Call for papers for KESSA 2012 Conference, Bowling Green, Ohion

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Presenters should submit 250‐word (or less) abstracts that include the presenta􀆟on’s 􀆟tle, presenter, ins􀆟tu􀆟onal affilia􀆟on, contact informa􀆟on (mailing address, phone, and email address), purpose, methods, conclusions, and three key words. Abstracts should be edited for spelling, gramma􀆟cal, and typographical errors. Abstracts should convey research results clearly and concisely and should be as jargon free as possible since this is an interdisciplinary conference. Please do not include references, cita􀆟ons, and/or abbrevia􀆟ons in the body of the abstract. By submi􀆫ng an abstract, you grant KESSA permission to include it in the conference program and/or disseminate it electronically. While abstracts will be accepted without the registra􀆟on fee, the fee (whose deadline will be announced later) is mandatory for conference par􀆟cipa􀆟on. Please see registra‐ 􀆟on details below. The deadline for abstract submission is May 4, 2012. Proposals for organized paper sessions, panels, and round‐table discussions are welcome. Organized paper sessions should consist of 4‐5 papers. Session organizers should clearly iden􀆟fy all session par􀆟cipants and submit all session abstracts in one package and should ensure that each abstract meets the abstract guidelines noted above. To submit your abstract go to: and follow the 2012_conference link Sept. 7—8, 2012, Bowling Green OH KESSA Organizing Committee In 2012, Kenya will witness the first parliamentary and presiden􀆟al elec􀆟ons since the promulga􀆟on of a new cons􀆟tu􀆟on in 2010. For the first 􀆟me since independence, a cabinet minister will not simultaneously serve as a member of the execu􀆟ve and legisla‐ 􀆟ve branches of government. Similarly, the office of Governor will come into being under the countybased devolved system of government. These changes and others are thought to usher in a different poli 􀆟cal climate – to the extent that many envision a na􀆟on in transi􀆟on. Whether it is fi􀆫ng or not to call Kenya a na􀆟on in transi􀆟on is superseded by these two ques􀆟ons: (i) What opportuni􀆟es does this change offer the country and its ci􀆟zens? (ii) What constraints or roadblocks do Kenyans face in realizing the fruits of this much‐an􀆟cipated change? These ques􀆟ons and others form the core of the theme of the 5th Conference of the Kenya Scholars and Studies Associa􀆟on (KESSA) at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA. The conference will be held in the Bowen Thompson Student Union on September 7‐8, 2012. ABSTRACT ACCEPTANCE: A􀅌er the abstract submission deadline, all the authors of accepted abstracts will be no􀆟fied by email. Please note that beginning this year, conference registra􀆟on is required before abstract submission. Visit for details.


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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