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The 12th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association

Theme: “Ochịchị: Igbo Leadership – past, present and future.”

Dominican University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

May 22-24, 2014


The Igbo Studies Association (ISA) invites scholars and professionals working on all aspects of studies on the Igbo of southern Nigeria for its next annual international conference to be held from May 22-24, 2014 at The Dominican University, River Forest (near Chicago), Illinois, USA. The leadership and governance questions have become imperative, if not urgent, in light of profound changes in recent decades and the serious challenges of leadership confronting the Igbo and Igbo diaspora at the various intersections of family, kinship, village, intra and interethnic relations, national leadership. Other knotty issues mirror the complexities of globalization, migrations, gender, science, technology, and socioeconomic and political development. The 2014 conference will examine the general theme: Ochịchị: Igbo Leadership – past, present and future – and its congruencies in relation to the Igbo within their homeland, within the Nigerian polity, and in the context of the globalized world. We welcome both local and international experts, activists, and intellectuals at all stages in their careers to facilitate discussion and dialogue across disciplines and between scholars and professionals.

For the panels and individual paper proposals, Ochịchị: Igbo Leadership – past, present and future shall be conceptualized in the broadest possible ways so as to include history, culture, development, women, men, migration, childhood, and Igbo diaspora communities in historic and contemporary contexts. We assume that the Igbo leadership question is intertwined with major national and global developments in interesting but unique ways, and that participants will query these connections, especially on how the question of leadership in Igboland and among Igbo outside their homeland have influenced and have been influenced by the world around them in a constant flux.

Panels will engage with a variety of topics on

History, politics, economics
Religion and religious leaders
Fundamentalism, war and peace making
Igbo philosophy of leadership
Leadership among the youth
Morality and immorality in Igbo leadership
Intellectuals and ideological leadership
Achebeism and the leadership question
National leadership and the Igbo question
Igbo diaspora communities
Family, kinship, village
Corruption and self interest
Language, Law, Scientific expressions
Environment, philosophy, development and human rights
Education, sports, development intervention
Dislocation, resilience and new social formations
Literature, film, and the visual arts
Back to the future: Igbo leadership in the twenty-first century
Please include the following in your proposal: your name, current position and institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (150 words maximum), your mailing address, email, phone and fax number. You will be notified on the status of your submission and other program details by email. Selected papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in a post-conference edited book. Thus, papers should be written as if they are being prepared for publication. We prefer presentations in English. However, those who would like to present in the Igbo language should make translations of their papers available in English. Participants are responsible for the conference fee and their travel and lodging costs. It is important that those who will require US visas submit their proposals and completed paper early since they will need them for the visa interviews.

The FINAL deadline for submitting paper/panel proposals is January 10, 2014. Completed papers are now due for submission by January 31, 2014. For more information on the Igbo Studies Association, including membership and other matters, please visit us at: http://igbostudiesassociation.org.


Please email your proposal to:

Raphael C. Njoku, PhD, Conference Chair
Department of International Studies
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209 TEL: (208) 282-4164 | FAX: (208) 288-5099
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