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Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held at Kisii University (KSU), Kenya

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Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference at Kisii University (KSU), Kenya from June 24 to 27, 2015

General conference theme: ““Africa: Looking East or West””



Conference Venue: Kisii University (KSU) Eldoret Campus,Eldoret Kenya
Sponsors: Kisii University and Kenya Studies and Scholars Association (KESSA)

The rise of China and India is creating tensions and anxiety in the global arena largely because of the new financial opportunities for Africa. African countries are said to be looking to the East with a lot of interest and excitement. Chinese leaders are regarded very highly in Africa, in ways that Western leaders were regarded few decades ago, because they come with goodies for African countries. The purpose of this conference on African and its relations with the East and West is to allow scholars to compare the experiences that the two regions have had in the development partnerships with Africa. Japan has been an older partner but China and India seem to have had greater ascendance in the past twenty years in their relations with Africa. Is the relation between African and Western countries changing due to new friendships with China? What benefits are African countries getting from their relation with China and India? These are the type of questions that papers are invited to explore.

Organized and hosted by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs)and other faculties at Kisii University, this 2nd Interdisciplinary International Conference will be held between June 24 to 27, 2015 at Kisii University Main Campus, Kisii, Kenya. 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, 2015 to Prof. Maurice Amutabi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The deadline for submission of full papers is May 30, 2015. Most papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to KSU. The conference will consist of ten colloquia organized along themes.

Colloquium 1: East and West, Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Sub Themes:
a. The role of China and India in development in Africa
b. East and West in Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development
c. East and West, Health and Development
d. East and West, Culture and Development
e. East and West, Urbanization and Rural Development
f. East and West, Gender and Women in Africa
g. East and West and Governance in Africa
h. Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, Kenywood, hip hop, etc
i. East and West and the language question in Africa
j. East and West, Poverty, Deprivation and Vulnerability
k. East and West, Peace, Conflict and Security issues
l. East and West and Refugee Crisis in Africa
m. East and West and Economic Development in Africa
n. East and West and Social Movements in Africa
o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 2: East and West and Management of Resources in Africa
Sub-Themes:
a. East and West and Exploitation of Resources in Africa
b. International Trade, Commerce, e-Commerce and e-Baking
c. East and West and Industry
d. East and West, outsourcing and Africa’s ‘Silicon Valleys’ and ‘Industrial Parks’
e. Global Finance and Development
f. Environment, Climate Change and E-waste
g. Planning and management of natural resources
h. East and West and Entrepreneurship
i. East and West and the Cooperative movement in Africa
j. East and West, Transport and Movement
k. East and West, Trade and regional blocs
l. Global Business Management
m. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome.

Colloquium 3: East and West, Education and Development in Africa

Sub-Themes:
a. East and West, Education, Science and Development
b. East and West, Open and Distance Education
c. New Pedagogies in Africa
d. East and West and Higher Education
e. Exchange Programs and Linkages
f. Evaluation and Education Reforms
g. East and West, ICT and e-Learning
h. Open and Distance Education
i. East and West and Lifelong Learning
j. Industry, Technology and Education
k. East and West, Early Learning and Special Education
l. East and West, Technical and Vocational Education
m. East and West and Primary Education in Education and Poverty Alleviation
o. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 4: East and West, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
Sub-Themes:
a. East and West and Human Rights in Africa
b. East and West and New Maritime Laws
c. Global Networks
d. East and West and Cohesion Issues
e. New Constitutional reforms
f. East and West, Judiciary and Corruption
g. East and West, ICT and Law
h. East and West and Alternative Legal Structures
i. East and West and Environmental Law
j. Dealing with Global Outlaws
k. Global Legal Education
l. East and West and Civic Education
m. East and West and Small Claims Courts
n. Global Recruitment Firms in Africa
o. Illegal and Forced Migration
p. Mineral Treaties and Agreements
q. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 5: East and West, Science and Technology in Africa
Sub-Themes:
a. Science and Natural Resource Management
b. Collaborations in Science, Technology and Development
c. Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
d. Training in Science and Technology
e. exchanges in Research in Science and Technology
f. Industry and University Collaboration
g. Research and Development (R&D)
h. Patents and Trademarks
i. Science, Technology and Environment
j. ICT, Science and Technology
k. Science, Gender and Women
m. Science, Children and Youth
n. East and West, Health and Medicine
o. East and West and Health Tourism
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 6: East and West, Christianity & other Religions in Africa
Sub-Themes:
a. East and West and the Church in Africa
b. Radical Religious Groups in Africa
c. Media and the Church in Africa
d. Ethics and East and West
e. East and West and Theology
f. East and West and Faith-Based NGOs
h. Religious Institutions and Development
i. The Church and the State
m. Global Mega Evangelists
n. Religion and Environmental Issues
o. Religion, Gender and Women in Africa
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 7: East and West, Peace and Conflict in Africa
Sub-Themes:
a. Africa Security Architecture
b. Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region
c. Conflict, War and Violence in Africa
d. Human Rights
e. Peace Education
f. Conflict management
g. Refugees in Africa
h. Ethical Issues in Development
i. Leadership and Governance
j. Corruption in Africa
k. Regional Bodies and peace in Africa
l. Cold Peace and Warm Peace in Africa
m. Failed and near-failed states in Africa
n. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 8: East and West, Library, Information and Communication Technology
Sub-Themes:
a) East and West and Information and Communication Technology in Africa
b) Architecture of ICT in Africa
c) Disseminations and publication
d) Library resources
e) E-Library/Virtual library
f) E- books/E-Journals
g) Internet Research
h). Communication and Journalism
i) Databases
j. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 9: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa
Sub-Themes:
a. China, Indigenous Knowledge and Development
b. East and West and Development
c. Gender and Development
d. Corporate Social Responsibility
e. Aid and Sectoral Development
f. New Paradigms of Development
g. Minority Groups and Tensions
h. Interdisciplinary Research
i. Public Policy and Ecology
j. Entrepreneurship and Development
k. Gender and Development
l. Integrated Rural Urban Development
m. Environment and Development
n. Social and Economic Research
o. Research Regimes
p. Abstracts on any other relevant topic are welcome

Colloquium 10: Roundtables, independent panels and association meetings
Sub-Themes:
a. Open for any panels or roundtables
b. Any relevant topic
Registration Fees:
1. Staff and students from the Kisii University (KSU) KShs.5000
2. Staff and students from other universities in Kenya KShs.6, 000
3. Staff from East African Universities and Organizations KShs.6, 500
4. Rest of Africa US$ 150
5. Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 200

Registration fee payments to: Kenya Studies and Scholars Association (KESSA) or Kisii University (KSU) (Attn: 2nd Annual International Conference)
ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES TO BE ADDRESSED TO:

Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convenor
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs),
Vice President, Kenya Studies and Scholars Association (KESSA)
Kisii University,
P.O BOX 408-40200, Kisii, Kenya
Tel: + 254-058-30826
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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