Individual and group panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars, postgraduates, and advocates of indigenous knowledge systems whose research interests relate to the focus of the 2018 International Conference of Africanity Scholars Network (AfriScoN) to be held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria between 9 - 13 December.
Conference Theme: Knowledge Loss, Bondage and Regrets in Post-contact Societies
Scholarly discussions around the experiences of most post-contact societies are encountered through theoretically and methodologically radical works such as found within the purview of postcolonial studies. We get a sense of the particularities and the universals in how colonial legacies are experienced and challenged. Yet, we must acknowledge the persistent domination of received over the indigenous knowledge in Africa for instance. In the Africanity Scholars inaugural conference, we ask how one might conceptualise loss, bondage, and regret in thinking about the tensions between autochthonous and heterochthonous knowledge systems. How do religion, technology, culture, society, disciplinary formations, academic discourses, etc. structure and simultaneously play as the sites of these tensions? Panel proposals that address the following and any other related themes are invited from academics, scholars, practitioners and advocates of indigenous knowledge systems and graduate students.
1. The politics of knowledge production (traditional, contemporary, etc.) in post-contact societies
2. Western research methodologies and knowledge production in post- contact societies
3. Indigenous methodologies: patterns and typologies
4. Who owns knowledge? The researcher? The researched? The funder? The publisher? Society?
5. Who studies who? For who? For what?
6. Paradigms, research agenda and the framing of reality
7. Gender roles and contestations in knowledge production
8. New cultures (Internet, social media, etc.) and the reordering of epistemologies
9. Visual epistemologies: seeing and knowing
10. Knowledge policing: theory and practice (publishers, institutional gatekeepers, hiring and promotional practices, etc.)
11. Language, ideology and knowledge
12. ‘Discursive formations’: Inclusion and exclusion