Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War

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Call for Papers
March 9, 2018
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, African History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Human Rights, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War

An International Conference in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the War

May 8-9, 2018

Ambassador Inn, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Call for Papers

We welcome panels, papers and poster presentations that will contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of women’s experiences in the Nigeria-Biafra War.

Wars, conflicts of social identities and resource-control are recurrent themes that pose serious challenges to state building in Africa. Nigeria—Africa’s most populous and diverse state followed the trajectory of the postcolonial crises, instability and dysfunctional governments. The climax of its post-independent conflicts came with the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967 to 1970). The war provoked global humanitarian concerns and countless number of literatures. The Nigeria-Biafra war narratives captured its enormous humanitarian consequences and ethno-political issues that led to the war. Typical of war chronicles, there is a void on the impact and experiences of women in the Nigeria-Biafra war.

Fifty years after the Nigeria-Biafra War, the complex experiences of women affected by the conflict are yet to be told and adequately recorded. Fictional and nonfictional accounts of the war, especially those written by men, embody the protectionists and hyper-masculine ideologies. These generalize gender and gender roles disproportionately. The politics of sexing war, warrior and victim has far-reaching consequences that transcends gender to human rights and criminal accountability.

The female invisibility in the Nigeria-Biafra war stories makes this international conference imperative. The international conference reflects the core principles of the United Nation’s Resolution 1325 on women’s active participation in peace and security. It serves as an important platform to discuss women’s vulnerable experiences, remarkable resilience, agencies, initiatives and roles at war, conflicts and national struggles.

This international conference is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war and to highlight the cost of the conflict on Nigerian women and their contributions to the hostility and to the survival of their families, communities and country.


Women and Wartime Experiences: Theorizing Gender, Conflicts and Human Rights

Interested persons should send a 250-word paper or roundtable abstracts and proposals no later than Wednesday, March 9th, 2018. The Local Organizing Committee will review the abstracts as they are submitted, and you will be promptly notified of the decision on your submission. If your proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your paper should be submitted by Monday, April 16, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted with the following information and in this order: (a) title of paper or presentation, (b) author(s), (c) affiliation, (d) email address, (e) phone numbers, (f) abstract of maximum of 250 words, and (g) 5 keywords of your proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted to the Local Organizing Committee at: womenconferencemay2018@gmail.com


The conference registration fee is as follows:

Participants ---- $100

Students --------- $50

Those who need accommodations should reserve their rooms at:

Ambassador Inn, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


Keynote Speaker:

Akachi Ezeigbo, PhD, FNAL, FLSN, FESAN, FANA

Professor of English, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo

Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Co-Organizers: Igbo League, United States

Conference Organizing Chair:

Sr. Dr. Carol Ijeoma Njoku, CODESRIA Fellow

University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus


Contact Info: 

Sr. Carol Ijeoma Njoku, Ph. D

Faculty of Law

University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus

Visiting Professor, Marquette University

Email: carolijeoma.njoku@unn.edu.ng