Lagos in New Nollywood: 5th Lagos Studies Association Conference 2020

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June 25, 2020 to June 27, 2020
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Lagos in New Nollywood: 5th Lagos Studies Association Conference 2020

University of Lagos

June 25-27, 2020

Deadline: 15th April, 2020


Panel Chair: Senayon Olaoluwa

The city of Lagos holds an unparalleled attraction for Nigerians as well as the rest of the world precisely because ever since its founding in the late medieval period, it has benefited from a peculiar privilege of location which has remained fundamental to its evolutionary emergence as a global city. Sitting comfortably within the historical geography of the Slave Coast, it served the age of the obnoxious Atlantic slavery, gaining a reputation as exit point for millions of Africans into the Americas and other parts of the world against their wish. Not surprisingly, it became a popular point of return for many freed slaves and served as the space for the development of default urbanscape dynamics in the wake of Atlantic slavery. The indices of modernity and modernization that attended colonialism in Nigeria found their finest expression in the city of Lagos, so much so that even when several other locations had previously enjoyed the privilege of being designated the capital of colonial Nigeria, it was Lagos that ultimately earned the designation of the colonial capital up to the end of colonialism in 1960. As a post-colonial capital, Lagos enjoyed the unique privilege until 1991 when a new seat of power was inaugurated in Abuja. Even more intriguing is the fact that the city of Lagos has never ceased to have the strongest pull for people from all over Nigeria and across the world since the relocation of the capital of governance to Abuja. Incontrovertibly Nigeria’s and Africa’s most populous city, Lagos has remained the nation’s economic capital despite its loss of federal political agency as capital. A combination of historical and contemporary values has earned Lagos a preeminent place in the colonial and postcolonial narration that is embodied in various forms of textual practice. Yet, Lagos also arguably remains a domain of contradictions that speak to African postcolonial conditions. While Nigerian and African literature has accentuated this fact, the history of film in the country has sustained the textual consciousness as interpreted on the screen—from pre-Nollywood to Nollywood and to New Nollywood. This panel specifically seeks papers for a special panel on recent big screen productions otherwise known as New Nollywood and the various ways in which they underscore the riveting attention that the city of Lagos enjoys in the interpretation of what Olaniyan has termed the “post-colonial incredible”.

At the 5th Lagos Studies Association (LSA) conference, papers for presentation are invited from scholars working on New Nollywood as a new conceptual phenomenon yet to be fully unpacked. Issues to address may include, but by no means limited to:

Lagos and history in New Nollywood

Lagos and transnationalism in New Nollywood

Lagos and spatiotemporal transformation in New Nollywood

Lagos and new media in New Nollywood

Lagos and the question of power in New Nollywood

Lagos and religion in New Nollywood

Lagos and cosmopolitanism in New Nollywood

Lagos and human rights activism in New Nollywood  

Lagos and (homo)sexuality in New Nollywood

Lagos and environmentalism in New Nollywood

Lagos and politics in New Nollywood

Lagos and conflict New Nollywood

Lagos and romance in New Nollywood

Lagos and memory in New Nollywood

Lagos and music in New Nollywood

Lagos and 21st century contradictions in New Nollywood


Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to Senayon Olaoluwa through on or before April 15, 2020.

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Dr Senayon Olaoluwa

Institute of African Studies

University of Ibadan


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