8th International Interdisciplinary Conference

8th International Interdisciplinary Conference

Call for Papers for the 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27 to 30, 2018 at Multimedia University of Kenya

General Conference Theme: “Development from below and from above in Africa”

Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya


African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED) and Multimedia University of Kenya

About the Conference

Africa has been willing and unwilling recipient of many models of development, some of which have been top down while others have been bottom up. Many of these models have been developed outside Africa while others have been generated largely from within the continent. Fifty years after independence, there are many countries in Africa which are still struggling to find which models are suitable to their development needs. They are still looking for way forward in terms of which development models work better. There is an emergence of development models that are hybrids of bottom up and top down in which there is a middle ground. in Kenya for example, the creation of the devolved units at County level is seen as a middle ground, the same to states in Nigeria and some regions in South Africa. The tensions between devolved units and national or federal governments in Africa suggest that hybrids have their own challenges as well. Julius Nyerere’s Ujamaa and Jomo Kenyatta’s Harambee have often been seen as development models from above while others see them as having grassroots origins. What are some of the top down or bottom up development models that have worked successfully in Africa? To what extent are these development models internal or external? How can we determine success of a development model? What are the parameters and characteristics that one needs to look for, to determine success or failure of a development model? What is the way forward? These are some of the questions that the conference organizers hope will be answered by participants.

Organized and hosted by African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), this 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 27 to 30, 2018 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, 2018 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at mauriceamutabi@gmail.com or neddylinnet@gmail.com or Amutabi@yahoo.com or Amutabi@gmail.com or centredrd@gmail.com

Deadline for submission

The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation is May 30, 2018. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED). 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, 2018
Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentation or full papers May 30, 2018
Conference dates – June 27-30, 2018

Sub Themes:

Colloquium 1: Development Approaches and Dynamics in the world
Sub Themes:
a. Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), Project Planning, Project Cycle, ‘Green’ development
b. Grassroots and Community Based Development Approaches
c. Development from below – Ujamaa, Harambee, etc
d. Sector-based Development: Mining, Energy, Water, Pastoralism, Agriculture, Fishing, bee-keeping, Roads, Railways, Air transport, Health, taxi transport (Matatu, Daladala, etc), etc
e. Urban and Rural Development
f. Women, Youth and Minority Development
g. The UN, INGOs, NGOs and Community Based Organizations in Development
h. Foreign Aid and Western Development models
i. Eastern Development Activities in Africa- China, India, etc
j. Poverty Eradication, Poverty Alleviation, Poverty Reduction, Poverty Curse, etc
k. Millennium Development Goals and Social Development Goals
l. Social Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility
m. Religious Organizations and Development
n. Political Parties, Interest Groups and Development
o. Philanthropy and Foreign Aid
P. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 2: Environment, Business and Management of Resources
a. Environment, Climate Change and E-waste Management
b. Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs)/Rangelands and Development
c. International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking
c. Factories, Industries and Manufacturing
d. Outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
e. European Union, Global Finance and Development
f. Devolution, Decentralization and Resource Mobilization
g. Economic Planning and Management of Strategic Natural Resources
h. Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship
i. The Cooperative Movement, Women Groups and Savings Societies
j. Media, Transport and Communication
k. Regional Blocs, Integration and Regional Trade
l. International Trade and Global Business Management
m. Tourism, Eco-Tourism, Health-Tourism and Development
n. Transparency and Accountability, Corruption and Ethics in Development
o. Cable TV, English Premier League, American NBA, Cricket, Rugby and Other Sports
p. Gambling, Betting and Pyramid schemes in Development
q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3: Education and Development in Africa
a. Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Education
b. Open and Distance Learning (ODL), online learning, e-learning and e-resources
c. Curriculum Reforms and New Pedagogies in Higher Education
d. Higher Education, Linkages, Research, Partnerships and Publishing
e. Industry, Linkages, Exchange Programmes and Collaborations
f. Special Education
g. ICT, teleconferencing, webinars, networking and e-Learning
h. Women, Minorities and Gender mainstreaming in Education
i. Lifelong Learning, Adult Education and Cooperative Education
j. Science, Industry, Technology and Education
k. Private Education and Venture Capital
l. Technical and Vocational Education
m. Africa Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
o. Research Production, Graduate Training and Repositories and anti-Plagiarism
p. University Ranking and Funding in Higher Education
q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4: Courts, Constitutions and Human Rights
a. International Court System, Independence of Courts in Africa
b. Human Rights
c. Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems
d. Conflict Transformation and Peace Building Issues
e. Dictatorships, Democracies and Constitutional reforms
f. The role of women and minorities in legal issues
g. Court reporting and Courts in Social Media
h. Alternative Justice Systems in Africa – Councils of Elders
i. Environmental Law and Conservation
j. Role of Regional Blocs and UN in Arbitration in Conflicts
k. Women, Youth and Courts
l. Civic and Citizen Education
m. Land, Special Courts and Small Claims Courts
n. Human Trafficking and Global Recruitment Firms
o. IDPs, Refugees, Illegal and Forced Migration
p. Protocols, Agreements, Treaties and Accords
q. Truth Commissions and Restoration of Justice
r. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome
Colloquium 5: Engineering, Science and Technology
a. Highways, Roads, Bridges and Applied Technology
b. Technical Training, Science, Technology and Development
c. Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
d. Engineering and Natural Resource Management
e. Patents, Trademarks, Technology and Innovation
f. Manufacturing, 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 Tourism, Medicine, HIV and AIDS
o. Transport (Roads, railways, ports nd harbours) and Development
p. Informal (Jua kali) sector and non formal sector
q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome
Colloquium 6: The Third Sector, Religious Organizations and non State Agencies in Development
a. The Third Sector and Development
b. Islam and Christianity and Development
c. Radical Religious Groups
d. Media and the Church
e. Ethics and Development
f. Faith-Based NGOs
g. Philanthropy and Development
h. Religious Institutions and Development
i. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
j. NGOs and Grassroots Development
k. Income generating groups
l. State corporations
m. TV and Global Mega Evangelists
n. Religion and Environment
o. Religion, Gender and Women
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome
Colloquium 7: Security, Peace and Conflict
a. Global Security Architecture and Africa
b. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
c. Conflict, Rebel activities, War and Violence
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
h. Ethical Issues in Development
i. Democracy, Leadership and Governance
j. Dictatorship, term limits and Corruption
k. Regional Bodies and peace
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)
b) The nature and state of ICT in the world and Africa
c) Mobile Libraries, Dissemination and publishing
d) Library Resources and Development
e) E-Library/Virtual library
f) E- books/E-Journals
g) Internet Research and online publishing
h) Communication and Journalism
i) Language, FM Radio and TV stations and Development
j. Gender and ICT in Africa
k. ICT and environment in Africa
l. Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, m-shwari, etc
m. Oral literature and oral narratives and texts
n. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome
Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research on Diverse Fields
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: africanstudiesassociaiton@gmail.com or mauriceamutabi@gmail.com or neddylinnet@gmail.com or Amutabi@yahoo.com or Amutabi@gmail.com