Call for Papers: Challenges of Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa

1st International Pan-African Conference on the CHALLENGES OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

CHRISLAND UNIVERSITY, ABEOKUTA, NIGERIA

in Collaboration with CEOAFRICA

Organises the

1st International Pan-African Conference

with the theme

CHALLENGES OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

For many years, the development challenge has been a rich world of one billion people facing a poor world of five billion people. The real development challenge is that there is a group of countries at the bottom that are falling behind and often falling apart. This has been described by Paul Collier (2007) as The Bottom Billion. Unfortunately, most of the Bottom Billion countries are located in Africa. For example, Nigeria, a country in Africa, has been dubbed the current “world capital of poverty” .

It is important to note that since the end of the Second World War in 1945, when the level of underdevelopment of the Third World countries became apparent, various efforts have been made to, in the words of Bill Clinton, “move to a future of shared benefits and shared responsibilities.” These efforts crystallized into the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, when governments of 189 countries committed themselves at the UN General Assemblies to achieving by 2015. Among these were eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; promoting primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing infant mortality; improving maternal health; eradicating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development (Stiglitz and Charlton. Fair Trade for All, 2007: xxiii).

Nonetheless, there has been pessimism and also optimism regarding the extent to which poor countries, most especially Africa, would achieve these components of the MDGs by 2015. On the side of pessimism, Jeffery Sachs, in his The End of Poverty (2005), notes that more than eight million people around the world die each year because they are too poor to stay alive, arguing that our generation can choose to end that extreme poverty not by 2015, but by 2025. Similarly, Paul Collier (2007) has argued that “by 2015 it will be apparent that this way of conceptualizing development has become obsolete.” On the side of optimism, Moises Naim (The End of Power, 2013) glorifies the first decade of the twenty-first century as arguably the humanity’s most successful, adding that all classes of countries, including those with disadvantageous geography and history, experienced reductions in poverty. He based this argument on the available statistics on global poverty and GDP. This optimism led to the concept of “Africa Rising” introduced by The Economist (2010), put differently by Kingsley Muoghalu (2013) as “Emerging Africa”.

However, events and situation in Africa have shown that this optimism may not be shared by Africans themselves; and the systems of metrics that use GDP as a measure of economic performance have been variously doubted and criticized by Joseph Stiglizt, Armatya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fittoussi (2010), as Mis-measuring our Lives. They identify the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic performance and social progress, arguing that “there appears to be an increasing gap between the information contained in aggregate GDP data and what counts for common people’s well-being”. Thus, the UN Millennium Declaration of 2000 has reached its terminal date of 2015 without a real impact on the Africa continent, leading to the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015-2030.

At the moment, African countries are still grappling with problems associated with underdevelopment and economic backwardness: poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, high mortality rate, low standard of living, and insecurity. Apart from these, economic and political instability are major features in many African societies at the expiration of the initial date set for the accomplishment of the MDGs. Consequently, the following questions have arisen: To what extent has Africa achieved the MDGs? Why have the various development initiatives failed in Africa? What factors are responsible for Africa’s underdevelopment and backwardness? And how could Africa become relevant in global politics?

Against this backdrop, Chrisland University and CEOAfrica have organised a two-day international conference, 24-25 June 2019, to provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals in development studies to attempt at providing answers to the foregoing overarching questions on the growth and development of Africa.

Interested participants are, therefore, invited to submit their abstracts of not more than 250 words in English through our online portal (http://conference2019.ceoafrica.com) and emailed to the Organising Secretary, Dr. O. G. Muojama (conference2019@ceoafrica.com or conference@ceoafrica.com), by 30 May 2019 on any of the following or related streams:

  • Theories and epistemology of growth and development
  • Poverty and the Challenges of growth and development
  • Hunger, Food Crisis and development
  • Education and development
  • Gender equity, women empowerment and sustainable development
  • Religion, ethnicity and challenges of development
  • Health Care and sustainable development
  • Environmental sustainability and development
  • Global partnership and development
  • Technology and development
  • Language, Communication, New Media and development
  • The State, institutional framework and development challenges in Africa
  • Security and sustainable development goal
  • Interdisciplinary approach to growth and development in Africa

