Call for Papers

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February 12, 2021 to April 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Political History / Studies

The Sixth J. A. Atanda Lectures and Conference on the theme "Yoruba Culture and Society" will hold at Babcock University on June 21 - 23, 2021. Conference registration is free. Scholarship/funding is available for the first 200 participants. It covers comfortable students' Hostel accommodation and feeding. The conference will accommodate both online and onsite panel presentations/participants.

Contact Us:

Direct all queries to

Professor Mobolanle E. Sotunsa : + 234 7060947611) Professor Toyin Falola:

Dr. Ezinwanyi E. Adam:, +234 8063533265 (LOC Chair)


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The Sixth J. A. Atanda Lectures and Conference

Yoruba Culture and Society

Babcock University

June 21 – 23, 2021 


Call for Papers


Conveners: Professor Bola Sotunsa, Babcock University

                  Toyin Falola, the University of Texas at Austin

Culture shapes all human civilizations while defining the core of every society. With changes over time and across regions, culture as a whole has an inseparable relationship with the societies in which it lies. To explore just such a connection, the 2021 Atanda Conference intends to examine a culture's role in shaping society. The primary aim of the conference is to reflect on the various facets of Yoruba culture and analyze their interactions with one another and other cultural influences in a global context. To this end, the conference will discuss the dynamic nature of culture, society, and technology. Simultaneously, the conference intends to create an intellectual space for examining how pan-Yoruba culture has developed and evolved. Additionally, the conference seeks to explore the histories of ethnic and sub-ethnic divisions and alliances. Beyond the specific emphasis on the Yoruba, the overarching focus of the conference will also be to engage with the effects of Yoruba culture and society on the world at large.  

The conference is in honor of Professor Joseph Adebowale Atanda, a distinguished historian who was a major participant in developing studies on Yoruba history. Prof. Atanda's scholarship provided a springboard for reshaping and expanding knowledge about the Yoruba and their cultural epistemology. 


Scholars and practitioners are invited to examine diverse aspects of how culture is practiced, including festivals, customs, art, and traditions. The 2021 Atanda conference intends to address core questions of decolonizing society in the contemporary context. For instance, how can the African (Yoruba) culture grow its influence, transmit values, and play decisive roles within current realities? How has the language been used since the nineteenth century to define Yoruba culture, mediate colonial modernity and globalization, and develop post-colonial urban cultures?

Further, conversations surrounding cultural taboos, hierarchies, and oppressions will be tackled. Themes of gender and sexuality will also be addressed in this conference, mainly regarding their perceptions and change over time. The objective of these dialogues is to pluralize the narratives on Yoruba society, culture, and their various dimensions. 

We invite submissions on the following sub-themes, in addition to other ideas that the participants may have:

Archival repository of culture 

Technology and the production of cultural works

Pan-African cultural development 

African modern society 

Cultural Encounters with the West

Cultural Encounters with the Arab/Islamic World

The Yoruba and their neighbors

Changing Social Institutions

Cultural divisions of ethnicities 

Gender in society 

Cultural taboos 

International Yoruba cultures 

Sexuality and expression across cultures

Decolonization in Yoruba society 

Cultural hierarchies and oppressions 

Yoruba intellectual traditions

Role of religion in society 

Technology's role in cultural exchange 

Cultural economic practices 

Art, tradition, and customs 

Festivals and celebrations 

Politics in contemporary Yoruba societies

Behaviors and psychologies of culture

Nature, Environment, and Culture

Mythologies and folklore

Yoruba cultural icons

Cultural (r)evolutions, mutations, and hegemony

Music and popular culture

Traditional Medicine in the age of pandemics

Yoruba gods and goddesses

Yoruba cultures and colonial/national boundaries


Abstract Submission:

Contributors are invited to send a short abstract of not more than 250 words on any of the above subject areas as well as a short bio by email to: and






Abstract Submission: April 15, 2021

Acceptance of abstracts: Latest by April 30, 2021

PowerPoint Presentations: June 10, 2021

Paper Submission: August 20, 2021


Contact Us:

Direct all queries to:

Professor Mobolanle E. Sotunsa : + 234 7060947611) Professor Toyin Falola:

Dr. Ezinwanyi E. Adam:, +234 8063533265 (LOC Chair)


Kindly visit the official conference website: for additional information. Note that Conference registration is free. Sponsorship is also available for the first 200 registered participants (with abstracts). The sponsorship covers accommodation (Comfortable Students' Hostels) and feeding, only for the period of the conference.

The Sixth J. A. Atanda conference will accommodate both onsite and virtual presentations in line with our contemporary realities.