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    [Call for Papers] 18th Igbo Studies Association Annual International Conference

    18th International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association
    Oakland Hotel, 2 Ebeano Tunnel Crossing, Off Ogui Road, Enugu, Nigeria

    June 18-20, 2020

    Theme: Uwa Ndi Igbo: Igbo World, Igbo Condition




    The Igbo Studies Association (ISA) invites scholars, students and professionals from all parts of the world, whose research interests cover any of the areas of Igbo Studies, to submit abstracts for the 18th ISA Annual International Conference, to be held at Oakland Hotel, 2 Ebeano Tunnel Crossing, Off Ogui Road, Enugu, Nigeria, on June 18-20, 2020.

    The 2020 conference principal theme, Uwa Ndi Igbo (Igbo World, Igbo Condition), provides opportunities for scholars to engage with colleagues and share their research in an interdisciplinary dialogue and exhibition on topics and issues facing the Igbo at home and abroad. Subthemes include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Birth, Marriage, Death and Ritual
    • Climate Change and Environmental Degradation
    • Corruption and Fraudulent Practices
    • Engineering and Entrepreneurship
    • Folklore, History and Literature
    • Home, Family and Community
    • Human, Women’s and Children’s Rights
    • Ideology, Materialism and Development
    • Igbo Diaspora and Wealth Repatriation
    • Igbo Language and Foreign Languages
    • Igbo Language Endangerment and Preservation
    • Igbo Traditional Religion
    • Indigenous Igbo Feminism and Female Empowerment
    • Infrastructure and Social Development
    • Insecurity, Crime and Punishment
    • Intellectual Property
    • Investment Opportunities in Igboland
    • Land Tenure System and the Law
    • Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
    • Leadership and Governance
    • Learning Igbo as a Second Language
    • Marginalization and Restructuring
    • Medicine, Nursing and Health
    • Migration and Emigration
    • Militarism and Political Governance
    • Music, Visual Arts and Film
    • Nationalism and Self-Determination
    • Nollywood, Culture and Values
    • Numerology in the Igbo World
    • Politics, Bribery and Corruption
    • Religions and Superstitious Beliefs
    • Science and Technology
    • Social Justice and Criminal Justice
    • Social Media and Cyber Crime
    • Translation and Teaching in Igbo
    • Women, War and Conflict Resolution
    • Xenophobia


    Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words, prepared in MS-Word and according to the submission guidelines, online through the ISA website. Papers can be written in Igbo or English. All abstracts not prepared according to the submission guidelines will be rejected.

    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 Program Chair 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.


    Deadline for abstract submission: December 31, 2019 (extended till February 29, 2020).
    Deadline to submit a completed paper: April 30, 2020.

    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:

    Dr. Chidi N. Igwe
    Program Chair
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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