Hosting a Conference that Interrogates the Experience of “Border” Communities during the Nigerian Civil War, September 2013.
The conference is being proposed by the Network of Benue and Cross River Historians in conjunction with the Historical Society of Nigeria, Kwararafa University Wukari and the Office of the Chief Historian and Archivist, Bayelsa State Nigeria, The Network of Benue and Cross River Historians met in Calabar in October 2012 to discuss the subject of the Nigerian Civil war against the back-drop of the planned centenary of amalgamation of Nigeria. The subject of the experience of communities that lived on both sides of the Nigeria/Biafra border was debated. It became clear and obvious from the debate that very little has been documented, from any perspective, of the experiences of such border communities. Given that the process of forcefully uniting the country proceeded from such communities, they were more often than not, tagged as conspirators and/or collaborators by both the Federal troops and those of the rebel republic. Numerous atrocities were committed by both sides and to date some of the scars of such atrocities are still visible.
The Network concluded that history has been unfair to the people who occupied the Nigerian/Biafra border and that their own accounts of the war have not been presented to any major audience. It was quickly resolved therefore, that a multidisciplinary conference be called to discuss these issues with a view to filling a yawning gap of the history of one of the darkest moments of our history.
Theme and Rationale for the Congress
The theme for the Congress is; Historicizing the Nigerian civil war experience of “border” communities.
To historicize the experience of peoples and communities that lived in border lands during the Nigerian civil war
To discuss socio-economic, cultural and human resources variables that determined the behaivour of communities who lived on both sides of the border during the civil war
To facilitate a platform to share experiences by scholars, eye witnesses and combatants in border locations during the civil war
To use history as a useful tool in charting the way forward in finding solutions to issues relating to border relations The following sub-themes will be interrogated.
Theoretical foundations: an analysis of the writings on the Nigerian Civil war as it affected border communities.
Actions and activities of combatants in Border Communities.
Micro-nationalism vs Nationalism: Border issues in Nigeria/Biafra and Biafra/Cameroun.
Role of community associations, trade unions, youth (student) movements in the border communities.
The plight of women and children in the civil war border lands
Nigerian Civil war Research: situational analysis and future prospects
War and Refugee Populations -- staying put, moving out, international aid, and survival
Population, Migration, and the Nigerian Civil War
Media and the new face of technology and war.
The Congress will hold in 5th to 7th September, 2013. The Proposed venue is Calabar, Cross River State.
Plot 6875,David Mark Byepass, Makurdi, Benue State
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