Call for Papers – The 2013 Africa Conference at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), June 25-29, 2013


General conference theme: “Challenges of Development in Africa”


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


Stakeholders in Africa have unearthed many challenges to Africa’s quest for development. Many of them have recommended multi-sector approach to tackling some of the obstacles to development, where all sectors need to be involved in planning and executing development goals. There is a realization that all actors are indispensable and there is no one actor who is more important than others. It is for this reason that all sectors, from agriculture, health, education to water, trade, transport, communication and mining need to join hands. Therefore, scholars and development workers are beginning to look at sectoral development as part of a whole and not as separate entities. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa would like to take this opportunity to invite scholars, researchers, academics and students in Africa and elsewhere to submit abstracts or proposals on challenges to development in Africa and better ways of responding to them.


Organized and hosted by the Department of Research and other faculties at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), this 2nd Interdisciplinary International Conference will be held between June 25-29, 2013 at the CUEA Main Campus, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya.


Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 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, 2013 to Prof. Maurice Amutabi at or or The deadline for submission of full papers is 30th May 2013. Some papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to CUEA.

The conference will consist of ten colloquia organized along themes.


Colloquium 1: Social, Economic and Political Development in Africa

Sub Themes:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Water and Development
  3. Health and Development
  4. Culture and Development
  5. Politics and Development
  6. Urban and Rural Development
  7. Globalization and Development
  8. Gender and Development
  9. Governance in Africa
  10. The language question in Africa
  11. Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability
  12. Women, Empowerment  and Development
  13. Peace, Conflict  and Security issues
  14. Refugee Crisis in Africa
  15. Social Protection and disaster management in Africa
  16. Regional Integration
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 2: Management of Resources in Africa


  1. Management of Resources in Africa
  2. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  3. Commerce and Industry
  4. E-Commerce and E-Banking
  5. Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  6. Finance and Development
  7. Effective utilization and management of Information
  8. Disaster Preparedness and Management
  9. Conflict Management
  10. Planning and management of natural resources
  11. Income Generating Activities
  12. The Cooperative movement in Africa
  13. Transport
  14. Entrepreneurship
  15. Trade and regional blocs
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 3: Education and Development in Africa


  1. Education, Science and Development
  2. Education and Development
  3. Funding Education in Africa
  4. Higher Education  
  5. Education for Effective Resource Utilization
  6. Education Reforms
  7. ICT and E-Learning
  8. Open and Distance Education
  9. Lifelong Learning
  10. Industry, Technology and Education
  11. Special Education
  12. Technical and/or Vocational Education and Development
  13. Globalization and Education
  14. Universal Primary Education
  15. Education and Poverty Alleviation
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 4: Law, Constitution, Human Rights and Development


  1. Law and Natural Resource Management
  2. Law and Development
  3. Human Rights  
  4. The Rule of Law
  5. Constitutional Reforms in Africa
  6. The Judiciary and Corruption
  7. ICT and Law
  8. Management of Legal Institutions and Structures
  9. Environmental Law
  10. Law and Research
  11. Legal Education
  12. Civic Education
  13. Public Defenders in Africa
  14. Legal Training in Africa
  15. Law and Stakeholders
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 5: Science, Technology and Development in Africa


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


Colloquium 6: The Church, NGOs and CBOs in Development


  1. The Church and Natural Resource Management
  2. The Church and Development
  3. The Church and the State
  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. Religion and Gender
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 7: Peace, Conflict and Development in Africa


  1. Peace in the Great Lakes Region
  2. Conflicts in Africa
  3. War and Violence
  4. Human Rights
  5. Peace Education
  6. Conflict management
  7. Refugees in Africa
  8. Ethical Issues in Development
  9. Leadership and Governance
  10. Corruption in Africa
  11. Regional Bodies and peace in Africa
  12. Cold Peace and Warm Peace in Africa
  13. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
  14. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 8: Library, Information and Communication Technology


a)     Challenges of Information and Communication Technology in Africa

b)    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Development

c)      Disseminations and publication

d)     Library resources

e)      E-Library/Virtual library

f)       E- books/E-Journals

g)      Internet Research

h)      Databases


Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa


  1. Indigenous Knowledge and Development
  2. Globalization and Development
  3. Gender and Development
  4. Sustainable Development
  5. Aid and Sectoral Development
  6. New Paradigms of Development
  7. Minority Groups and Tensions
  8. Interdisciplinary Research
  9. Management of Change
  10. Entrepreneurship and Development
  11. Gender and Development
  12. Integrated Rural Urban Development
  13. Environment and Development Scientific Research
  14. Social and Economic Research
  15. Research Regimes
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 10: Roundtables, posters, independent panels and prominent scholars


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


Registration Fees

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


Staff from other universities in Kenya


Staff from East African Universities and Organizations


Rest of Africa

US$ 100.00

Rest of the World – Europe, America, Asia, etc

US$ 120.00


Registration fee payments to: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Attn: 2nd Annual International Conference)



Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi

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

Tel: 254-020-891601-6 ext 2207

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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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