THE 2018 OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU) IFE FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND IDENTITY FESTIVAL COLLOQUIUM THEME: Food and Nurture IN Africa and the Diaspora

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
August 1, 2018 to August 3, 2018
Location: 
Nigeria
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Humanities

CALL FOR PAPERS

THE 2018 OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU)

IFE FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND IDENTITY

FESTIVAL COLLOQUIUM

THEME: Food and Nurture IN Africa and the Diaspora

1st – 3rd August, 2018

 

The Annual Ife Festival of the Arts was started in the 1960s by Professor Michael Crowder, Director of the University’s Institute of African Studies. The festival has witnessed a long hiatus over the years due to drastic changes in the economic and socio-political fortune of Nigeria between the mid-1980s and the 1990s, it was not until 2008, the Ife Festival series was resuscitated by no less a person than Emeritus Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, who was appointed as consultant of the 2008 Ife Festival of Masks, Masquerades and Marionettes

The OAU-Ife Festival of the Arts comes back to life again this year 2018. Tagged the 2018 OAU-IFE Festival of Food and Identity, this year’s edition is being organised around the theme Food and Nurture in the contemporary world with specific reference to Africa and the Diaspora.

All over the world, indigenous foods and prepared dishes share some similarities, nonetheless, such dishes and foods taste differently. Just as there are different cooking styles so there are peculiar attitudes and distinct cultural habits to eating food in various parts of the world. Also, different foods are associated with different occasions, situations or even deities. Hence, the culture of food, nurture and hospitality is almost always a primary trait that distinguishes people from the different parts of the globe. The historical connections between Africa and Latin America has yielded a rich exchange of food crops, ingredients and modes of preparation. Today, the gastronomic arts and traditions of countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, etc. owes a lot to the African culinary traditions. A mere mention of important delicacies in those countries today such as the Brazilian acarajé, abará, vatapá, caruru, efó, etc. bear eloquent testimony to their African origins.   

However, some typical African dishes, crops, food items and spices seem to be going into extinction as a result of culture contact, new cooking habits, ethnic and communal conflicts as well as climate change. Also, the tradition of hospitality is now being eroded by urbanization, rapidly increasing population of Africans and the consequent pressure on arable land, and more importantly, environmental pollution. It has been noted that global hunger is on the increase and it is projected that about 815 million people may be affected in the near future (FAO). In Africa, ethnic conflict and climate change currently push 224 million people into hunger (UN).

It is in the context of the above that it has been deemed opportune to focus attention on food and food security in Africa and the rest of the world at the 2018 OAU-Ife Festival of Food and Identity Colloquium. The Festival colloquium hopes to bring together food scientists, nutritionists, dieticians, crop and livestock farmers, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, philosophers and knowledgeable members of the public to thoroughly discuss the burning issues around Food, Security and Identity. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, and currently President, African Development Bank. Other lead Speakers include Rev. Fr. Dr. Godfrey Nzamujo, founder and CEO of Centre Songhaï a Pan-African Agricultural Engineering Centre based in Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin. 

 

 

Dates:              1st – 3rd August 2018

Venue:             Oduduwa Hall, OAU

 

Interested participants are hereby invited to send the abstracts for paper presentation as well as panel proposals and poster presentation on any of the major sub-themes of the Colloquium. The abstracts, which must not be more than 300 words, can be sent to the following address ifeculturalstudiesfoodfest2018@gmail.com on or before 31st July 2018. The sub-themes of the Colloquium include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Food and Nurture
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Food and Identity
  • Food and the Economy
  • Food and Politics
  • Food and International Agencies
  • Food, Famine and IDPs
  • Food and Migration
  • Food, Science and Technology
  • Food and the Internet
  • Food, Wars and Peace
  • Food and Religion
  • Food, Rituals and Festivals
  • Food and Medicine
  • Food and Genetics
  • Food and Society
  • Food and National Development

 

For further information or enquiries, please contact any of the following members of the Scientific Committee via calls or WhatsApp:

Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE -            (+234 806 763 4158)

Oluseyi Ogunjobi          -           (+234 803 944 5330)

Akin Adejuwon            -           (+234 903 361 3003)

Wale Adeniran             -           (+234 803 406 9609)

 

Interested members of the public are also enjoined to access the webpages of the Festival, OAU or Institute of Cultural Studies for regular updates at www.icsoau.edu.ng ; www.oauifefestival.com.org or www.oauife.edu.ng

 

 

 

Contact Info: 

Felix Ayoh' OMIDIRE +2348067634158

Akin ADEJUWON       +2349033613003