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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Deadline March 30 2017 - Reminder - Call for Papers for the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 28 to 30, 2017 at Multimedia University of Kenya

Call for Papers for the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 28 to 30, 2017 at Multimedia University of Kenya


General conference theme: "Africa at Development Crossroads"

Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya


Sponsors: African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) and AIDAL

After the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and various strategies under NEPAD and various national development plans, Africa is still at development crossroads. Africa has been at the centre of many and sometimes competing and experimental development paradigms, both from within and outside. African countries are not sure if they need to borrow models from the West or East. Democratic revival has created some hope in some African countries. Despite this hope, many African societies are still gripped in gender, patriarchal and regional tensions. Women, youth, children and minority groups have been marginalized in some countries. Paper presenters will be expected to look from within in order to interrogate the success and some of the challenges these development paradigms have faced in light of external influences. Some governments have created inclusive constitutions that incorporate gender mainstreaming. Researchers are expected to critically examine models and approaches presented for development in health, education, tourism, mining, agriculture, water, livestock development, roads, railway and air transport, development of arid and semi arid lands, science and technology, engineering, environment, urban and rural development, vulnerable groups, minorities, women and children. How sound are development plans developed by African governments? In what ways have they been successful? Whose development and in whose interest?  How should development in Africa proceed? Who should be involved in Africa's development and why? Are Africa's development partners genuine? What projects should Africa pursue? These are the type of questions that participants are invited to explore.


Organized and hosted by African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), this 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 28 to 30, 2017 at Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will bring together scholars from all over the world to make presentations on matters that touch on Africa. Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including full contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation by March 30, 2017 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at or or or or  


The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation is May 30, 2017. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA). The official language of the conference is English. The conference will consist of ten colloquia organized along themes.


Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts – March 30, 2017

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentation or full papers May 30, 2017

Conference dates – June 28-30, 2017




Colloquium 1: Africa and Sectoral Development

Sub Themes:

a. Pastoralism, Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development in Africa

b. Politics and Development in Africa

c. Health, Diseases, Pandemics and Development

d. Heritage, Culture and Development

e. Urban and Rural Development

f. Gender Dynamics and Women in Africa

g. Democracy and Governance in Africa

h. Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, Kenywood, hip hop, etc

i. The language question, minorities and marginalizaiton in Africa

j. Climate change, Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability

k. Peace, Conflict and Security issues

l. IDPs and Refugee Crisis in Africa

m. Economic Development in Africa

n. Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements in Africa

o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.


Colloquium 2: Economics and Management of Resources in Africa


a. Politics of aid, Economic Models, Development Plans and Development in Africa

b. Minerals, International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking

c. Industry and Manufacturing in Africa

d. Outsourcing and Africa's 'Silicon Valleys' and 'Industrial Parks'

e. European Union, Global Finance and Development

f. Environment, Climate Change and E-waste Management

g. Planning and Management of Strategic Natural Resources

h. Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship

i. The Cooperative Movement, Women Groups and Savings Societies in Africa

j. Media, Transport and Communication in Africa

k. Regional Blocs, Integration and Regional Trade in Africa

l. Global Business Management

m. Tourism development in Africa

n. corruption, inflation, "White elephants" and collapsing banks in Africa

p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.



Colloquium 3: Education and Development in Africa


a. Primary, Secondary, University Education, Research, Science and Development

b. Open and Distance Learning, e-learning and e-resources in Africa

c. Curriculum Reforms and New Pedagogies in Higher Education in Africa

d. Higher Education, Linkages, Partnerships and Publishing 

e. Regional cooperation, linkages, Exchange Programmes and Collaborations

f. Evaluation, Education Reforms, Research Repositories and Archives

g. ICT, teleconferencing, webminars, networking and e-Learning

h. Gender mainstreaming in Education in Africa

i. Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in Africa

j. Industry, Technology and Education

k. Private Education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education