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dampha Lang Fafa, Executive Secretary, ACALAN-AU, Bamako, Mali

Conference Venue: Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Conference Fees:

Conference Registration, with 3 night-Accommodation, Meal and Transportation:

Local Participants N50,000

International Participants $200

or

Conference Registration and meal (without accommodation and Transportation):

Local Participants N25,000

International Participants $100

For inquiries:

Dr. B. J. Ojo – ACALAN-AU, Bamako, Mali – conference@ceoafrica.com – Coordinator, Organising Committee

Dr. O.G. Muojama University of Ibadan – conference2019@ceoafrica.com – CGSDA Organising Secretary

Dr. Akinola A. James – Department of English, Chrisland University – conference@ceoafrica.com

Dr. Willie A. Eselebor – University of Ibadan

Host: CEOAFRICA

Chief Host: Professor Chinedu Babalola,  Vice-Chancellor – Chrisland University, Abeokuta

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Call for Papers: Hydrogeophysics for Improved Groundwater Modeling

Title: Hydrogeophysics for Improved Groundwater Modeling

Dr. L. Surinaidu (Lead Editor, email: suryangri@gmail.com)

Dr. M. J. Nandan

Dr. V.M. Tiwari

Authors address:

CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI)

Habsiguda, Uppal Road

Hyderabad – India – 500 007

Office: +9140-27012349/Mob:+919676963210

Groundwater models enable us to predict the dynamic response of the aquifers under different stress conditions such as groundwater pumping, recharge, climate and land use change that helps in the implementation of water management plans. The models also help us to understand the contaminant transport in the subsurface, and to test and implement suitable remedial measures. Most of the models suffer from inadequate hydrogeological data across  spatial scales to reliably simulate the subsurface flow processes. The conventional methods including bore well drilling for deciphering aquifer geometry, pumping and slug tests for aquifer parameter estimation generally limited to smaller areas, or to representative locations that are not able to provide information across spatial scales to reliably simulate the subsurface flow processes for predictive modeling.

In the recent years hydrogeophysics has evolved as an emerging technique for improved understanding of subsurface properties and hydrogeological processes. The present book aims to synthesize  knowledge on the advantages and utilities of hydrogeophysics and space borne observations to reliably conceptualize the compartmentalization of heterogeneous subsurface hydrogeological processes, to improve the model simulation and predictive capability of groundwater flow and transport models.

We invite research papers and case studies on hydrogeophysics that lead to  better conceptualisations of hydrogeological process and improve predictive modeling of groundwater flow and solute models. In addition, case studies on coupled hydrogeophysics, space borne observations, bore well lithology and aquifer tests for predictive subsurface flow and contaminant transport modeling, groundwater levels under climate and land use changes for providing sustainable management options, are all welcome.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 31st 2019, and  full paper submission is due by June 31st 2019. The book will then be submitted for publication with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. For more information, email the lead editor on suryangri@gmail.com. 

Call for Papers: 2019 Conference on Mexican Muralists: Their Art, Their Lives, and Their Times

Professor Roberto Cantú is the editor of five books with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination(2014), The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel(2015), Equestrian Rebels: Critical Perspectives on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (2016), and most recently Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes (2018).

