CFP: 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference (Lagos, Nigeria), June 27-29, 2019

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The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference

Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria

June 27-29, 2019


For centuries, Lagos has responded to significant changes in the core structures of its economic, social, and political order. A combination of internal transformation shaped external changes, and vice versa, creating monumental impacts in the city. Scholars working with diverse discursive tools have examined the contributions of Lagos to African and global transformation from the pre-colonial era to the present. From the story of internal migrations leading to the creation of communities to how the transatlantic slave trade integrated the port city into the vortex of world capitalism, Lagos as a phenomenon and an imagination manifests in the interplay of complex local and global processes. Lagos is both a beneficiary and contributor to the making of modern global cultures.


Therefore, in the fourth edition of its annual conference, the Lagos Studies Association seeks to build on existing scholarship on local and global processes in the making of Lagos. We are interested in new ideas that challenge existing paradigms while presenting significant possibilities for Lagos Studies. We invite presentations that compel us to rethink how the intersection of local and global dynamics have shaped the ways we conceptualize Lagos as an African city. Constant population movement, new ideals of community and local power, Atlantic and cultural exchange, social media and new identities, and regional political ideas that emphasize urban renewal, among other dynamics pose serious questions for engaging the continuous re-making of Lagos.


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


Subthemes include but not limited to the following

Architecture and urban renewal

Business, culture, and market economy

Capitalism and neoliberalism

Children and youth culture

Decolonization, education, and university culture

Diaspora and Atlantic cultural exchange

Digital humanities

Disease and wellness

Environmental ethics and sustainability

Everyday life

Global capital

Humanities and development

Inter-group relations

Language and literature

Mobility and migration

Neighborhoods, land, and housing policies

Official and unofficial narratives

Politics and democracy

Security and investment

Social class, subjectivities, and inequality

Social media, musical culture, and identity formation

Space and urbanization

Sustainable Development Goals

Tourism and leisure

Women, gender, and sexuality


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 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: December 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance of abstract by December 31, 2018. Email address:


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


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