First Call for Papers for the 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 24 to 27, 2020 at Multimedia University of Kenya

General conference theme: “Sustainable Development in Africa”

Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsors: Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED) and Multimedia University of Kenya and African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA)

The world needs proper strategies to ensure sustainable development so that future generations find the world a better place to live. Global environmental changes brought about by degradation and effects of climate change, destruction of forests, increasing desertification, war and conflicts, migration and terrorism have combined to lead to clamour for sustainable development. The destruction of carbon sinks and water towers have made sustainable development more urgent given the manner in which uncontrolled exploitation of resources has led to serious effects on the globe. Why has sustainable development become critical in the world today? What are the causes of climate change and how do they affect the quality of life on earth? How have various governments and the international community responded to effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being deployed in saving the globe against effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being made by various academic disciplines to address this? These are some of the issues that the conference will be seeking to address.

Organized and hosted by Multimedia University of Kenya, African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), this 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 24 to 27, 2020 at Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will bring together scholars from all over the world to make presentations on matters that touch on Africa. Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including full contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation by March 30, 2020 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation (one of them is adequate) is May 30, 2020. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals – Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies (JAIS) and Journal of Popular Education in Africa (JOPEA) - affiliated to African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), based in Nairobi, Kenya. Co- authorship of individual papers should not be more than 3 persons. Each person is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 papers while authors of Co-authored paper shall separately register for the conference before their presentation of paper(s). The official language of the conference is English. The conference will consist of ten colloquia organized along themes.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts – March 30, 2020

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentation or full papers May 30, 2020

Conference dates – June 24-27, 2020

 

Colloquium 1: Sustainable Development

Sub Themes:

  1. Understanding Sustainable Development
  2. Western influences in sustainable development in Africa
  3. The East and Sustainable Development in Africa: China, India, etc
  4. Dynamics of sustainable development in Africa - Savannah “Silicon Valley’s”
  5. Indigenous knowledge (IK) and Sustainable Development
  6. Grassroots and Community Based Development Approaches and Sustainable Development
  7. The UN, World Bank, INGOs, NGOs and Community Based Organizations
  8. Partnerships, Foreign Aid and Western Development models and Sustainable Development
  9. Energy, Water, Pastoralism, Agriculture, Fishing, bee-keeping, Roads, Railways, Air transport, Health, taxi transport (Matatu, Daladala, etc) and Sustainable Development
  10. Poverty Eradication, Poverty Alleviation, Poverty Reduction, Strategic Management, etc
  11. UN and Sustainable Development Goals
  12. Social Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
  13. Faith-based Organizations and Sustainable Development
  14. Trade Unions, Political Parties, Interest Groups and Sustainable Development
  15. Indigenous African Philanthropy, Good Aid and Bad Aid in Africa and Sustainable Development
  16. Migration and Movement and Sustainable Development
  17. Identity, hybridity, blackness, whiteness and Sustainable Development
  18. Sexuality, ‘queer’ culture and ‘otherness’ and Sustainable Development
  19. Pop culture, multiculturalism and minorities and Sustainable Development
  20. Voice, agency and silences in global and African development
  21. Women’s Liberation, Youth Empowerment and Minority Development
  22. Linguistics and Language question in sustainable development
  23. Arts, Culture, Performance, Literature and Sustainable Development
  24. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 2: Environment, Sustainable Development, Business and Resources

