Call for Papers for the 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 26 to 28, 2019 at Multimedia University of Kenya

Call for Papers for the 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 26 to 28, 2019 at Multimedia University of Kenya


First Call for Papers for the 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 26 to 28, 2019 at Multimedia University of Kenya


General conference theme: “Global Trends in Africa’s Development”


Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya


Sponsors: Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED) and Multimedia University of Kenya and African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA)


There are old and new trends influencing development in Africa, existing side by side. Some African governments have dismantled what they regarded as colonial blueprints and created their own. Other governments have created new partnerships with varying degree of success. From the 1990s, African countries have been dealing with global influences many of which are from the West and East. What are some of the indigenous approaches to development in Africa? What are some of the influences that have come from Europe, North America and Asia and to what extent have they succeeded? These are some of the issues that the conference will be seeking to answer.


Organized and hosted by Multimedia University of Kenya, African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), this 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 26 to 28, 2019 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, 2019 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at or or or  or


The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation (one of them is adequate) is May 30, 2019. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals – Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies (JAIS) and Journal of Popular Education in Africa (JOPEA) – affiliated to African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), based in Nairobi, Kenya. Co- authorship of individual papers should not be more than 3 persons. Each person is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 papers while authors of Co-authored paper shall separately register for the conference before their presentation of paper(s). 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, 2019

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentation or full papers May 30, 2019

Conference dates – June 26-28, 2019


Colloquium 1: Global Trends in Development in Africa

Sub Themes:

  1. Global trends in development from the North in Africa
  2. Western influences in development in Africa
  3. Eastern influences in Africa: China, India, etc
  4. African or Savannah “Silicon Valley’s”
  5. Indigenous knowledge (IK), Grassroots and Community Based Development Approaches
  6. Women’s Liberation, Youth Empowerment and Minority Development
  7. The UN, World Bank, INGOs, NGOs and Community Based Organizations
  8. Partnerships, Foreign Aid and Western Development models
  9. New trends in Energy, Water, Pastoralism, Agriculture, Fishing, bee-keeping, Roads, Railways, Air transport, Health, taxi transport (Matatu, Daladala, etc), etc
  10. Poverty Eradication, Poverty Alleviation, Poverty Reduction, Strategic Management, etc
  11. UN and Social Development Goals
  12. Social Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility
  13. Faith-based Organizations and Development
  14. Trade Unions, Political Parties, Interest Groups and Development
  15. Indigenous African Philanthropy, Good Aid and Bad Aid in Africa
  16. Migration and Movement
  17. Identity, hybridity, blackness and whiteness
  18. Sexuality, ‘queer’ culture and ‘otherness’
  19. Pop culture, multiculturalism and minorities
  20. Voice, agency and silences in global and African development
  21. Linguistics
  22. Language question
  23. Literature
  24. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 2: Environmental, Business and Resources


  1. Global Environmental Movements, Climate Change and Africa
  2. Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs)/Rangelands and E-waste Management
  3. Global Finance, Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking
  4. Patents, Trademarks, Factories, Industries and Manufacturing
  5. New Trends in Outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
  6. Globalism, globalization, European Union, NAFTA, ECOWAS, EAC and IGAD
  7. Devolution, Decentralization and Resource Mobilization
  8. Planning and Management of Strategic Natural Resources
  9. Business Management, Human Resource and Entrepreneurship
  10. The Cooperative Movement, Women Groups and Savings Societies
  11. Media, Transport and Communication
  12. Regional Blocs, Integration and Regional Trade
  13. International Trade and Global Business Management
  14. Tourism, Eco-Tourism, Health-Tourism and Development
  15. Transparency and Accountability, Corruption and Ethics in Development
  16. Sports, Cable TV, English Premier League, American NBA, Cricket, Rugby and Other Sports
  17. Games, Gambling, Betting and Pyramid Schemes in Development
  18. Forensic auditing and accounting
  19. Global Finance and Development
  20. Cooperative Saving Societies, Micro and village banking and bank agents
  21. Money transfer, Western Union, Mpesa and other mobile banking services
  22. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.


Colloquium 3: Education and Development


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


Colloquium 4: Courts, Constitutions and Human Rights


  1. Global Trends, International Court System, Independence of Courts in Africa
  2. Human Rights
  3. Global Trends and Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems
  4. Conflict Transformation and Peace Building Issues
  5. Dictatorships, Democracies and Constitutional reforms
  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
  12. Civic and Citizen Education
  13. Land, Special Courts and Small Claims Courts
  14. Human Trafficking and Global Recruitment Firms
  15. IDPs, Refugees, Illegal and Forced Migration
  16. Protocols, Agreements, Treaties and Accords
  17. Truth Commissions and Restoration of Justice
  18. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 5: Engineering, Science and Technology


  1. Global trends in Highways, Roads, Bridges and Applied Technology
  2. Technical Training, Science, Technology and Development
  3. Global Trends in Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
  4. Global Trends in 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. Transport (Roads, railways, ports nd harbours) and Development
  15. Informal (Jua kali) sector and non formal sector
  16. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


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


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


Colloquium 7: Security, Peace and Conflict


  1. Global Security Architecture and Africa
  2. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and global peace and security
  3. Conflict, Rebel activities, War and Violence
  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
  8. Ethical Issues in Development
  9. Democracy, Leadership and Governance
  10. Dictatorship, term limits and Corruption
  11. Regional Bodies and peace
  12. Displacement, Refugees and International Affairs
  13. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
  14. Waters wars and conflicts in the world
  15. Small arms and light weapons
  16. Special Forces and Commando Units
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 8: Library, Information and Communication Technology and Media


