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    CALL FOR PAPERS [Deadline Extended till January 31, 2019]: 17th Igbo Studies Association Annual International Conference

    Dominican University, River Forest, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    May 9-11, 2019

    Theme: Akụ ruo ụlọ, O kwuo onye kpatara ya: Call for a Return to Igboland

    The Igbo Studies Association (ISA) specially invites scholars, students and professionals in Nigeria and in the diaspora, whose research interests cover any of the areas of Igbo studies, to submit their abstracts for its 17th Annual International Conference, to be held at the Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, USA, on May 9-11, 2019.

    This year’s conference theme is Akụ ruo ụlọ, O kwuo onye kpatara ya! This means that one brings laurels unto oneself by helping to develop one’s original homeland with wealth acquired and repatriated from abroad.

    The 17th Annual International Conference will provide opportunities for an interdisciplinary dialogue on topics such as strategies for Igbo political prominence or the lack thereof in the current dispensation, what it means to be Igbo both in Nigeria and the diaspora in a more and more globalized and integrated world, the responsibilities of the Igbo diaspora in protecting Igbo collective interests in both Nigeria and abroad, advancing the political, economic and social development of the Igboland, as well as resilience, endurance and survival of the Igbo as a people.

    Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words focusing on topics including (but not limited to) the following subject areas:

    • Birth, Marriage and Death Rituals and Ceremonies
    • Biafra-Nigeria War
    • Christianity, Igbo Traditional Religion and Islamization
    • Climate Change and Environmental Protection
    • Domestic Violence
    • Engineering and Entrepreneurship
    • Feminism and Gender Rights
    • Genocide and Residues of the War
    • Herdsmen, Ethnic Cleansing and Political Violence
    • History, Literature and Folklore
    • Human Rights and Children’s Rights
    • Ideology, Materialism and Development
    • Igbo Diaspora, Wealth Repatriation and Investment Opportunities in Igbo Land
    • Infrastructure and Social Development
    • Intellectual Property
    • Land Tenure System
    • Language Contact, Endangerment and Preservation
    • Leadership and Governance
    • Marginalization and Restructuring
    • Medicine and Health
    • Migration and Emigration
    • Militarism and Political Governance
    • Music, Visual Arts and Film
    • Nationalism and Self-Determination
    • Nollywood, Igbo Culture, Values and Westernization
    • Orthography, Numbers, Numerology and Symbolism
    • Policing, Bribery and Corruption
    • Religion and Beliefs
    • Science and Technology
    • Social Justice and Criminal Justice
    • Social Media, Social Engineering, Cyber Crime
    • Translation, Teaching/Learning Igbo as a Second/Foreign Language
    • Women’s Empowerment and Patriarchy
    • Women in Wars and Conflicts


    An abstract of 250-300 words, prepared in MS-Word, must be submitted online through the ISA website. Please note that all abstracts that have not been prepared according to the submission template will be rejected automatically. The abstract should include the title of your proposed paper, poster, panel or round-table, your motivation for proposing the work, thesis or hypothesis, theoretical framework, references, and projected conclusions. It should also include your names in full, current status and institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.


    If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified in writing by the ISA Conference Committee with information on how to pay a non-refundable membership fee of $50.00 (paid in advance), and later a conference registration fee that will permit you to present your paper at the conference.


    • The deadline for abstract submission has been extended till January 31, 2019.
    • The completed paper is due by April 30, 2019, and you may write in Igbo or English.
    • Selected papers will be considered for publication in a post-conference edited volume.

    For more information, please visit the ISA website at:

    For more inquiries, please contact the Program Chair/Director:

    Dr. Chidi N. Igwe
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    Your ISA membership must be renewed annually in order to remain active.

    • Regular Member (Renewal) - $50
    • Student Member (Renewal) - $30
    • Regular Member (New) - $75
    • Student Member (New) - $55
    • Life Member - $1000


    • Regular Member - $100
    • Regular Africa – $70
    • Student Member - $50
    • Life Member - $100
    • Non-Member - $120


    The Director,
    Igbo Studies Association Secretariat & Center for Igbo Studies
    Fine Arts Building, Room # 321
    Dominican University
    7900 W. Division Street
    River Forest, IL 60305 USA
    Telephone: (708) 488-5302