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HARNESSING DIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT


UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA, FACULTY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

HOLDING AT PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA

THEME: HARNESSING DIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

DATES: 21-22NDOCTOBER, 2015

Introduction

The conference is aimed at fostering and creating awareness and appreciation of the importance of diversity to sustainable development. Diversity refers to the internal differences within a nation-state and reflects variations in biological and cultural factors such as race, class, ethnicity, religion, language and gender. Cultural diversity in particular is understood not only as the common heritage of mankind, which needs to be protected and promoted, but also as a resource, which needs to be managed in the interest of building lasting peace and sustainable forms of development. This explains the current thinking that the links between biological and cultural diversity - encompassing tangible and intangible heritage related to nature, modes of subsistence, economic and social relations and belief systems – are taken into consideration in policies aimed at development and social change. The Conference encourages the opening towards other cultures, recognizes and defends the distinctive nature of cultural activities, goods and services as vehicles of identity, values and meaning. The conference is therefore aimed at developing recommendations and strategies towards effectively harnessing of cultural and social diversities for sustainable development.

The conference will be of particular importance to developing countries with diversity that can be harnessed for inclusive development. Nigeria for instance has an estimated population of 173 million in2014 and ranks 1st in Africa and 7th in the world. It has about 371 tribes although there are three dormant ones namely, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Therefore, if such diversity is properly harnessed, it may propel the nation’s development to a greater height.

Why you should attend

The conference will bring together researchers, authors and policy practitioners to debate and highlight the different ways in which diversity can be respected, celebrated and managed, as well as  help identify best practices and pitfalls in order to bring about sustainable development and social change in Nigeria.

   

Conference Call for Abstracts

This is an open call for participants and for abstracts for oral presentations. An abstract of not more than 300 words in Microsoft-word and five key words should be sent to the following email address: dean.socialsciences@unn.edu.ng .Submissions should include name, title, email address, academic position and affiliation. All abstract will be peer reviewed and there after successful applicants will be requested to submit their full papers. During the conference presenters will be allotted 15 minutes to present their papers, followed by ten minutes for questions. Researchers, lecturers, practitioners and postgraduate students are all encouraged to apply

 

Conference Sub-Themes:

Conceptual issues: Diversity, Sustainable Development and Social Change;

Strengthening the diversity of cultural expression;

Harnessing the geographical and ecological diversity;

Economic development and social diversity

The role of civil society, NGOs and CBOs in managing diversity;

Rule of law, women empowerment and minority right;

Geo-politics of resource control;

Development policies, legal frameworks, strategies and Action plans for integrating diversity;

Harnessing diversity through Sustainable development education

Cultural diversity as a pillar of sustainable development

 Political economy and social sustainability

Human capital development

Religious pluralism and sustainable development

Internal displacement and adjustment

Diversity and securitization

Gender, Science & Technology education and sustainable development

Public health security and National Development

Population, Diversity, Integration and National Development

Abstract submission Deadline: July 10th 2015

 

Conference fee

The conference fee is N20, 000.00 which covers writing materials, conference bags, tea/coffee Break and Certificate of Participation. Postgraduate students with valid identity cards are to register with N10, 000.00 while international participants are to register with $150.Participants should pay into any branch of Zenith Bank PLC. Account number 1014157632 in favour of "Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria Nsukka as soon as their abstracts are accepted.

 

Publication

Papers presented at the conference will be fully referred and published in the conference proceeding. Those selected based on peer reviewers’ reports will be published in a special edition of Nigerian Journal of Social Sciences.

 

Accommodation

 Special arrangements will be made with hotels within and around the University for Rooms at special conference rates.

 

Contacts

For further information on submitting an abstract, registration and conference themes, contact the following:

 

Uche Christopher

Department of Geography, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Email: uchextop@yahoo.com

08061578432

 

Prof I .A. Madu (photo)

Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Email: ignatius.madu@unn.edu.ng

08037321468

http://www.unn.edu.ng/profile/prof-ignatius-ani-madu