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global Environmental Movements, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  2. Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs)/Rangelands and E-waste Management
  3. Global Finance, Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking & Sustainable Development
  4. Patents, Trademarks, Factories, Industries and Manufacturing & Sustainable Development
  5. New Trends in Outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  6. Globalism, globalization, European Union, NAFTA, ECOWAS, EAC and IGAD
  7. Devolution, Decentralization and Resource Mobilization & Sustainable Development
  8. Planning and Management of Strategic Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
  9. Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development
  10. The Cooperative Movement, Women Groups and Savings Societies
  11. Media, Transport and Communication & Sustainable Development
  12. Regional Blocs, Integration and Regional Trade and Sustainable Development
  13. International Trade and Global Business Management and Sustainable Development
  14. Tourism, Eco-Tourism, Health-Tourism and Sustainable Development
  15. Transparency and Accountability, Corruption and Ethics in Development
  16. Sports, Cable TV, English Premier League, American NBA, Cricket, Rugby and Other Sports & Sustainable Development
  17. Games, Gambling, Betting and Pyramid Schemes & Sustainable Development q. Forensic auditing and accounting
  18. Global Finance and Sustainable Development
  19. Cooperative Saving Societies, Micro and village banking and bank agents
  20. Money transfer, Western Union, Mpesa and other mobile banking services
  21. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3: Education and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Education and Sustainable Development
  2. Lifelong learning, Open and Distance Learning (ODL), online learning, e-resources
  3. Global Trends and Curriculum Development and New Pedagogies in Higher Education
  4. Global Networks, Higher Education, Linkages, Research, Partnerships and Publishing
  5. Globalization, Industry, Linkages, Exchange Programmes and Collaborations
  6. Globalization and Special Education
  7. Education, ICT, teleconferencing, webinars, networking and e-Learning
  8. Women, Minorities and Gender mainstreaming in Education
  9. Globalization and Lifelong Learning, Adult Education and Cooperative Education
  10. Science, Industry, Technology and UNESCO projects in Education
  11. Globalization, Private Education and Venture Capital
  12. Global Trends, Technical and Vocational Education
  13. Africa Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  14. Research Production, Graduate Training and Repositories and anti-Plagiarism
  15. University Ranking and Funding in Higher Education
  16. Global Trends in Education, Basic, Elementary and Secondary Education
  17. New Trends in Teaching and Education
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4: Law, Courts, Constitutions, Human Rights and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global Trends, International Court System, Independence of Courts in Africa
  2. Human Rights and Sustainable Development
  3. Global Trends and Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems
  4. Conflict Transformation and Peace Building Issues
  5. Dictatorships, Democracies and Constitutional reforms
  6. The role of women and minorities in legal issues
  7. Court reporting and Courts in Social Media
  8. Alternative Justice Systems in Africa – Councils of Elders
  9. Environmental Law and Conservation and Sustainable Development
  10. Role of Regional Blocs and UN in Arbitration in Conflicts
  11. Women, Youth and Courts and Sustainable Development
  12. Civic and Citizen Education and Sustainable Development
  13. Land, Special Courts and Small Claims Courts
  14. Human Trafficking and Global Recruitment Firms
  15. IDPs, Refugees, Illegal and Forced Migration
  16. Protocols, Agreements, Treaties and Accords
  17. Truth Commissions and Restoration of Justice
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 5: Engineering, Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global trends in Highways, Roads, Bridges and Applied Technology
  2. Technical Training, Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
  3. Global Trends in Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
  4. Global Trends in Engineering and Natural Resource Management
  5. Patents, Trademarks, Technology and Innovation
  6. Manufacturing, Industry and University Collaboration
  7. Research and Development (R&D) and Sustainable Development
  8. Industrial Parks and Innovation Villages and Sustainable Development
  9. Innovation, Science, Technology and Environment
  10. ICT, Science and Technology and Sustainable Development
  11. Science, Technology, Gender and Sustainable Development
  12. Science, Children and Youth and Sustainable Development
  13. Health Tourism, Medicine, HIV and AIDS
  14. Transport (Roads, railways, ports nd harbours) and Sustainable Development
  15. Informal (Jua kali) sector and non formal sector and Sustainable Development
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 6: The Third Sector, Religious Organizations, State Agencies and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global Trends in Third Sector Development and Sustainable Development
  2. Globalization, Islam, Christianity and Sustainable Development
  3. Global Radical Groups, Radical Religious Groups
  4. Global Trends in Media and the Church and Sustainable Development
  5. Global Trends in Ethics and Development
  6. Globalization and Faith-Based NGOs and Sustainable Development
  7. Philanthropy and Sustainable Development
  8. Religious Institutions and Sustainable Development
  9. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
  10. NGOs and Grassroots Development and Sustainable Development
  11. Income generating groups and Sustainable Development
  12. State corporations and Sustainable Development
  13. TV and Global Mega Evangelists and Sustainable Development
  14. Religion and Environment and Sustainable Development
  15. Religion, Gender and Women and Sustainable Development
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 7: Security, Peace and Conflict and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global Security Architecture and Africa and Sustainable Development
  2. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
  3. Conflict, Rebel activities, War and Violence
  4. The UN, African Union, Gender and Human Rights
  5. Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region
  6. Conflict Management and Sustainable Development
  7. War and Refugees and Sustainable Development
  8. Ethical Issues in Development and Sustainable Development
  9. Democracy, Leadership and Governance
  10. Dictatorship, term limits and Corruption
  11. Regional Bodies and peace and Sustainable Development
  12. Displacement, Refugees and International Affairs
  13. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
