Call for papers for 2014 Conference at Kisii University, Kenya

Telephone: 058 30826 P.O. Box 408-40200
Fascimile: 058 31140 KISII, Kenya

Call for Papers for First Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at Kisii University, July 30 to August 2, 2014, Kisii, Kenya

General conference theme: “Africa and the New World Order”

Conference venue: Kisii University, Main Campus, Kisii Town, Kenya

The rise of China and India as global economic powers has created new development dynamics, synergies and imperatives for Africa. Many African countries are looking for new global partners in order to create and fashion better development opportunities for their people. Global forces have triggered changes in social, economic, political and cultural spheres which have shaped events on the continent in ways that are all-encompassing. There is increasing realization that the world is a global village where influences move back and forth in rapid succession between cultures, so that it is often not easy to tell the original from the duplicate. The changes triggered by global forces will be the focus of the 2014 First Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference. The purpose of this conference on Africa and the new world order is to bring to the forefront new perspectives that address how Africa has respondent to forces of globalization, especially to the rise of China and India.

Kisii University is one of the newest public universities in Kenya, and was awarded its charter by former President Mwai Kibaki in February 06, 2013, becoming the 13th Public University in Kenya. The University is located in a picturesque area surrounded by beautiful hills, west of the Great Rift Valley in south-western highlands, less than 100km from the famous Maasai Mara National Park, and less than 100km from Lake Victoria. Famous for its banana cuisines, and constant rain, Kisii town is home to Kisii University which has a population of 10,000 students and 450 academic staff members. Participants to the International Conference who arrive on July 29 2013 before the conference starts will be picked from Nairobi in subsidized transport by Kisii University buses at 2000/- return and taken to the main campus in Kisii town where the conference will take place. Participants who come after July 30 will be organized into pooled transport to save on travel costs. Tours to various attractions will be organized at a separate fee (separate from the conference registration fees) for interested delegates. Hotel accommodation is not part of the conference registration fees. Conference material, teas and lunches will be catered for under the conference registration fees. No additional charges will be required for publication of the proceedings and edited volumes and journals.

Organized and hosted by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of Kisii University with the support of all faculties at the university, this First Interdisciplinary International Conference will be held between July 30 and August 2, 2014 at the Kisii Main Campus, in Kisii Town, Kenya. Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including full contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation by 30th March, 2014 to Prof. Maurice Amutabi at or

The deadline for submission of full papers is 30th May 2014. All papers presented at the conference will be published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to Kisii University after satisfactory peer review process. The conference will consist of several colloquia organized along themes.

Colloquium 1: Globalization, Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Sub Themes:
a. Globalization and New Global Order in Africa
b. Globalization, Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development
c. Globalization, Health and Development
d. Globalization, Culture and Development
e. Globalization, Urbanization and Rural Development
f. Globalization, Gender and Women in Africa
g. Globalization and Governance in Africa
h. Hollywood, Nollywood, hip hop, etc
i. Globalization and the language question in Africa
j. Globalization, Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability
k. Globalization, Peace, Conflict and Security issues
l. Globalization and Refugee Crisis in Africa
m. Globalization and Economic Development in Africa
n. Globalization and Social Movements in Africa
o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 2: Globalization, Agriculture, Commerce, Tourism and Management of Resources in Africa
a. Globalization, Agriculture, Tourism and Exploitation of Resources in Africa
b. International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking
c. Globalization and Industry
d. Globalization, outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
e. Global Finance and Development
f. Environment, Climate Change and E-waste
g. Planning and management of natural resources
h. Globalization and Entrepreneurship
i. Globalization and the Cooperative movement in Africa
j. Globalization, Transport and Movement
k. Globalization, Trade and regional blocs
l. Global Business Management
m. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3: Globalization, Education and Development in Africa
a. Globalization, Education, Science and Development
b. Globalization, Open and Distance Education
c. New Pedagogies in Africa
d. Globalization and Higher Education
e. Exchange Programs and Linkages
f. Evaluation and Education Reforms
g. Globalization, ICT and e-Learning
h. Open and Distance Education
i. Globalization and Lifelong Learning
j. Industry, Technology and Education
k. Globalization, Early Learning and Special Education
l. Globalization, Technical and Vocational Education
m. Globalization and Primary Education n. Education and Poverty Alleviation
o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4: Globalization, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
a. Globalization and Human Rights in Africa
b. Globalization and New Maritime Laws
c. Global Networks
d. Globalization and Cohesion Issues
e. New Constitutional reforms
f. Globalization, Judiciary and Corruption
g. Globalization, ICT and Law
h. Globalization and Alternative Legal Structures
i. Globalization and Environmental Law
j. Dealing with Global Outlaws
k. Global Legal Education
l. Globalization and Civic Education
m. Globalization and Small Claims Courts
n. Global Recruitment Firms in Africa
o. Illegal and Forced Migration
p. Mineral Treaties and Agreements
q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 5: Globalization, Engineering, Science and Technology, and Environment in Africa
a. Science and Natural Resource Management
b. Engineering, Science, Technology and Development
c. Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
d. Training in Science and Technology
e. Research in Science and Technology
f. Industry and University Collaboration
g. Research and Development (R&D)
h. Patents and Trademarks
i. Science, Technology and Environment
j. ICT, Science and Technology
k. Science, Gender and Women
m. Science, Children and Youth
n. Globalization, Health and Medicine
o. Globalization and Health Tourism
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 6: Globalization, Christianity & other Religions in Africa
a. Globalization and the Church in Africa
b. Radical Religious Groups in Africa
c. Media and the Church in Africa
d. Ethics and Globalization
e. Globalization and Theology
f. Globalization and Faith-Based NGOs
h. Religious Institutions and Development
i. The Church and the State
m. Global Mega Evangelists
n. Religion and Environmental Issues
o. Religion, Gender and Women in Africa
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 7: Globalization, Peace and Conflict in Africa
a. Africa Security Architecture
b. Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region
c. Conflict, War and Violence in Africa
d. Human Rights
e. Peace Education
f. Conflict management
g. Refugees in Africa
h. Ethical Issues in Development
i. Leadership and Governance
j. Corruption in Africa
k. Regional Bodies and peace in Africa
l. Cold Peace and Warm Peace in Africa
m. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
n. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 8: Globalization, Library, Information and Communication Technology
a) Globalization and Information and Communication Technology in Africa
b) Architecture of ICT in Africa
c) Disseminations and publication
d) Library resources
e) E-Library/Virtual library
f) E- books/E-Journals
g) Internet Research
h). Communication and Journalism
i) Databases
j. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa
a.Indigenous Knowledge and Development
b. Globalization and Development
c. Gender and Development
d. Corporate Social Responsibility
e. Aid and Sectoral Development
f. New Paradigms of Development
g. Minority Groups and Tensions
h. Interdisciplinary Research
i. Public Policy and Ecology
j. Entrepreneurship and Development
k. Gender and Development
l. Integrated Rural Urban Development m.
m. Environment and Development Scientific Research
n. Social and Economic Research
o. Research Regimes
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 10: Roundtables, independent panels and association meetings
a. Open for any panels or roundtables
b. Any relevant topic

