50 Years After: History, Memory and Legacy of the Nigeria-Biafra War

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Call for Papers
June 10, 2017
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Human Rights

50 Years After: History, Memory and Legacy of the Nigeria-Biafra War

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

September 1-2, 2017

Since the passage of the Genocide Convention, the world has seen and witnessed several genocides in the last sixty years. Some of the significant genocides that have occurred in Africa in recent times include Igbo/Biafra, Rwandan and Darfur genocides. These genocides, as was the case of the Armenian, Kosovan genocides, all reflect the historical conflagration of human bestiality, age old prejudices and biases that resonate with Nazi trivialization of Jewish personhood – in shape, though not in magnitude. However, unlike the Jews, Armenians, Rwandan and Darfur genocides, the Igbo genocide has been neglected by scholars, activists, and community and national leaders. The reluctance or indifference to a systematic study and documentation of the Igbo experience in Nigeria stems from the attempt to subvert a focus on the Igbo Genocide and the impact of war generally.


On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970), we invite scholars, community activists and human rights practitioners to an International Conference to be held at Dominican University, Chicago, to address the following issues: history and memory of the war; the status of academic research on the Igbo genocide; impact of the war on children; an integrated international human rights response; international criminal law perspective; and role of civil society, community and international organizations.


The conference is jointly coordinated by Professor Nkuzi Nnam, Director, Director Black World Studies, Dominican University, Chicago (nkuzi@dom.edu) and Professor Chima Korieh, Director, Biafra War Oral History Project (chima.korieh@gmail.com)

The conference committee will be pleased to welcome 300-word abstract no later than June 10, 2017. Please include a 50 word biographical data and as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. A full version of the paper to be presented should be submitted by August 20, 2017.

Emil your abstract to: chima.korieh@gmail.com

The conference registration fee is $150 for regular faculty and other participants and $100 for students.

This conference is jointly sponsored by Department of Black World Studies, Dominican University, Transatlantic Research Group, Igbo League, Inc., and Biafra War Oral History and Documentation Project.

Contact Info: 
Dr Nkuzi Nnam
Director, Black World Studies
Dominican University
(708) 524-6952
Email: nkuzi@dom.edu
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