Call for Papers for the 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27 to 30, 2018 at Multimedia University of Kenya

Call for Papers for the 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27 to 30, 2018 at Multimedia University of Kenya

 General conference theme: Development from below and from above in Africa

 Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsors: African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) and AIDAL, Multimedia University of Kenya

Africa has been willing and unwilling recipient of many models of development, some of which have been top down while others have been bottom up. Many of these models have been developed outside Africa while others have been generated largely from within the continent. Fifty years after independence, there are many countries in Africa which are still struggling to find which models are suitable to their development needs. They are still looking for way forward in terms of which development models work better. There is an emergence of development models that are hybrids of bottom up and top down in which there is a middle ground. in Kenya for example, the creation of the devolved units at County level is seen as a middle ground, the same to states in Nigeria and some regions in South Africa. The tensions between devolved units and national or federal governments in Africa suggest that hybrids have their own challenges as well. Julius Nyerere’s Ujamaa and Jomo Kenyatta’s Harambee have often been seen as development models from above while others see them as having grassroots origins. What are some of the top down or bottom up development models that have worked successfully in Africa? To what extent are these development models internal or external? How can we determine success of a development model? What are the parameters and characteristics that one needs to look for, to determine success or failure of a development model? What is the way forward? These are some of the questions that the conference organizers hope will be answered by participants.

Organized and hosted by African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), this 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 27 to 30, 2018 at Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will bring together scholars from all over the world to make presentations on matters that touch on Africa. 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 March 30, 2018 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at or or or or

The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation is May 30, 2018. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA). The official language of the conference is English. The conference will consist of ten colloquia organized along themes.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts – March 30, 2018

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentation or full papers May 30, 2018

Conference dates – June 27-30, 2018

 Colloquium 1: Development Approaches and Dynamics in Africa

Sub Themes:

  1. Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA)
  2. Grassroots Development
  3. Development from below – Ujamaa, Harambee, etc
  4. Sector-based Development: Mining, Energy, Water, Pastoralism, Agriculture, Health, etc
  5. Urban and Rural Development
  6. Women, Youth and Minority Development
  7. NGOs and Community Based Organizations in Africa
  8. Western development models in Africa
  9. Eastern Development Activities in Africa- China, India, etc
  10. Poverty Eradication, Poverty Alleviation, Poverty Reduction, etc
  11. Millennium Development Goals and Social Development Goals in Africa
  12. Social Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility
  13. The Church and Development in Africa
  14. Political Parties and Development in Africa
  15. Philanthropy and Foreign Aid in Africa
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 2: Environment, Business and Management of Resources in Africa


  1. Environment, Climate Change and E-waste Management
  2. Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs)/Rangelands and Development
  3. International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking
  4. Industry and Manufacturing in Africa
  5. Outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  6. European Union, Global Finance and Development
  7. Devolution and Resource Mobilization
  8. Economic Planning and Management of Strategic Natural Resources
  9. Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship
  10. The Cooperative Movement, Women Groups and Savings Societies in Africa
  11. Media, Transport and Communication in Africa
  12. Regional Blocs, Integration and Regional Trade in Africa
  13. Global Business Management
  14. Tourism, Eco-Tourism and Development in Africa
  15. Transparency and Accountability, Corruption and Ethics in Africa
  16. Cable TV, English Premier League and Other Leagues
  17. Gambling, Betting and Pyramid schemes in Africa
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3: Education and Development in Africa


  1. Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Education in Africa
  2. Open and Distance Learning (ODL), e-learning and e-resources in Africa
  3. Curriculum Reforms and New Pedagogies in Higher Education in Africa
  4. Higher Education, Linkages, Partnerships and Publishing
  5. Industry, Linkages, Exchange Programmes and Collaborations
  6. Special Education
  7. ICT, teleconferencing, webinars, networking and e-Learning
  8. Women, Minorities and Gender mainstreaming in Education in Africa
  9. Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in Africa
  10. Science, Industry, Technology and Education
  11. Private Education in Africa
  12. Technical and Vocational Education in Africa
  13. Africa Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  14. Research Production, Graduate Training and Staff Repositories and anti-Plagiarism
  15. University Ranking
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4: Courts, Constitutions and Human Rights


