entrepreneurship
Urbanization and transportation in Africa
African Health Systems, Ethno-medicine/Drug research
Traditional Communication and Information Technology
Traditional knowledges and technology
Any other related area
DATES TO REMEMBER
January, 1st 2014 Abstract Submission Deadline
February, 3rd 2014 ........................Notification of Acceptance
March,3rd 2014 Deadline for Submission of Revised Abstract
April, 1st 2014 Deadline for Submission of Full Paper
April, 29th 2014 Deadline Submission of Revised Full Paper
May, 27th, 2014 . Early Registration
June, 3rd 2014 . Publication of Book of Abstract
July, 21st 2014 . Arrival of Conference Participants
July, 22nd 24th .. Conference
December, 31st 2014 . Publication of Journal/Conf. Proceedings
THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IS BEING ORGANIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AFRICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS, GEORGIA, USA.
Alloy S Ihuah PhD Ishima Jighjigh
Faculty of Arts Seminal and Conference Committee
Alloy S Ihuah PhD
Dept. of Rel. and Philosophy,
Benue State University,
Makurdi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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