l. Technical and Vocational Education in Africa

m. Education for All, Poverty Prevention and Alleviation and Marginalization

o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


 Colloquium 4: Judiciary, Constitutionalism and Human Rights


a. Judicial Reforms and Human Rights in Africa

b. International Trade and New Maritime Laws

c. Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems

d. Cohesion and Integration Issues

e. New Constitutional reforms

f. The role of women and minorities in legal issues 

g. ICT and Law

h. Gender, Environment and Alternative Legal Systems in Africa

i. Environmental Law and Conservation

j. Alternative Dispute Resolution in Africa

k. Global Legal Education

l. Land, Environment, Civic and Citizen Education

m. Special Courts and Small Claims Courts

n. Global Recruitment Firms in Africa

o. Illegal and Forced Migration

p. Treaties, Accords and Agreements

q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 5: Engineering, Science and Technology in Africa


a. Engineering and Training in Science and Technology

b. Science, Technology and Development

c. Agriculture, livestock and fisheries

d. Science and Natural Resource Management

e. Patents, Trademarks, Technology and Innovation

f. Industry and University Collaboration

g. Research and Development (R&D)

h. Industrial Parks and Innovation Villages

i. Innovation, Science, Technology and Environment

j. ICT, Science and Technology

k. Science, Technology and Gender

m. Science, Children and Youth

n. Health, Medicine HIV and AIDS

o. Health Tourism and Foreign Aid

p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 6: Religion, NGOs and non-State Agencies in Development in Africa


a. Radicalization, Islam and Christianity in Africa

b. Radical Religious Groups in Africa

c. Media and the Church in Africa

d. Ethics and Development in Africa

e. Theology and Development in Africa

f. Faith-Based NGOs

h. Religious Institutions and Development

i. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security

m. Global Mega Evangelists

n. Religion and Environmental Issues

o. Religion, Gender and Women in Africa

p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 7: Security, Peace and Conflict in Africa


a. Africa Security Architecture

b. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security

c. Conflict, Rebel activities, War and Violence in Africa

d. The UN, African Union, Gender and Human Rights

e. Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region

f. Conflict Management

g. War and Refugees in Africa

h. Ethical Issues in Development

i. Democracy, Leadership and Governance in Africa

j. Dictatorship, term limits and Corruption in Africa

k. Regional Bodies and peace in Africa

l. Displacement, Refugees and International Affairs

m. Failed and near-failed states in Africa

n. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 8: Library, Information and Communication Technology


a) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa

b) The nature and state of ICT in Africa

c) Mobile Libraries, Dissemination and publishing

d) Library resources in Africa

e) E-Library/Virtual library

f) E- books/E-Journals

g) Internet Research and online publishing

h) Communication and Journalism

i) Language, Radio and TV stations in Africa

j. Gender and ICT in Africa

k. ICT and environment in Africa

l. Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, etc

m. Oral literature and oral narratives and texts

n. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa


a. Challenges of invention of states and ethnic groups in Africa

b. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Development in Africa

c. Gender, Women and Development in Africa

d. Corporate Social Responsibility

e. Aid and Sectoral Development

f. New Paradigms of Development

g. Minority Groups and Tensions

h. Interdisciplinary Research and Development

i. Public Policy and Ecology

j. Entrepreneurship and Development

k. Minorities and Development

l. Integrated Rural Urban Development

m. Funding Interdisciplinary Research and Development

n. Social, Economic and Political Research

o. Research Regimes

p. Opinion polls, surveys and mapping in Africa

q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 10: Roundtables, independent panels and association meetings


a. Open for any panels or roundtables or association meetings

b. Any relevant topic


Registration Fees:

1. Staff from East African Universities and Organizations US$ 60 (KES 6,000)

2. Rest of Africa US$ 150

3. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200

4. Exhibition and advertising stand - US$ 200


Registration fee payments to: African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Nairobi, Kenya


Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convenor and Chair

African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 13447-00400,

Nairobi, Kenya

E-mail: or or or or  



Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, PhD

Vice Chancellor,

Lukenya University

P.O Box 619 - 00204

Athi River, Kenya

E-mail: or
Tel: +254-(0)700-744545

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