3rd Lagos Conference, June 14-16, 2018, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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                                 The Lagos Studies Association

3rd Lagos Conference, June 14-16, 2018, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Theme: Futurity in Lagos Scholarship, the Arts, Advocacy, and Social Enterprise

University of Lagos Guest House and Conference Center

University of Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria

June 14-16, 2018


The Lagos Conference is gradually establishing itself as a significant avenue to shape scholarly and non-scholarly engagement of Lagos by practitioners working across multiple fields and disciplines. The third edition of the conference seeks to engage the idea of futurity—a forward looking drive, influenced by a deep understanding of the past and the present. How do we imagine or picture the state of knowledge in our respective fields in the future? What are the contemporary and historical dynamics capable of shaping how we conceptualize, study, write, design, imagine, govern, or mobilize for collective action in Lagos of the future? How does popular and exclusive dynamics, operating at diverse levels of the society and across gender, class, ethnicity, race, location, and power formation, among others, shape how we produce knowledge, art, and organize for social good? Massive political, demographic, artistic, technological, and economic transformation have compelled us to revisit established narratives and assumptions about the place of Lagos in Nigerian and global construction of the future. As we reflect over the current status quo in our respective fields and vocation, we are equally confronted with our potential and active roles as molders of the future.

            To this end, we invite proposals for panels, round-tables, and workshops from practitioners of Lagos across fields and disciplines. We also encourage proposals from scholars working in other African and Nigerian cities in order to better place the intersections of futurity and popular and academic production of ideas in regional and pan-African perspectives.




Biographies of people, place, and things

Business administration, banking, and public finance

Cyber culture, digital humanities, and information technology

Decolonizing knowledge: African philosophy in local and global narratives

Education and intellectualism

Environment, sanitation, and conservation

Ethnicity and identity construction

Filming and performing Lagos: Nollywood, theatre, and expressive culture

Humanities and social sciences

Labor and entrepreneurship

Lagos pedagogy: Teaching the city in/and outside the classroom


Library, archive, and information science

Literature and language

Material culture and materiality

Public administration and politics

Public health and medicine

Public science

Religion, religiosity, and spiritual communities

Social activism

Sustainable development

Urban planning, process, and governance

Women, gender, and sexuality

Youth culture

--And other related fields and subjects.


Submission: Individual proposals should include a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and email and phone contacts of presenters. Panel, round-table, and workshop proposals should comprise of a 250-word summary, and email and phone contacts of all participants. Selected papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of urban and African studies journals.

Due date to submit abstract: October 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance of abstract by November 30, 2017. Email address: lagosstudiesassociation@gmail.com

Registration fee: Local (N10,000); International ($100). Registration fee covers meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the conference. All conference participants must pre-register by paying registration fee after acceptance of abstract.