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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Cambridge Scholars Publishing at the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Newcastle University

Cambridge Scholars Publishing was delighted to sponsor the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, which took place on the 20th and 21st of September at Newcastle University. One of the largest meetings of philosophers interested in Nietzsche’s work, the conference showcased the best in Nietzsche scholarship – and in philosophy more widely – published by Cambridge Scholars.

In part, the conference was a celebration of the publication of a new paperback edition of Andrea Rehberg’s Nietzsche and Phenomenology. A lecturer in philosophy at Newcastle University, Andrea was the principle conference organiser, and as such we decided to do a little giveaway of the new book. Delegates were asked to guess the number of words in the new paperback, a competition which elicited some astonishing responses – the best of which was 2,000,000 words (for reference, all of the Harry Potter books added together contain 1,084,170 words…). The answer was 86,716 words, and the winner was Richard Elliott of Birkbeck University, with an impressively close 85,000. A copy of the book will be winging its way to Richard soon.

Aside from this, we also presented our most recent books on the enigmatic German thinker, including Yunus Tuncel’s Nietzsche and Transhumanism and Raymond Angelo Belliotti’s Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Eagles, Lions, and Serpents. Of particular interest to delegates was Paul van Tongeren’s new book Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism, which is a groundbreaking historical study of nihilism which emphasises not only the history of the idea before Nietzsche, but also it’s haunting endurance in the present day.

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The conference also featured speakers who serve on the Editorial Board of Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and Yunus Tuncel’s acclaimed series with Cambridge Scholars, Nietzsche Now. Ashley Woodward gave an inspired talk on Nietzsche’s nihilism, drawing in part on Paul van Tongeren’s book and previous work, and Vanessa Lemm examined the confluences of Nietzsche’s thinking on nature, sexuality, and politics. Meanwhile, discussions as to the relevance of Nietzsche’s thinking continued in coffee breaks and corridors, punctuated by one prominent scholar asking where the good pubs are in Newcastle as “Nietzsche would want us to engage in some debauchery after a conference dedicated to his thought”…

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Cambridge Scholars was immensely proud to support the conference, which also marks the beginning of our celebrations of Nietzsche’s birthday in October. Moreover, we are always looking to add to our current list of titles on Nietzsche and in philosophy more generally, and would be delighted to talk to anyone interested in working with us on a book project. For more information, please contact our Commissioning Editor Camilla Harding, who can be reached at: camilla.harding@cambridgescholars.com.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing partnering with the British Commission for Military History at November conference – Call for Papers and Prize Draw

Cambridge Scholars Publishing are delighted to announce that we will be supporting 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. The theme of the conference is Myth and Reality, borne of the recognition that accurately representing the past, and especially its wars, are often the foremost concern of military historians.

The Call for Papers for the conference is below, 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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Powering the Planet – Why the world needs Anthropologists

Durham, 28th to 29th October

The fifth edition of the annual symposium Why the World Needs Anthropologists explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

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Call for Papers: Power and Ideology in Interpreter-Mediated Contexts

CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd International LARIM Conference

Power and Ideology in Interpreter-Mediated Contexts

UNINT, 23-24 November 2017

LARIM (Laboratory of Interpreter-Mediated Interactions), a research group on interpreter-mediated interactions set up in October 2012 within the Faculty of Interpreting and Translation (FIT) of UNINT (University of International Studies of Rome), is organizing its 2nd International Conference on 23-24 November 2017.

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