THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA
(NORTH CENTRAL ZONE)
INVITES SCHOLARS TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS FIRST ZONAL CONFERENCE ON THE
Solid Minerals, Energy and Food Resources, Creative Cultures and the Economies of the North Central Region in Historical Perspective
The North-Central Nigerian region has long been the focal point of intense population movements, economic activities, conflicts and socio-cultural interactions and mixtures. Extant available linguistic and archaeological evidence points to the antiquity of Man in the region. Archaeological data for example suggests that iron working peoples inhabited the region some 2,500 years ago; while ethnographic and anthropological surveys have indicated that the entire region was a great watershed for a multiple of Africa peoples. Similarly, the abundance of solid minerals in the region made it a technological and industrial hub in pre-colonial times and a great centre of solid mineral exploitation during the colonial period. Then too, the abundant agricultural resources of the region gave its peoples the comparative advantage of being an important centre of food production, both from the point of quantity and quality as well as diversity. During the period in reference, the North-Central Nigerian region was at the core of what was to later become the modern Nigerian economy.
The diverse resources enumerated above do not appear to march the current pace of development associated with the North-Central Nigerian region and its peoples. What happened to this region and how can this be remedied? Why hasn’t there been a deliberate policy to harness these resources for the development of the country? What should/can be done to bring back the golden age of the North-Central region as the hub of economic activities in Nigeria? What should be the role of government and the private sector in this renewed drive to revitalize the region, economically? How can research centres and institutions of higher learning in the North-Central region come in and drive this process of change? These questions are as relevant o the region as they are to the entire Nigerian nation, especially now that it is becoming clear that our over dependence on oil revenue is no longer positively impacting on the nation’s economy.
It is against the above background that the North-Central Nigerian region comes into focus at this conference. The conference seeks to congregate scholars from diverse disciplines, public policy analysts and the general public to interrogate the intersections between solid minerals exploitation, energy and food resources, creative cultures and development in the North-Central Region.
• Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives
• Historical Perspectives on the Development/Underdevelopment of North-Central Nigeria
• Food and Cultural Resources of North-Central Nigeria
• Music, Dance, Intergroup Relations and Food Resources in North – Central Nigeria
• Solid Minerals and the Economies of North-Central Nigeria
• Food and Nutrition Crises in North-Central Nigeria
• Water, Irrigation, Flood and Food Production in North-Central Nigeria
• Conflicts over Solid, Natural and Energy Resources in North –Central Nigeria
• Population Movements, Displacement and Security in North –Central Nigeria
• Mineral Exploitation, Trade networks and Entrepreneurship Development in North-Central Nigeria
• Migrant/Settler Communities and the Economies of North-Central Nigeria
• Gender issues in the Development of North-Central Nigeria
• The Problems and Prospects of Tourism Development in North-Central-Nigeria
• Policy Issues and Implications
Prospective participants are requested to submit abstracts of not more than 250 words on areas not restricted but related to the above sub-themes firstname.lastname@example.org(or call 08065709057, 08035229913 & 07036850416) on or before31st July, 2014. Authors of abstracts accepted will be notified as soon as they are assessed. Intending participants whose abstracts are accepted will pay anon-refundable conference fee of N10,000. All categories of students will pay N5000.
Professor Moses Ebe Ochonu
Department of History, Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America.
DATE: September, 2nd – 5th2014
VENUE: Arts Theatre Complex, Benue State University, Makurdi
Professor Okpeh O. Okpeh, Jr.
Vice President, North – Central Zone
&Head, Department of History Benue State University, Makurdi - Nigeria
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