  14. Water wars and conflicts in the world and Sustainable Development
  15. Small arms and light weapons and Sustainable Development
  16. Special Forces and Commando Units
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 8: Library, Information and Communication Technology, Media and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. a) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Sustainable Development
  2. b) The nature and state of ICT in the world and Africa and Sustainable Development
  3. c) Mobile Libraries, Dissemination and publishing
  4. d) Library Resources and Development
  5. e) E-Library/Virtual library and Sustainable Development
  6. f) E- books/E-Journals and Sustainable Development
  7. g) Internet Research and online publishing
  8. h) Communication and Journalism and Sustainable Development
  9. i) Language, FM Radio and TV stations and Development
  10. Gender and ICT in Africa
  11. ICT and environment in Africa
  12. Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, m-shwari, etc
  13. Oral literature and oral narratives and texts
  14. Global Media and Africa and Sustainable Development
  15. CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and Reporting Africa
  16. Media ownership in Africa
  17. Training in journalism in Africa
  18. FM Radio Stations and Sustainable Development
  19. Media Freedom
  20. Social Media and Fake News
  21. Gender and Media
  22. Media censorship
  23. Women in Media
  24. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 9: Global Trends in Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Challenges of invention of states and ethnic groups in Africa
  2. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Development in Africa
  3. Gender, Women and Development in Africa
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. Aid and Sectoral Development
  6. New Paradigms of Development
  7. Minority Groups and Tensions
  8. Interdisciplinary Research and Development
  9. Public Policy and Ecology
  10. Entrepreneurship and Development
  11. Minorities and Development
  12. Integrated Rural Urban Development
  13. Funding Interdisciplinary Research and Development
  14. Social, Economic and Political Research
  15. Research Regimes
  16. Opinion polls, surveys and mapping in Africa
  17. Research permits
  18. Patents and trade marks
  19. University-Industry partnerships
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 10: Health, Medicine and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Health Science innovations and inventions in the world and Sustainable Development
  2. Medical tourism and Sustainable Development
  3. Epidemiology and pandemics and Sustainable Development
  4. Ebola and Epidemiology
  5. HIV and AIDS
  6. Lifestyle diseases and Sustainable Development
  7. Dietetics, Malnutrition and Nutrition
  8. Health of mothers and Sustainable Development
  9. Gynecology
  10. Obstetrics
  11. Medical insurance schemes
  12. Resistance in diseases
  13. Pharmacy and pharmaceuticals
  14. Plastic surgery and cosmetics
  15. Nursing challenges
  16. Expatriate doctors
  17. Psychiatry
  18. Internal medicine
  19. Aging, obesity and diet
  20. Malaria and other tropical diseases
  21. Medical schools
  22. Eradiation of polio
  23. Alternative medicine
  24. Dietetics and nutrition
  25. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 11: Engineering, Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Mechanical engineering and Sustainable Development
  2. Electronic engineering and Sustainable Development
  3. Electrical engineering and Sustainable Development
  4. Civil and structural engineering and Sustainable Development
  5. Applied technology
  6. Chemical engineering
  7. Wind, solar and hydro power and Sustainable Development
  8. Factories and industries and Sustainable Development
  9. Technical training and Sustainable Development
  10. Professional engineering exams
  11. Studying engineering and Sustainable Development
  12. Engineering training
  13. Innovations, discoveries and innovations
  14. Young engineers and Sustainable Development
  15. Power generation and Sustainable Development
  16. Aviation
  17. Manufacturing and Sustainable Development
  18. Textile engineering and production
  19. Food processing and nutrition
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 12: Agriculture, Livestock Development, Fisheries, Irrigation and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Research in agriculture and Sustainable Development
  2. Crop husbandry and Sustainable Development
  3. Cash crops and Sustainable Development
  4. Tea, coffee, maize, bananas, wheat, rice, beans and vegetables
  5. Pyrethrum, sisal,
  6. Agricultural engineering and Sustainable Development
  7. Farm management and Sustainable Development
  8. Training in agriculture
  9. Strategic crops and Sustainable Development
  10. Male crops and female crops
  11. Strategic food reserves
  12. Crop rotation and Sustainable Development
  13. Seed production and Sustainable Development
  14. Rare crops
  15. Cooperative societies and Sustainable Development
  16. Irrigation agriculture
  17. Training in agriculture
  18. declining interest in agriculture
  19. Pesticides and the challenges of farming
  20. Extreme weather and agriculture
  21. Strategic crops and Sustainable Development
  22. Male crops and female crops
  23. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 13: Forestry, Wildlife Management, Tourism and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global water towers and Sustainable Development
  2. Carbon sinks and Sustainable Development
  3. Management of equatorial and tropical forests
  4. Challenges of forest management
  5. Training in forest and wildlife management
  6. Endangered species and Sustainable Development
  7. Animal orphanages and Sustainable Development
  8. Rare animal species and Sustainable Development
  9. Indigenous forests and Sustainable Development
  10. Rare tree species and Sustainable Development
  11. Rare animal species and Sustainable Development
  12. Human/wildlife conflict and Sustainable Development
  13. Biodiversity in Africa and Sustainable Development
  14. Resources from Tropical and equatorial forests
  15. Forestation and desertification
  16. Marine parks in Africa
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 14: Water, Mining, Petroleum, other Minerals and Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global trends in water use and Sustainable Development
  2. Water quality and management and Sustainable Development
  3. National Water master plans
  4. Fresh water use in the world
  5. Water processing and retailing
  6. Irrigation and Sustainable Development
  7. Water transport
  8. Mining and Sustainable Development
  9. Strategic minerals and Sustainable Development
  10. Petroleum production in Africa
  11. The curse of oil in Africa
  12. Conflicts over oil production
  13. Oil contracting in Africa and Sustainable Development
  14. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 

