1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), June 26-30, 2012

Call for papers


1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), June 26-30, 2012

General conference theme: “Africa’s Golden Jubilee:  Assessing 50 Years of Scholarship and Development in Africa”


When: June 27th -31st 2012


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


During this decade (2010s), many African countries will be 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 (IIC) that seeks to highlight achievements of Africa for the last 50 years and lessons for the future.

Organized and hosted by the Department of Research and other faculties at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), this Interdisciplinary International Conference will be held on 27th -31st 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 by     30th March,2012. The deadline for the submission of full papers will be on 30th May 2012. Some papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to CUEA.


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






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

Sub Themes:

a.       Research and Development (R&D) in African states

b.      Policy, Governance and Institutional Environment

c.       The language question in Africa

d.      Information and Communication Technology in Africa

e.       State, Society and Development

f.       Culture and Development

g.      Politics of identity in Africa

h.      Urban and Rural Development

i.        Globalization and Development

j.        Regional Development

k.      Contemporary Social Research and Theory

l.        Gender and Development

m.    Diplomacy  in Africa

n.      Governance in Africa

o.      Economic Models

p.      Theories of Development

q.      Dependent Development

r.        Ethos of Work and Development

s.       Water and Development

t.        Health and Development

u.      Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability

v.      Women, Empowerment  and Development

w.    Peace and conflict  and security issues

x.      Imagining Development

y.      Higher and Specialized Education  and the youth for Sustainable Development

z.       Refugee Crisis in Africa

aa.   Social Protection and disaster management in Africa

bb.  Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Contact Person:
Fr. Dr. Frederick Mvumbi, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
E-mail: deanfassc@cuea.edu


Theme: “Management of Resources and Development in Africa: Fifty Years of Shifting Paradigms and Strategies”


  1. Management of Resources in Africa
  2. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  3. E-Commerce
  4. Strategies of Management in Africa
  5. Learning from success stories in Africa
  6. Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  7. Innovation in Commerce and Industry
  8. Development of Banking
  9. Finance and Development
  10. Governance of Public Institutions in Africa
  11. Effective utilization and management of Information
  12. Innovations for mitigating disasters and alleviation of Poverty
  13. Sustainable utilization of resources
  14. Conflict Management
  15. Planning and management of natural resources
  16. Community Banking
  17. Microfinance
  18. Income Generating Activities
  19. The Cooperative movement in Africa
  20. Structural Adjustment Programmes Implications  for Africa
  21. E-Banking
  22.  Telephone Banking
  23. Transport
  24. Entrepreneurship
  25. Trade and regional blocs
  26. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Contact Person:
Dr. Ayako, Dean, Faculty of Commerce
E-mail: deancommerce@cuea.edu



Theme: “Education: Growth and Development in the Past Fifty Years”


  1. Education and Development
  2. E-Learning
  3. ICT and Education
  4. Education, Science and Development
  5. Distance Education
  6. Education and Technology
  7. Curriculum Reforms
  8. Lifelong Learning
  9. Education Reforms
  10. Industry and Education
  11. Special Education
  12. Paradigm shift in Educational Technology
  13. Education for Effective Resource Utilization
  14. Technical and/or Vocational Education and Development
  15. Education and Resource Development
  16. Education and Change in Africa
  17. Education for Liberation and Self-reliance
  18. Educational Administration and Leadership Challenges
  19. Globalization and Education
  20. Universal Primary Education
  21. Educational Psychology for Development
  22. Ethical Issues in Education
  23. Education and poverty alleviation
  24. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Contact Person:
Dr. Amanuel Teklemariam, Dean, Faculty of Education
Email: Amanuel-teklemariam@yahoo.com or amanuel@cuea.edu



Theme: “Law and Development in Africa”


  1. Constitutional Reforms
  2. Law and Development
  3. The Judicial System
  4. The Rule of Law
  5. Law Societies and the Judiciary
  6. Power and Justice
  7. The Judiciary and Corruption
  8. ICT and Law
  9. Management of Legal Institutions and Structures
  10. Governance Issues
  11. Environmental Law
  12. Law and Natural Resource Management
  13. Law and Research
  14. Legal Education
  15. Civic Education
  16. Management of Public Affairs
  17. Public Defenders in Africa
  18. Legal Training in Africa
  19. Law and Stakeholders
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Contact Person:
Mr. Ndiritu
Email: ndiritu@cuea.edu



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


  1. Science, Technology and Development
  2. Appropriate Technology
  3. Training in Science and Technology
  4. Research in Science and Technology
  5. Industry and University Collaboration
  6. Research and Development (R&D)
  7. Science and Natural Resource Management
  8. Science for Ordinary People
  9. Patents and Trademarks
  10. Innovation and Invention in Africa
  11. Science, Technology and Environment
  12. ICT and Science and Technology
  13. Science  and Gender
  14. Women and Science
  15. Science, Children and Youth
  16. Health and Medicine
  17. Improved Technologies for Sustainable Development
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Contact Person:
Dr. Genevieve Mwayuli, Dean, Faculty of Science
E-mail: mwayuli@cuea.edu



Theme: “The Church and Development in Africa: Fifty Years of Under African Hands”


  1. The Church and Development
  2. The Church and the State
  3. Ethics and Development
  4. The Philosophy of Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Development with a Human Face
  7. Faith-Based NGOs and Development
  8. Religious Institutions and Development
  9. Religion and Sustainable Development
  10. Controversial Technologies and the Church
  11. Population Control and the Church
  12. Community Participation in Development
  13. The Church and the Grassroots
  14. Religion and Environmental Issues
  15. The Church and Natural Resource Management
  16. ICT in Natural Resource Research, Education and Management
  17. Religion and Gender
  18. Women and the Church
  19. Good and Bad Development
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Contact Person:
Rev. Prof. Clement Majawa, Dean, Faculty of Theology
E-mail: dean_theology@cuea.edu


Theme: “Five Decades of Interdisciplinary Research in Africa”


  1. Indigenous Knowledge and Development
  2. Globalization and Development
  3. Gender and Development
  4. Dependency and Underdevelopment
  5. The Subaltern
  6. Sustainable Development
  7. Power and Development
  8. Knowledge management for organizational development
  9. Democracy
  10. Ethnicity and Distribution of Resources
  11. Aid and Sectoral Development
  12. Leadership and Governance
  13. New Paradigms of Development
  14. Organizational Development
  15. Training and Development
  16. Minority Groups and Tensions
  17. Interdisciplinary Research
  18. Management of Change
  19. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  20. Entrepreneurship and Development
  21. Women Groups and Development
  22. Integrated Rural Urban Development
  23. Nationalism and Development
  24. Environment and Development Scientific Research
  25. Social Research
  26. Economic Research
  27. Organizational Research
  28. Research Regimes
  29. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Contact Person:
Dr. Winston Akala, Director, Quality Assurance and Prof. Maurice Amutabi (Ph.D),
Email: akala@cuea.edu and amutabi@cuea.edu or amutabi@yahoo.com


Theme: “Five Decades of Ethics, Justice, and Peace and Conflict in Africa”


  1. Ethics
  2. Justice systems
  3. Dialogue, Negotiation and arbitration
  4. Human Rights
  5. Social and economic infrastructure
  6. Conflict management
  7. Refugees
  8. Moral issues
  9. Leadership
  10. Governance
  11. Corruption
  12. Violence and war
  13. Cold Peace and Hot Peace in Africa
  14. Stakeholders and peace
  15. Conflict Analysis
  16. peace and conflict mapping
  17. Development ethos and epistemologies
  18. Militias and vigilantes
  19. Risks and shocks
  20. Social Groups and networks
  21. Problem of mob justice
  22. Policing
  23. Reconstruction and rehabilitation
  24. Healing, trauma and counseling

Contact Person:
Dr. Sr. E;izabeth Nduku, Director, Center of Ethics and Justice

E-mail: Nduku@cuea.edu


Registration Fees

Staff from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and affiliate campuses and universities


Staff from other universities in Kenya


Students of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and affiliate campuses


Students from other Universities in Kenya


Staff from East African Universities and Organizations


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




Participants will meet the cost of their travel and accommodation. Participants/accompanying persons will choose their accommodation in one of the hotels listed below or any other. All rates are per room, bed & breakfast (B/B) and taxes included.

Name of Hotel

Single Room (B/B)

Double Room (B/B)

Family Room (B/B)

Residents (Ksh)

Non-Residents (USD)

Residents (Ksh)

Non-Residents (USD)

Residents (Ksh)

Non-Residents (USD)








Mamba Village





CUEA Hostels



Park Place





Osoita Lodge, Rongai






Swara Safari Hotel







Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
P.O BOX 62157-00200 CITY SQUARE

Tel: 254-020-891601-6 ext 2207

E-mail: amutabi@cuea.edu or Amutabi@yahoo.com


Conference organizing committee


Members of the conference organizing committee

Rev. Dr. John Lukwata- convenor

Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi – co-convenor

Rev. Dr. Mvumbi, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr. Ayako, Dean, Faculty of Commerce

Prof. Majawa, Dean, Faculty of Theology

Mr. Ndiritu, Dean, Faculty of Law

Dr. G. Mwayuli, Dean, Faculty of Science

Dr. Amanuel Teklemariam, Dean, Faculty of Education

Dr. Winston Akala, Director, Quality Assurance

Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Nduku, Director, Centre of Ethics and Justice

Prof. Samuel Nyanchoga

Prof. Clara Momanyi

Prof. Mary Getui

Mr. Stephen Mailu

Mr. Eric Mang’unyi

Ms. Linnet Hamasi

Ms Jane Nambiri

Ms. Jacinta Kinyunzu

Representatives of affiliate colleges and campuses

Conference sub-committees

Hospitality and Venue Preparation Sub-committee

Rev. Dr. John Lukwata – Chair

Rev. Dr. Mvumbi, Dean, Fasce – co-chair

Dr. Dimba, Dean of Students

Ms. Jacinta Kinyunzu

Faculty Representatives

Publicity and Media Sub-committee

Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi – Chair

Mr. Timothy Arege – co-chair

Festus Musau, University Public Relations office

ICT Representative

Faculty Representatives


Excursion Sub-committee

Mr. Stephen Mailu – Chair

Prof. Clara Momanyi – co-chair

Ms. Jacinta Kinyunzu

Faculty Representatives

Transport, Travel and Accommodation Sub-committee

Mr. Eric Mang’unyi– Chair

Bro. Julius – Transport Officer

Hostels officer

Faculty Representatives

Conference Exhibition Sub-committee

Ms Jane Nambiri -Chair

Prof. Mary Getui – co-chair

University publishing office

EAJHS Editorial Board Members

Faculty Representatives





Registration and Delegate Accreditation Sub-committee

Ms. Linnet Hamasi- Chair

Prof. Samuel Nyanchoga – co- Chair

Ms Jane Nambiri

Faculty Representatives

Catering Services Sub-committee

Ms Jane Nambiri – Chair

University catering department

Faculty Representatives

Prizes, Certificates and Fundraising Subcommittee

Mr. Gideon Maina, Deputy Dean of Students – Chair

Finance Department

Faculty Representatives

Conference Timetable

Mr. Stephen Mailu – Chair

Mr. Eric Mang’unyi

University Publications office

Faculty Representatives

Conference Publications subcommittee

Prof. Maurice Amutabi – Chair

Prof. Mary Getui

Timothy Arege


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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