  1. Independence of Courts in Africa
  2. Human Rights
  3. Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems
  4. Conflict Transformation and Peace Building Issues
  5. Dictatorships, Democracy and Constitutional reforms in Africa
  6. The role of women and minorities in legal issues
  7. Court reporting and Courts in Social Media
  8. Alternative Justice Systems in Africa – Councils of Elders
  9. Environmental Law and Conservation
  10. Role of Regional Blocs and UN in Arbitration in Conflicts
  11. Women, Youth and Courts in Africa
  12. Civic and Citizen Education
  13. Land, Special Courts and Small Claims Courts
  14. Human Trafficking and Global Recruitment Firms in Africa
  15. IDPs, Refugees, Illegal and Forced Migration
  16. Agreements, Treaties and Accords
  17. Truth Commissions in Africa
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 5: Engineering, Science and Technology in Africa


  1. Construction of roads, Bridge building and Applied Technology in Africa
  2. Technical Training, Science, Technology and Development
  3. Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
  4. Engineering and Natural Resource Management
  5. Patents, Trademarks, Technology and Innovation
  6. Manufacturing, Industry and University Collaboration
  7. Research and Development (R&D)
  8. Industrial Parks and Innovation Villages
  9. Innovation, Science, Technology and Environment
  10. ICT, Science and Technology
  11. Science, Technology and Gender
  12. Science, Children and Youth
  13. Health Tourism, Medicine, HIV and AIDS
  14. Health, Tourism and Technology
  15. informal (Jua kali) sector
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 Colloquium 6: The Third Sector, Religious Organizations and non State Agencies in Development in Africa


  1. The Third Sector and Development
  2. Islam and Christianity in Africa
  3. Radical Religious Groups in Africa
  4. Media and the Church in Africa
  5. Ethics and Development in Africa
  6. Faith-Based NGOs
  7. Philanthropy in Africa
  8. Religious Institutions and Development
  9. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
  10. NGOs and Grassroots
  11. Income generating groups
  12. State corporations
  13. TV and Global Mega Evangelists
  14. Religion and Environmental Issues
  15. Religion, Gender and Women in Africa
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 Colloquium 7: Security, Peace and Conflict in Africa


  1. Africa Security Architecture
  2. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
  3. Conflict, Rebel activities, War and Violence in Africa
  4. The UN, African Union, Gender and Human Rights
  5. Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region
  6. Conflict Management
  7. War and Refugees in Africa
  8. Ethical Issues in Development
  9. Democracy, Leadership and Governance in Africa
  10. Dictatorship, term limits and Corruption in Africa
  11. Regional Bodies and peace in Africa
  12. Displacement, Refugees and International Affairs
  13. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
  14. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 8: Library, Information and Communication Technology


  1. a) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa
  2. b) The nature and state of ICT in Africa
  3. c) Mobile Libraries, Dissemination and publishing
  4. d) Library Resources in Africa
  5. e) E-Library/Virtual library
  6. f) E- books/E-Journals
  7. g) Internet Research and online publishing
  8. h) Communication and Journalism
  9. i) Language, Radio and TV stations in Africa
  10. Gender and ICT in Africa
  11. ICT and environment in Africa
  12. Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, etc
  13. Oral literature and oral narratives and texts
  14. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa


  1. Challenges of invention of states and ethnic groups in Africa
  2. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Development in Africa
  3. Gender, Women and Development in Africa
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. Aid and Sectoral Development
  6. New Paradigms of Development
  7. Minority Groups and Tensions
  8. Interdisciplinary Research and Development
  9. Public Policy and Ecology
  10. Entrepreneurship and Development
  11. Minorities and Development
  12. Integrated Rural Urban Development
  13. Funding Interdisciplinary Research and Development
  14. Social, Economic and Political Research
  15. Research Regimes
  16. Opinion polls, surveys and mapping in Africa
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

 Colloquium 10: Roundtables, independent panels and association meetings


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


Registration Fees:

  1. Staff from East African Universities and Organizations US$ 60 (KES 6,000)
  2. Rest of Africa US$ 150
  3. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200
  4. Exhibition and advertising stand – US$ 200

Registration fee payments to: African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Nairobi, Kenya


Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convenor and Chair

African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 13447-00400,

Nairobi, Kenya

E-mail: or or 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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