We are delighted to share news that Roberto is accepting papers for a new conference on Mexican Muralists. Remembered as the iconic los tres grandes in Mexico’s pictorial movement that surged after the 1910 Revolution, José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), Diego Rivera (1886-1957), and David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) were in fact artists with an international vision who periodically visited, or lived for long periods of time, in France, Italy, Spain, the former U.S.S.R, and the United States. It was in major U.S. cities–Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and, among others, San Francisco–where all three undertook mural projects whose artistic importance continues to receive scholarly attention to this day, with recent comprehensive studies superbly illustrated in Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950, ed. Renato González Mello, et al. (2016). The “three great ones” are conventionally remembered, however, as the expression of Mexico’s post-revolutionary nationalism, and as artists whose murals achieved their own moments of public acclaim, monumental scale, and–after 1940–an alleged artistic and ideological obsolescence in Mexico as well as abroad due to the association of muralist art with socialist realism. The historical necessity of such views can be explained in light of the Cold War, the growing fears of communist “meddling” in the internal politics of Mexico and the United States, and the ensuing politicization of the arts (“socialist realism” versus modernism). It was in this belligerent historical context that Mexican muralists lived, dreamed, and painted the western democratic and socialist utopias according to very personal and contrasting views, flawed at times by the selfsame contradictions that defined the tensions and political aspirations of the twentieth century.

For the full Call for Papers, please click here. The deadline for a 250-word abstract is January 14, 2019. The submitted abstracts can be in Spanish or in English. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and their acceptance or rejection will be communicated by e-mail on or before January 16. Send abstracts to rcantu@exchange.calstatela.edu. The proceedings of the conference will be considered by Cambridge Scholars for publication under Roberto’s editorship. 

Call for Chapters – Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory

We are currently looking for chapter proposals, for a book to be published by Cambridge Scholars (for more information on the publisher, please, see below). The book is called Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory, and its aim is to compile an anthology of essays, to discuss in-depth but also in friendly ways alternative (unorthodox) approaches/theories on leadership.

The idea is to produce a handbook on different and novel approaches to leadership beyond the conventional social-psychology ones (for a full blurb of the book, please, see below). If you work on leadership and know or have developed (or would like to develop or defend) an unorthodox approach to this fascinating topic, we definitely want to hear from you. In order to submit a chapter proposal please follow these guidelines:

  • Send you chapter proposal by Dec. 15th, 2018, to the editor Dr Gerardo Abreu Pederzini (email: gap20@kent.ac.uk; for full contact details, please, see below).
  • The proposal is only an extended abstract, summarizing what your chapter would be about.
  • Extended abstracts should be short (please do not exceed 500 words, including key references). For extended abstracts, any reference style would be accepted.
  • We are looking for proposals for chapters that isolate and focus on one specific unorthodox/alternative/unconventional approach to leadership (e.g., using Lacanian psychoanalysis to understand the role of desire in leadership, or the sociobiology of ant behaviour and its implications on human leadership, etc.).
  • We are not looking for original empirical manuscripts. The final chapters will be written as essays, having as premise presenting and critically discussing the selected alternative leadership approach. Thus, please prepare your extended abstract to be consistent with the latter.
  • The titles of proposed chapters should be in the form of: “Leadership and ‘X’” (e.g., “Leadership and the Unconscious Mind”).
  • We are looking for approaches from many different traditions and disciplines, including: philosophy (any tradition from classical to contemporary), sociology (any tradition, including works on leadership and revolutions), the arts (we are open to any possibility, including using literary theory or media theory to explore leadership), science (any applications of complexity, evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, or other types of non-dominant scientific approaches to leadership would be acceptable), technology (for instance leadership and artificial intelligence would be of much interest), or leadership and education (any non-traditional approaches to how to educate leaders would be highly valued). But, of course, if you can think about something different not mentioned in here, please do get in touch. We are very open to new ideas.
  • Just remember that this is not the place for chapters on dominant (positivist, functionalist) social-psychology approaches to leadership. This book is for different/unconventional approaches.
  • Please make sure that your extended abstract provides a summary of the content and structure of your potential book chapter.
  • Please also remember, when thinking about your proposal, that final book chapters are supposed to be brief, between 4,000 and 5,000 words (including everything). Final chapters are expected to be original contributions for the purposes of this edited collection.
  • Final chapters are not be necessary until April 1st, 2019, when they should be submitted in full.
  • Contributors will need to provide a signed contributor agreement before final submission. Contributors will be offered complementary e-book access to the final book.
  • The book is expected to be published around late 2019/early 2020.

