Schedule of Pre-Conference Seminar of Lagos Studies Association (LSA) 2019 Now Available

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
May 11, 2019 to June 27, 2019
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Graduate Studies, Urban History / Studies

The Lagos Studies Association is pleased to release the schedule of its pre-conference workshop and seminar (June 25-26). The seventeen modules of the workshop include academic journal and book publishing, grant and fellowship application, archive and fieldwork experience, mentoring for women graduate students, pre-and postdoctoral experience, graduate school application and life, and pedagogy of teaching, among others. Facilitators range from graduate students to senior professors. We are grateful for their willingness to commit their time, energy, and resources, free of charge. A true labor of love for the LSA and African studies.

The pre-conference seminar is open and free to the public. We will provide six free meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to the first 150 registrants. To register, follow the link at the end of this text.

 

Preliminary Schedule

Pre-Conference Seminar/Workshop

The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference

 June 25-26

 

Venue: Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Lagos

 

 

 

Day 1: June 25

 

8:00- 9:00: Breakfast @ MTN Library Foyer

 

 

9:15-10:45     

Graduate School Experience in North America

 

Topics

Preparing for the Graduate Record Examination

Taking the Test of English as Foreign Language/Navigating waiver

Choosing graduate program and writing statement of purpose

Coursework, qualifying exam, and reading concentration

Adjusting to a new academic culture

Conducting fieldwork and sourcing for external funding

Writing your dissertation and preparing for the job market

 

 

Facilitators

Taofeeq Adebayo (Tulane University)

Lani Akande (York University)

Chijioke Azuawusiefe (University of Pennsylvania)

Kayode Odumboni (Ohio State University)

Emmanuel Osayande (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

 

 

 

9:15-10:45

From Dissertation to Book:

Academic Book Publishing in the United States (Part I)

 

Topics

Developing a book-length project

Choosing a publisher: Difference between academic and trade presses

Writing your book proposal: What acquisition editors look for

Peer-review process

What is the difference between a thesis and a book manuscript?

Turning your thesis into a book manuscript: Rethinking, re-conceptualizing, and rewriting

 

Facilitator

Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University)

 

 

 

 

11:00am – 12:30pm

Academic Journal Publishing

 

 

Topics

The life-cycle of a journal article

Identifying the right journal

Formulating the research agenda

Entering the scholarly conversation

Choosing a good title

The importance of the abstract

Making the intervention

Thinking about the reader’s location

The review process, from submission to final product

Realistic and unrealistic expectations about publishing

 

Facilitators

Saheed Aderinto (Editor of Journal of West African History)

Carli Coetzee (Editor of Journal of African Cultural Studies)

Ebenezer Obadare (Editor of Journal of Modern African Studies)

 

 

 

 

12:45 – 2:15

Pre-doctoral/Dissertation Completion Fellowship Experience

 

Topics

How did you know about the opportunity?

Sourcing information on fellowship

Writing proposal

Networking and professional development

Letter of recommendation and application requirement

Financial and professional reward of fellowship

Overall benefit of fellowship to professional development

 

 

Facilitators

Titilayo Adebayo (University of Economics in Bulgaria/University of Lagos)

Akinyemi Adebayo (Next Generation Social Science Research Council Fellow/University of

            Ibadan

Omotola Okunlola (Fulbright Foreign Language Program, University of Wisconsin Madison)

Emeka Njoku (Next Generation Social Science Research Council Fellow/University of Ibadan)

 

 

 

 

12:45 – 2:15

Postdoctoral Fellowship Experience

 

Topics

How did you know about the opportunity?

Developing proposal and research agenda

Adjusting to new academic culture

Networking and professional development

Conducting research and writing away from home

Financial and professional rewards                     

Overall benefit of fellowship to professional development

 

 

Facilitators

Adeyemi Ademowo (African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned

            Fellow/Afe Babalola University)

Dauda Busari (National Research Foundation Fellow, Northwest University Mafikeng, South

            Africa/University of Ibadan)

Tunde Decker (Oxford-Africa Fellow at the University of Oxford/Osun State University)

Taibat Lawanson (Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Fellow, Italy/University of Lagos)

 

 

 

 

2:30- 3:30: Lunch @ MTN Library Foyer

 

 

 

3:45- 5:15

Grants and Fellowship Application in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Part I)

                                               

Topics

Identifying a fundable research or a suitable fellowship

Writing research proposal and preparing budget

What is a strong research proposal?

Conducting research

What is a good letter of recommendation?

