Call for Panelists
Reassessing the Future of African Studies in the 21st Century:
Ayodeji Olukoju @ 60
The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference
June 27-29, 2019
We seek participation for special panel/s in honor of the 60th birthday of Ayodeji Olukoju, Professor of History at the University of Lagos, at the 4th edition of the annual conference of the Lagos Studies Association (LSA). Born on June 9, 1959, Olukoju received his doctorate from the University of Ibadan in 1991, and went ahead to build a solid career that has inspired scholars. His books, “The ‘Liverpool’ of West Africa” and “Infrastructure Development and Urban Facilities in Lagos” among others, and over 100 articles in top-rated journals of African studies challenge disciplinary insularity in rigorous ways. Olukoju is the recipient of many honors such as the Distinguished Scholar Award of the LSA and the Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, the highest reward for scholarly accomplishment in the humanities in Nigeria. He serves on the Board of Directors of the LSA.
We welcome participation from any field of African Studies. We are particularly interested in presentations that ask new questions based on rigorous understanding of the trajectory of scholarship in a particular field. Presenters may engage the politics of knowledge production, and the factors that shape how scholars conduct and disseminate research, among other themes. What should be the new frontiers in African Studies? How should scholars frame research agenda in a world characterized by inequality of access to resources, intellectual capital, and networking for upward professional mobility? The expansion of global academic collaborations in African Studies and outlet for academic publishing in Africa have increased tremendously since the beginning of this century; however the quality of scholarship has declined. We anticipate a discussion that would go beyond the over-flocked factor of limited funding for research to a fearless engagement with systemic problems in the academia.
If you are interested in joining this panel, send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Saheed Aderinto (email@example.com) on or before January 20, 2019. Visit the LSA website for additional information about the Conference: https://lagosstudies.wcu.edu/
About Panel Conveners
Saheed Aderinto teaches at Western Carolina University. He is the author or editor of seven books including, Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order (Indiana University Press, 2018), When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria (University of Illinois Press, 2015), and The Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Ayodeji Olukoju (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).
Abimbola Oyarinu is completing his doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju at the University of Lagos. His thesis examines economic and political integration in southwestern Nigeria since the 1950s.