Colloquium 15: Business Studies and Economics

Sub-Themes:

  1. Global Business Deals and Development
  2. Global Economics and evelopment
  3. Business Transactions in a global world
  4. Dynamics of e-business
  5. The era of grand projects
  6. Standard Gauge Railways in Africa
  7. China and Business Development in Africa
  8. Asian Business interests in Africa and sustainable development
  9. Mega road and port projects in Africa
  10. Banking mergers and macro finance and development
  11. Table banking and micro finance
  12. Housing and sustainable development
  13. Any other topic in finance and economics

 

Colloquium 16: Music, Theater and Art

Sub-Themes:

  1. Pop Music
  2. Global Musical trends and Sustainable Development
  3. African music – soul, afro pop, hip hop, rap, rock and roll, high life, etc
  4. Rhumba, Lingala, Bongo Flavour, Omutibo, Benga, Chakacha and Mganda
  5. African short story
  6. African novel and development
  7. Hollywood and Africa
  8. Nollywood and Africa
  9. Afro cinema and Africa soap operas
  10. Theater and culture in Africa
  11. African art
  12. Village theaters
  13. Heritage sites and development
  14. Indigenous art in Africa
  15. Unique and rare art such as Makonde and Kamba carvings
  16. Any other topic

 

Colloquium 17: Pre-conference Postgraduate Research Workshop for PhD and Masters Students on Proposal and Thesis Writing – June 23, 2020 (we encourage early registration of minimum 20 and maximum 40 participants) - Registration is US$50

 

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Choosing a research topic for Masters, PhD and Other Researches
  2. Identifying independent and dependent variables in a topic
  3. How to write an affective and attractive title – maximum 20 words
  4. How to write an effective abstract
  5. How to write an effective introduction
  6. Identifying and writing an effective statement of the problem
  7. Writing Smart Objectives
  8. Writing proper Research Questions
  9. Hypotheses
  10. Justification, rationale and significance
  11. Techniques of Literature Review
  12. Conceptual and theoretical Framework
  13. Research Methods, Methodologies and Designs
  14. Quantitative and Qualitative Data analysis and interpretation
  15. Analysis and Presentation of Findings
  16. Report writing for Masters, PhD and Research Project
  17. Writing References according to APA, Chicago, Harvard and Other Manuals
  18. Writing a journal article from a thesis
  19. Writing a chapter in an edited book
  20. Understanding point system in publications for journals, book chapters, etc
  21. Understanding citation index, impact factor and rating
  22. Any other relevant topic requested by trainees

 

Colloquium 18: Pre-conference Training on Proposal, Grant writing and Fundraising Workshop for Professors and Lecturers - June 23, 2020 (we encourage early registration of minimum 20 and maximum 40 participants) Registration is US$50

 

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. How to write a successful research proposal
  2. How to write a successful grant proposal
  3. Identifying a research area and unique topic
  4. Creating a research edge
  5. Creating collaborations and networks
  6. Cross-country research team building
  7. Fundraising strategies for institutions and organizations
  8. Why proposals are selected
  9. Why proposals are rejected
  10. Identifying funding agencies
  11. Any other relevant topic requested by trainees

 

Colloquium 19: Pre-conference Training on Professional Editing, Peer Review Process, Supervision of Masters and PhD Theses and Preparing New Courses - June 23, 2020 (we encourage early registration of minimum 20 and maximum 40 participants) – Registration is US$50

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. How to edit a journal article
  2. How to write a book proposal
  3. How to edit a book length manuscript
  4. Writing a manuscript
  5. Converting PhD or Masters thesis into a book
  6. Identifying a good publisher
  7. Professional editing
  8. Peer review process – the process and techniques
  9. Effective supervision of masters and PhD theses and dissertations
  10. Preparing new courses and programs
  11. Writing modules for Open and Distance Learning and Online classes
  12. Any other relevant topic requested by trainees

 

Colloquium 20: Roundtables, independent panels and association meetings

 Sub-Themes:

  1. Open for any panels or roundtables or association meetings
  2. Any relevant topic

Registration Fees:

  1. Staff from East African Universities and Organizations US$ 70 (KES 7,000)
  2. Rest of Africa US$ 150
  3. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200
  4. Exhibition and advertising stand - US$ 200
  5. Colloquium 17, 18 and 19 pay additional US$50 per colloquia

Registration fee payments to: Center for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES TO BE ADDRESSED TO:

Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convener and Chair

Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 13447-00400,

Nairobi, Kenya

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