About us

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is an independent academic publisher, committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking, whilst ensuring we put our authors at the heart of everything we do.

Founded by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge, we publish original academic work across a wide range of subjects in four key areas: Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS); Health Sciences (HS); Physical Sciences (PS); and Life Sciences (LS).

Over the past few years, we have published 600-700 titles per year and have over 5000 titles in our back catalogue. It is also worth noting that our publishing process is relatively quick; while the duration for this process is typically over a year among other publishers, we usually reach publication within 6 months of the final manuscript submission. Our publications are marketed worldwide and sold through international booksellers and distributors including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, YBP and Ingram, and are widely purchased by academic libraries. In addition, we have distribution partnerships in key geographical territories such as the USA, China, India and the Middle East.

Blurb of Considering Leadership Anew: A Handbook on Alternative Leadership Theory

For years now, leadership studies have emphasized functional social-psychology approaches that reduce leadership to a couple of traits, styles, or recipes that supposedly give us the steps to follow when leading. The latter has taught us a lot, but it is not enough to cope with the immense challenges of leading in a chaotic, intricate, complex and nonsensical world.

In this book, an anthology of essays on alternative leadership theory has been compiled, from leading authors who have been defending unorthodox approaches to leadership. The purpose is to give students, academics and researchers options in terms of leadership theory. If mainstream approaches to leadership are not enough, then why do we not look for novel and different ones? Thus, this book is an effort to develop sui generis leadership theory, by exploring leadership from novel lenses from the arts & humanities, sciences, sociology and other social sciences.


For any questions, please contact the editor Gerardo Abreu Pederzini, at gap20@kent.ac.uk, or G.D.Abreu-Pederzini@kent.ac.uk.

All book chapter proposals (i.e., extended abstracts) should be emailed to the editor by the deadline.

New Research in Military History Conference – less than a week to abstract submission deadline

It is now just under a week until the abstract submission deadline for the British Commission for Military History’s (BCMH) forthcoming New Research in Military History 2018 Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.

Cambridge Scholars is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the conference, and all who submit an abstract, or register to attend the conference, will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a military history book of their choice from our catalogue. Not only this, delegates of the conference will be able to receive a bumper discount on selected titles in military history.

Abstracts of 300 words for both 20 minute papers and 5 minute mini-presentations should be submitted to Zack White, the BCMH’s Post-Graduate Liaison, at z.white@soton.ac.uk. Those submitting should also send through the applicant’s name, a contact email address, an indication of whether they would like to do a 5 or 20 minute presentation, and a short (200 word) biography. All papers focusing on military history in any historical period are welcomed and will be reviewed by the NRC Organising Committee. The deadline for submissions is 19.00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

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New Research in Military History Conference – just over a week to abstract submission deadline

It is now just over a week until the abstract submission deadline for the British Commission for Military History’s (BCMH) forthcoming New Research in Military History 2018 Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.

Cambridge Scholars is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the conference, and all who submit an abstract, or register to attend the conference, will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a military history book of their choice from our catalogue. Not only this, delegates of the conference will be able to receive a bumper discount on selected titles in military history.

Abstracts of 300 words for both 20 minute papers and 5 minute mini-presentations should be submitted to Zack White, the BCMH’s Post-Graduate Liaison, at z.white@soton.ac.uk. Those submitting should also send through the applicant’s name, a contact email address, an indication of whether they would like to do a 5 or 20 minute presentation, and a short (200 word) biography. All papers focusing on military history in any historical period are welcomed and will be reviewed by the NRC Organising Committee. The deadline for submissions is 19.00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

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Call for Chapters: Social Innovation in Sport

Dr Anne Tjønndal, Faculty of Social Science at Nord University, Bodø, Norway, is developing a book project to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing addressing social innovation in sport. The anthology highlights social innovation and social entrepreneurship both as an individual and at an organizational level in sport. Continue reading