  1. a) Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  2. b) The nature and state of ICT in the world and Africa
  3. c) Mobile Libraries, Dissemination and publishing
  4. d) Library Resources and Development
  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, FM Radio and TV stations and Development
  10. Gender and ICT in Africa
  11. ICT and environment in Africa
  12. Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, m-shwari, etc
  13. Oral literature and oral narratives and texts
  14. Global Media and Africa
  15. CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and Reporting Africa
  16. Media ownership in Africa
  17. Training in journalism in Africa
  18. FM Radio Stations
  19. Media Freedom
  20. Social Media and Fake News
  21. Gender and Media
  22. Media censorship
  23. Women in Media
  24. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 9: Global Trends in Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research


  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. Research permits
  18. Patents and trade marks
  19. University-Industry partnerships
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 10: Health, Medicine and Development


  1. Health Science innovations and inventions in the world
  2. Medical tourism
  3. Epidemiology and pandemics
  4. Ebola
  5. HIV and AIDS
  6. Lifestyle diseases
  7. Malnutrition
  8. Health of mothers
  9. Gynecology
  10. Obstetrics
  11. Medical insurance schemes
  12. Resistance in diseases
  13. Pharmacy and pharmaceuticals
  14. Plastic surgery and cosmetics
  15. Nursing challenges
  16. Expatriate doctors
  17. Psychiatry
  18. Internal medicine
  19. Aging, obesity and diet
  20. Malaria and other tropical diseases
  21. Medical schools
  22. Eradiation of polio
  23. Alternative medicine
  24. Dietetics and nutrition
  25. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 11: Engineering and Technology


  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Electronic engineering
  3. Electrical engineering
  4. Civil and structural engineering
  5. Applied technology
  6. Chemical engineering
  7. Wind, solar and hydro power
  8. Factories and industries
  9. Technical training
  10. Professional engineering exams
  11. Studying engineering
  12. Engineering training
  13. Innovations, discoveries and innovations
  14. Young engineers
  15. Power generation
  16. Aviation
  17. Manufacturing
  18. Textile engineering and production
  19. Food processing and nutrition
  20. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 12: Agriculture, Livestock Development, Fisheries and Irrigation


  1. Research in agriculture
  2. Crop husbandry
  3. Cash crops
  4. Tea, coffee, maize, bananas, wheat, rice, beans and vegetables
  5. Pyrethrum, sisal,
  6. Agricultural engineering
  7. Farm management
  8. Training in agriculture
  9. Strategic crops
  10. Male crops and female crops
  11. Strategic food reserves
  12. Crop rotation
  13. Seed production
  14. Rare crops
  15. Cooperative societies
  16. Irrigation agriculture
  17. Training in agriculture
  18. declining interest in agriculture
  19. Pesticides and the challenges of farming
  20. Extreme weather and agriculture
  21. Strategic crops
  22. Male crops and female crops
  23. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 13: Forestry and Wildlife Management


  1. Global water towers
  2. Carbon sinks
  3. Management of equatorial and tropical forests
  4. Challenges of forest management
  5. Training in forest and wildlife management
  6. Endangered species
  7. Animal orphanages
  8. Rare animal species
  9. Indigenous forests
  10. Rare tree species
  11. Rare animal species
  12. Human/wildlife conflict
  13. Biodiversity in Africa
  14. Resources from Tropical and equatorial forests
  15. Endangered species
  16. Marine parks in Africa
  17. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 14: Water, Mining and Petroleum


  1. Global trends in water use
  2. Water quality and management
  3. National Water master plans
  4. Fresh water use in the world
  5. Water processing and retailing
  6. Irrigation
  7. Water transport
  8. Mining
  9. Strategic minerals
  10. Petroleum production in Africa
  11. The curse of oil in Africa
  12. Conflicts over oil production
  13. Oil contracting in Africa
  14. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome


Colloquium 15: 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. Students with University ID and letter of admission US$ 50 (KES 5,000)
  3. Rest of Africa US$ 150 (Students US$130)
  4. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200 (students US$180)
  5. Exhibition and advertising stand – US$ 200


Registration fee payments to: Center for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya



Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convener and Chair

Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 13447-00400,

Nairobi, Kenya

E-mail: or 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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11 Responses to Call for Papers for the 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 26 to 28, 2019 at Multimedia University of Kenya

  1. Nasongo_Shadrack says:

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I trust you are fine and doing well at your respective locations. I am writing pursuant to the African Studies and Research Forum’s 2018-2019 Research Agenda to call for chapter contributions on the theme of Democracy and Governance in Africa. Those interested in contributing to this project, kindly send me your abstracts of no more than 500 words by Friday September 14 at the latest. The abstracts should be sent to Please, do not simply hit ‘reply’ to submit your abstract.

    The topical issues to be covered under this theme include (though not limited to) the following:

    * Authoritarianism * Democratization (Impact, Implications, Challenges, Prospects) * Political Parties * Elections (Electioneering, Electoral Systems, Election Management Commissions, etc.) * The Third Term Phenomenon * Regime Types * Political Transitions and Regime Change * Public Institutions and Public Policy * Identity Politics (Ethnicity, Race, Gender, Class, Religion, etc.) * Other Relevant Topics

    Looking forward to hearing from interested scholars soon and wishing everyone a productive research year.


    S.W. Nasong’o

    ___________________________________________ Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o, Ph.D., ΠΣΑ Professor of International Studies Rhodes College 2000 North Parkway, Memphis TN 38112 Tel. 901-843-3622; Fax 901-843-3375 email: Twitter: @swnasongo


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  4. Dr Tabitha G Murerwa says:

    looking forward to this conference

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  6. Canisius John Kayombo says:

    Thank you for the cinference Call. But, are going to be allowef to get to Kenya under this discourahing health state!!! Or we are under assumption that by june the condición will be welcoming!!

    Otherwise, I would love to forward my abstract on plant diversity

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