Theme: REVOLTS AND CHANGE, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND NATIONAL SECURITY, AFRICA IN THE LIGHT OF POPULAR UPRISINGs
Dates: February 25-28, 2014
Venue: National Defense College, Abuja
Host: National Defense College, Abuja
The resilience of the human spirit and dignity was demonstrated in Tunisia, December 2010 when Mohamed Bouazizi, a jobless graduate, boldly chose suicide than endure further state oppression and apathy, the ensuing uprisings instigated on-going political changes in North Africa, especially Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and the Middle East with reverberations in global security measures. People have always cast off the cloak of oppression across the continent, ranging from Ethiopia, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and many other places. Women have led revolts; sectarian movements have developed with armed resistance, with the state responding with a different mechanism, sometimes with extreme measures. How do we balance the need for state security, liberty, human rights and the pursuit of the good life while preserving our socio-cultural heritage and institutions?
We are interested in papers that address those fundamental issues that could propel people and groups to such ultimate sacrifice as did Bouazizi. We like to examine those life threatening realities that instigated such uprisings known as Arabs Spring, the occupy movement and those that account for conflicts between groups within a state as in Rwanda or Nigeria. These issues range from the political, judiciary, economic, social and cultural. A nation is as free, creative, and progressive as the least of its member; thus, the concern of a person or a group is a national concern.
We welcome papers that discuss national security in the context of individual liberty and existential angst.
Approaches to the theme include but are not limited to the following topics:
-State security and liberty; terrorism and personal expression
-Resource control and indigenous rights, human rights, cultural property and international organizations
-Language and culture, production and dissemination of knowledge, politics of cultural differences
-Ethnic nationalities and the quest for autonomy
-Religious diversity and liberty
-Gender and sexuality
-Education, research and development
-Privatization of public enterprises as engine of growth and the Stock Market
-Fracking technology, oil and gas industry and climate change
We welcome papers and panels proposal on these themes from all subject areas and disciplines.
Send abstracts not exceeding 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, and ensure that you copy email@example.com. Include contact information and institutional affiliation\s of the author\s. The deadline for abstract submission is December 15th, 2013. There will be a non-refundable registration fee of the equivalent of $100 for all accepted abstract and participants. Full-length papers must be submitted by January 30th, 2014. Abstracts and full papers must be submitted electronically firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Selected papers will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication. For further information visit: http://africaberlin-conference.com/
Prof Olayemi Akinwumi
National Defence College
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