Call for papers for an International conference June 27-31 2012

Call for papers


1st International Interdisciplinary Annual Conference, Theme:

“Africa’s   Golden Jubilee: Assessing 50 Years of Scholarship and

Development in Africa,” at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) to be held on 27th to 31st June 2012

General conference theme: “Africa’s Golden Jubilee: Assessing 50 Years of Scholarship and Development in Africa,” When: June 27-31, 2012

Conference venue: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Main Campus, Langata, Nairobi


During this decade (2010s), many African countries are celebrating 50 years of independence. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa would like to take this opportunity to celebrate accomplishments in scholarship and development with scholars, researchers, academics, students and leaders in Africa, and other parts of the world. This is an interdisciplinary international conference that seeks to highlight achievements for the last 50 years and lessons for the future.


Organized and hosted by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), this International Academic Conference (IAC) will be held on 27-31 June 2012 at the CUEA Main Campus, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of the conference will be Africa’s accomplishments in the past 50 years in various disciplines, from science, technology and engineering to education, health, arts, humanities and social sciences. Papers are invited from experienced scholars and researchers as well as graduate students. The conference organizers will also accept relevant panels, and poster sessions.

Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 300 and 500 words, including This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to vfull contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation. Papers presented at the conference will be published in edited volumes and CUEA journals.


Send abstracts to:

Rev. Dr. John Lukwata or Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi (PhD)

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa,

P.O. Box 62157 – 00200 City Square

Nairobi, Kenya

E-mail address: or or



The conference will consist of seven symposia organized by CUEA’s six faculties and an interdisciplinary panel as follows:

Symposium I: Faculty of arts and social sciences

Sub-theme: “The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Research and Development in Africa: Fifty Years Later”

Symposium II: Faculty of Commerce

Sub-theme: “Management of Resources and Development in Africa: Fifty Years of Shifting Paradigms and Strategies”

Symposium III: Faculty of Education

Sub-theme: “Education: Growth and Development in the Past Fifty Years”

Symposium IV: Faculty of Law

Sub-theme: “Law and Development in Africa”

Symposium V: Faculty of science

Sub-theme: “Science, Technology and Development in Africa: Five Decades of Experiments, Innovations and Inventions”

Symposium VI: Faculty of Theology

Sub-theme: “The Church and Development in Africa: Fifty Years of Under African Hands”

Symposium VII: Research and Development in Africa

Sub-theme: “Research and Development in Africa”

Symposium VIII: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary themes

Sub-theme: “Five Decades of Interdisciplinary Research in Africa”


*We welcome abstracts on any relevant topic. Poster presentations, panel proposals and roundtables are welcome.

*There will be field excursions to some national parks and places of interest in Kenya organized separately, whose cost will be different from conference registration.


Registration Fees

Staff from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and affiliate campuses and universities KShs.2,500.00
Staff from other universities in Kenya KShs.5,000.00
Students of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and affiliate campuses KShs.500.00
Students from other Universities in Kenya KShs.1,000.00
Staff from East African Universities and Organizations KShs.5,000.00
Rest of Africa US$ 150.00
Rest of the World – Europe, America, Asia, etc US$ 200.00


Registration fee payments to: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Attn: 1st Annual International Conference)



Submission of Abstracts30th March 2012

Submission of full papers 30th May 2012


Send full papers to:


Prof. Maurice Amutabi (Ph.D)

E-mail: or or



About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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