This conference is being organized against the background of the acute contradictions and crises of immense proportions that have gripped the post-colonial Nigerian State so much so that various forms and kinds of arguments and explanations are being offered.
These explanations range from ethnic, religious, social, political, structural, economic, class and other numerous viewpoints.
There is a convergence in the midst of these postulations as to the backward and almost irredeemable condition of the Nigerian State, its economy and society.
The need to redirect the ship of state in a manner that will guarantee nation-building, development, democracy, equitable distribution of goods and services, mutual respect among the groups and classes that make up the federal republic of Nigeria, among others, is urgent.
There is no doubt that the country is in its tenterhooks and at its wits-end and therefore desires an urgent change. What are the roles of the Left in the formulation, articulation and implementation of any agenda for change?
Can there be a change in its fundamental sense and depth without the Left as a vanguard force? Is there really a Left group with its accompanying historical consciousness in Nigeria?
Should the current appalling state of affairs in Nigeria continue? Is it not time for a rescue mission? Must things continue to be the way they are? Given the current state of things in the country, can there be a future and what kind of future?
(a) The place and role of the Left in a democracy/tic processes
(b) The Left and the crisis of development and nation-building
(c) The crisis of poverty and the role of the Left
(d) The Left, intellectuals and received paradigms in a neo-colonial state
(e) Insecurity and a failing state
(f) The Left in an era of electoral democracy
(g) The role of the Left in political parties/participation
(h) The Left and the politics of ideology
(i) The place of workers and students in politics
(j) The Left, good governance and popular participation
(k) The Left, gender and the place of women in Nigerian politics
Date: January 30 – 31, 2015
Venue: Conference Centre, OAU, Ile-Ife
Call for Papers:
The organizers hereby call for the submission of papers relevant to the theme and sub-themes of the conference. Abstract of not more than 300 words, processed in Microsoft Word (Times New Roman font size 12) should be submitted to: email@example.com.
Abstract Submission: November 25th, 2014
Early Registration: N10,000 (November 25th, 2014)
Late Registration: N15,000 (December 22nd, 2014)
Mode of Payment: Participants should pay to:
Ecobank Plc, Ile-Ife.
Account Number: 415201253.
Chairman (LOC) Secretary (LOC)
Dipo Salami (OAU) Chijioke Uwasomba (OAU)
THIS CONFERENCE IS AT THE INSTANCE OF THE NATIONAL COLLECTIVE
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