Communicating outcome of research through report writing, presentation at conference or academic publishing

 

 

 

Facilitators

Jonathan Haynes (Long Island University)

 

 

5:30- 7:00

Conducting Research in Nigeria:

Reflections on Archive and Fieldwork Experience

 

Topics

Nature of research: human subject or archival

Identifying the source of data and making contact

Conducting interviews across location and themes

Managing the expectations of archivists and respondents

 

Facilitators

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (University of California-Riverside)

Akeem Akinwale (University of Lagos)

Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge)

Katharina Oke (King’s College London)

Olufemi Saibu (University of Lagos)

 

 

 

5:30- 7:00

Gender and the Academy:

Mentoring Women Graduate Students

 

 

Chair: Abosede George (Barnard College, Columbia University)

 

Facilitators

Belinda Achibong (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Judith Byfield (Cornell University)

Louisa Egbunike (City, University of London)

Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos)

Lisa Lindsay (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

 

 

 

 

 

7:00- 8:00                                           Dinner @ MTN Library Foyer

 

 

 

 

Day 2: June 26

 

8:00- 9:00                                           Breakfast @ MTN Library Foyer

 

 

9:15-10:45

Graduate School Experience in Europe

 

Identifying suitable graduate program

Writing your proposal

Applying for funding and choosing a supervisor

Adjusting to a new academic culture

Conducting fieldwork

Writing your dissertation and preparing for the job market

 

Facilitators

Morenikeji Asaaju (PhD graduate, University of Bayreuth/Obafemi Awolowo University)

Eniola Boluwaduro (PhD graduate, University of Bayreuth/Redeemer’s University)

Victor Olaoye (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Victoria Okoye (University of Sheffield)

 

 

9:15-10:45

Gender and the Academy:

Mentoring Women Graduate Students

 

Networking for professional development

Developing a strong academic profile

Navigating gender bias in the academia

Dealing with rejections and taking opportunities

Soliciting for letters of recommendation and research support

 

 

 

Chair: Ola Uduku (Manchester School of Architecture)

 

Facilitators

Peju Layiwola (University of Lagos)

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Oyeronke Oyewumi (Stony Brook University)

Lynn Schler (Ben Gurion University)

Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo (University of Lagos)

Yetunde Zaid (University of Lagos)

 

 

 

 

 

11:00am – 12:30pm

Graduate School Application and Admission Requirements in North America

 

Topics

Things to consider when picking graduate program

Contacting prospective supervisors: Do’s and Don’ts

What admission committees look for in application dossier

Writing your statement of purpose and choosing writing samples

Nature of funding for graduate education

 

Facilitators

Lisa Lindsay (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University)

Mohammed Bashir Salau (University of Mississippi)

Tim Stapleton (University of Calgary)

 

 

 

11:00am – 12:30pm

Pedagogy of Teaching (Part I)

 

Topics

Teaching to strengths

Developing a teaching philosophy

Designing syllabus: Course objectives and goals

Reading list and access to teaching materials

Technology

Classroom management

Teaching demonstration

 

Facilitator

Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University)

 

 

 

12:45 – 2:15

From Dissertation to Book:

Academic Book Publishing in the United States (Part II)

 

Topics

Developing a book-length project

Choosing a publisher: Difference between academic and trade presses

Writing your book proposal: What acquisition editors look for

Peer-review process

What is the difference between a thesis and a book manuscript?

Turning your thesis into a book manuscript: Rethinking, re-conceptualizing, and rewriting

 

Facilitator

Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University)

 

 

12:45 – 2:15

Grants and Fellowship Application in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Part II)

 

Topics

Identifying a fundable research or a suitable fellowship

Writing research proposal and preparing budget

What is a strong research proposal?

Conducting research

What is a good letter of recommendation?

Communicating outcome of research through report writing, presentation at conference or academic publishing

 

 

Facilitator

Jonathan Haynes (Long Island University)

 

 

 

2:30- 3:30: Lunch @ MTN Library Foyer

 

 

 

3:45- 5:15

Application for Scholarships, Postdoc, and Academic Positions in Europe

(Sponsored by the Nigeria Office of the French Institute for Research in Africa)

 

Topic

Structure of cover letter

Statement of Purpose or Research Statement

Searching for scholarship and funding opportunities and clusters

Language questions: The advantage of multilingualism in European languages

Soliciting for a strong letter of recommendation

 

Facilitators

Elodie Apard (IFRA-Nigeria)

Emilie Guitard (IFRA-Nigeria)

Clementine Chazal (IFRA-Nigeria)

 

 

 

 

3:45- 5:15

Academic Journal Publishing (Open only to LSA Fellows)

 

 

Topics

The life-cycle of a journal article

Identifying the right journal

Formulating the research agenda

Entering the scholarly conversation

Choosing a good title

The importance of the abstract

Making the intervention

Thinking about the reader’s location

The review process, from submission to final product

Realistic and unrealistic expectations about publishing

 

Facilitators

Saheed Aderinto (Editor of Journal of West African History)

Carli Coetzee (Editor of Journal of African Cultural Studies)

Ebenezer Obadare (Editor of Journal of Modern African Studies)

 

 

 

   

5:30- 7:00

Pedagogy of Teaching (Part II)

 

Topics

Teaching to strengths

Developing a teaching philosophy

Designing syllabus: Course objectives and goals

Reading list and access to teaching materials

Technology

Classroom management

Teaching demonstration

 

Facilitator

Saheed Aderinto (Western Carolina University)

 

7:00- 8:00        

Contact Info: 

Saheed Aderinto

Western Carolina State University