Registration Fees:
1. Staff and students from Kisii University KShs.5000
2. Staff and students from other universities in Kenya KShs.6, 000
3. Staff from East African Universities and Organizations $100 (KShs.8, 500)
4. Rest of Africa US$ 150
5. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200

Registration fee payments to: Kisii University (Attn: 1st Annual International Conference)

Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convener Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Kisii University,
P.O BOX 408-40200, Kisii, Kenya
Tel: 254-058-30826
E-mail: 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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43 Responses to Call for papers for 2014 Conference at Kisii University, Kenya

  1. cliff sagero says:

    Am interested in taking part in these great call

  2. Evans K. Kipsegerwo says:

    Does Kisii university have a branch in Eldoret ?

  3. Are the papers to be published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals?

  4. ukpong godwin says:

    prof. what of the financial implication?

  5. Joy says:

    Is the call still open?

  6. I think paper presentation is okay, but should be properly scrutinized to establish their authenticity because people have became too lazy to think and are just taking short cuts to copy and paste other people works.

  7. Ban says:

    I am interested to participate in the conference but Prof. Ksh. 6,000 is expensive for an undergraduate with this economy, given also that this is your first conference.

  8. Francisca sunday usen says:

    Dear Prof. Maurice, please can i still send an abstract for the 2014conference in kisii university ,Kenya? I am Dr Francisca Usen from Nigeria.I have just seen the conference advert.

  9. Solomon Muhindi says:

    Expect an abstract soon from Prof Matanga Frank and Muhindi Solomon

  10. Hi Prof Can I send an Abstract. I have just seen the Advert. I am Amos Chege From Meru University of Science an Technology, Kenya.

  11. Emily moruri says:

    il like to join….would I be allowed to pay in installments…..?

  12. anthony ogwaro says:

    am pleased to join the world of scholars. i will send my abstract soon. i am from the university of nairobi

  13. Umar Dutse says:

    Hello. Please I, have strong interest to attend this coming conference…….is there a certificates of attendance to those that attend and pls send me the details of the registration fees…. Tanx.

  14. Bashir Sa'ad Ibrahim, MCICN, CAIAR says:

    This is superb and fascinating idea which encompasses scholars and thinkers from all over the world to meet and present papers on different fields of study. I believed from the looking at its configuration and composition of the conference, there will be fruitful discussions and presentations. I and my colleagues will attend this. Have a triumphant conference.
    From Bashir Sa’ad Ibrahim, MCICN, CAIAR
    Department of Political Science,
    Federal University Dutse-Nigeria

  15. Dr Bamidele Ogunleye says:

    Prof. I have sent you mails on the conference programme. We are anxiously waiting

  16. Elizabeth Khalili says:

    Is the conference program out? I wish to have a look at it please.

  17. Kansite says:

    I am too late to see the advertisement. Can I send my abstract

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