2Nd International Conference Call for Papers/Abstracts 5Th -7Th October 2021

Conference Theme

Heritage and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa 


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the United Nations blueprint for a more sustainable future for all.  The international conference aims at establishing the key roles heritage can play in the context of Sustainable Development Goals. This relates to social cohesion, well-being, creativity, economic appeal, natural resource, conservation, water security, safe cities, and environmental management among other facets of heritage. 

Applied research is not well developed in Africa. There is therefore need to build capacity to promote applied research and market our culture, art and indigenous languages. Heritage was long absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide knowledge of its great potential to contribute to social, economic and environmental goals of sustainable development.

Heritage is conceptualized broadly to include every facet of life. Goal five of African Union Agenda, 2063 is about using heritage/culture to make Africa a middle-income continent by 2063. This international conference interrogates the role of heritage as an enabler of sustainable development across SDGs. The conference provides a unique platform to develop and test new approaches that demonstrate the relevance of heritage for sustainable development. 

Email: sass@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke 


The conference aims at providing multi- disciplinary hub:

  1. To enhance creativity and cultural innovation, 
  2. To promote cultural exchange and understanding,
  3. To nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower makers and creators of social justice movements.
  4. To better understand global communities and societies.

Training Needs 

To provide systematic training in domains of conservation techniques, management of cultural knowledge, risk preparedness and production of Heritage professionals.

Sub- themes

Sessions and papers could be devoted to the following sub-themes:

  1. National political philosophy and development
  2. Globalisation and development 
  3. Healthy infrastructure 
  4. Psychological wellbeing
  5. Literature as a cultural repository
  6. Cultural landscapes
  7. Agriculture, arid and semi-arid lands and food security
  8. Sustainable tourism development and management 
  9. Gender and development  
  10. Popular culture and socio- economic  development 
  11. Heritage and language 
  12. Education and national development
  13. Social cohesion and development
  14. Science, technology and innovation
  15. Security, conflict resolution and disaster management
  16. Heritage, policy and governance 
  17. Human rights and sustainable development.

 For more information on the thematic areas visit http://www.kisiiuniversity.ac.ke 

Conference Venue: Kisii University Main Campus

Important Deadlines 

Submission of Abstracts by Tuesday 1st June, 2021

Notification of Abstracts accepted Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021. 

Submission of full papers for accepted abstracts Monday, 19th July, 2021. 

Early Bird Registration before Monday, 26th April, 2021

Abstract /paper submission 

Send Abstract not exceeding 300-words in MS-word; Times New Roman format; font 12; 1.5 spacing; author name, institution, thematic area, email address, and a maximum of five keywords to conference2021@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke. Please put “Conference Abstract” in your subject line.

Conference Registration 

                                                           Early bird                Late Registration 

All East African participants              Kshs. 6,000                    Kshs. 8,000 

All other international participants     US$ 120                         US$ 150 

Kisii University students                    Kshs. 1,500                    Kshs. 2,000 

Other students                                    Kshs. 2,000                    Kshs. 2,500 

            Exhibitors’ fee Kshs. 10,000 (includes Lunch for 2 people)

Registration fee payment 

Kisii University, (Attn: 3rd Biennial International Conference-A/C – Kenya Commercial Bank, ACCOUNT NAME: KISII UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANTS. A/C NO: 1151310557. BRANCH CODE: 191 BANK CODE: 01. Swift Code or electronic transfer is KCBLKENX). Scan the payment document and Email to kiriamah@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke for registration purposes. 

All Enquiries to: 

Prof. Herman Kiriama: kiriamah@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke Tel: +254 701 651 203

Dr. George Aberi: George.aberi@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke Tel: +254 713 835 255

Dr. Jacqueline walubwa: walubwajacque@gmail.com Tel: +254 786 526 662

For Further Information: Please visit http://www.kisiiuniversity.ac.ke or contact conference2021@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke