International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya June 26-30, 2012

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA),

Department of Research

1st Interdisciplinary International Conference



Deadline March 30, 2011


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

Dates:         June 26-30, 2012

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


The conference will consist of 10 symposia organized by CUEA’s six faculties and an interdisciplinary panel as follows:

  1. 1.      Faculty of arts and social sciences

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

  1. 2.      Faculty of Commerce

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

  1. 3.      Faculty of Education

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

  1. 4.      Faculty of Law

Sub-theme: “Law and Development in Africa”

  1. 5.      Faculty of science

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

  1. 6.      Faculty of Theology

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

  1. 7.      Research and Development in Africa

Sub-theme: “Research and Development in Africa”

  1. 8.     Centre for  social justice and ethics (CSJE)

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

  1. 9.      The  Library

Theme: “Five Decades of the role library in research in Africa”

  1. 10.  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.

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be in the following format: 12 point Times New Roman, Single Spaced in APA referencing style.  Top, bottom, left and right margins should be one (1) inch each.  Soft copy should be saved as a word file (Ms Word 2003 format or Rich Text Format).

Dates to Note:

Deadline for Abstract Submission – March 30, 2012

Deadline for submission of full paper – May 30, 2012


Contact Persons:


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$ 100.00
Rest of the World – Europe, America, Asia, etc US$ 150.00

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 abstracts and 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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