The Institute of African Studies organizes an annual “African Studies” conference series. The theme for the 2014 edition is “Leadership and Cultural Diplomacy in Nigeria”. While leadership simply refers to the ability to lead others, cultural diplomacy recognizes the inevitability of cultural diversity in a multicultural society but calls for interaction between cultures in a manner that produces a more united nation. Leadership plays a significant role in making this dream realizable. Where leaders pursue policies of cultural acceptance and tolerance, the society takes the form of a beautiful rainbow by the fact of its cultural diversity. But where leaders promote cultural separation, the nation is carved into a war zone. What is the Nigerian picture? In what specific ways is the nation (at the state, corporate, community and individual levels) exploiting culture as a tool for national integration? What leadership frameworks inform the production, preservation, protection and positive usage of cultures in Nigeria? In what particular ways have cultures promoted stronger and more amicable connections between Nigerian groups on the one hand and Nigerians and the rest of the world on the other? How are cultural groups and movements shaped in the civil society and to what extent is the Nigerian state benefitting from these non-state actors such as arts collections, private museum owners, cultural troupes, and film makers? Who are cultural bearers in the Nigerian society? What leadership rights do they enjoy? Scholars and cultural managers are invited to join the Institute of African Studies and IFRA in providing answers to these questions by submitting 250-word abstracts on any of the following sub-themes:
Historical acts of cultural diplomacy
Leadership of culture bearers
The use of music, film, art, and dance as tools to promote positive intercultural relations.
Culture, leadership and gender relations
Culture and human rights protection (women's rights, racism, xenophobia, and general equality)
Patriarchy and cross cultural marriages
Social relevance of Cultural festivals
Social organization and leadership of cultural groups
Intergenerational conflict in cultural orientation
Leadership in museum management
Art exhibitions and their social relevance
Lessons from Nollywood films
Leadership in cultural adaptation
Leadership, culture and cross border diplomacy
The conference would provide golden opportunities for exchanging new ideas and experiences on these critical issues with a view to teasing out innovative approaches for strengthening the Nigerian state.
Conference Date: August 4-6, 2014
Venue: CONFERENCE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA
Registration Fee: N10,000.00
Abstracts should be submitted to Dr Kayode Samuel at firstname.lastname@example.org latest by June 15, 2014. You will be given additional information on the conference upon acceptance of your abstract. Select papers from the conference will be subjected to scientific peer review and published in two edited volumes.
Full Paper: Paper which must not be more than 15 pages, including APA style references, should be submitted latest 30th July, 2014.
Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria
Phone: +234 705 661 5698
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