The Head, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan,
The Director, DAWN COMMISSION, Ibadan.
The Director, GOETHE INSTITUTE, Lagos.
The Director, French Institute for Research in Africa, Nigeria, (IFRA-Nigeria)
The Director, Alliance Francaise, Ibadan
The Director, Toyin Falola Centre for the Study of Africa, U.S.A
The Manager, Pan- African University Press,
President, African Studies Students’ Association, University of Ibadan, Nigeria,
The Convener, Fela Kuti International Conference on African Homelands and Social Theory,
Thursday Film Series, University of Ibadan
Gentlemen and women of the Press
It is a great pleasure to have this opportunity of a press conference on the platform of a collaborative agenda and relationship between THE FELA KUTI STUDIES GROUP and the DAWN COMMISSION. This we can confidently say has been made possible with our robust working relationship with the commission in the decolonization of educational systems in Nigeria and Africa at large.
The Fela Kuti Studies group, Nigeria, as well uses this medium to thank all press media outfit- both print and electronic- on the good response they have given to us in organizing this press conference. The study group is very confident that more consolidation of this type of working relationship with all our supporters and partners will transcend by far the operative agenda of the decolonization of knowledge systems in Nigeria and Africa at large.
It is on this basis that we are publicly announcing THE FELA KUTI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN HOMELANDS AND SOCIAL THEORY. The international conference is in its third year in 2018 and as such has been able to gather more influence among Africanist scholars and researchers in African and the Diaspora especially those that research on Fela Kuti and FelAfrobeat studies.
This year’s edition of the international conference is organized in association with Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, DAWN COMMISSION, GOETHE INSTITUTE, French Institute for Research in Africa, Nigeria, (IFRA-Nigeria), Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, Toyin Falola Centre for the Study of Africa, U.S.A, Pan- African University Press, and African Studies Students’ Association, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The conference theme for the 2018 Fela Kuti International Conference on African Homelands and Social Theory is Religion-State Relationship in Post-Colonial Africa: Issues, Context and Perspectives. This conference is scheduled to hold from 10 to 11 October, 2018 at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
The keynote speaker of the conference is Prof Toyin Falola, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
This annual international academic conference is organized specifically to engage thoughts of different orientations towards the social reengineering of the Nigerian socio-political and cultural landscapes in particular, and the entire African continent in general.
To engage Africanist scholars and researchers in African Diaspora Studies on the critiques and issues undermining researches in Africa with all sense of its Africanity and promotion of African cultural identity in the midst of the world galloping against globalization and cultural imperialism. The international conference as part of its primary objectives will engage the Western version of developed knowledge and critically examine the idea and theories of universalism as subjectively constructed to mean that history, religion and modernity started at a so-called centre of civilization.
The 2018 international conference invites scholars, researchers and intellectuals of African and Diaspora studies to carefully join this intellectual discourse of providing alternatives for the advancement of African educational curriculum and decolonization of cultural and knowledge systems in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Consequently, the theme for this year’s edition of the conference is carefully chosen to ruminate on the spate of the eclectical roles that religion seems to play in the lives of Nigerians, and also in the entire polity. As part of a larger discourse on the various interpretations of religion and its complexities, the conference aims at understanding the relationship between religion and the State from different perspectives. As a result of this, the Post-colonial African experience is brought to the fore as a proper historical standpoint for this phenomenon.
The event is to kicked off with a special screening of Alex Gibney’s film on Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ‘Finding Fela.’ The screening is scheduled for 4 pm on October 9, 2018, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan.
The keynote address titled ‘The Bible as an Epistemology’ will be delivered by Professor Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA on October 10, 2018, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan Nigeria at 10am prompt; while lead paper presentations hold afterwards. Later on the same day, a special panel on ‘Religion, State, and Corruption will involve paper presentations from scholars in the field of Religious
Studies, Philosophy, and Peace and Strategic Studies. Dr Jare Oladosu, Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof J.K Ayantayo, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof Isaac Albert, Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Dr Adams Akewula, Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Ibadan, and Prof Adeemola O Daslyva, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, and other notable scholars are expected to present lead and special panel papers at the conference.
The second day of the conference, October 11, is scheduled for paper presentations from scholars across various disciplines. Twelve panels which will run through four parallel sessions are designed to exhaust all paper presentations. The conference will wind up with a grand closing concert at Alliance Francaise, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
The organisers of the conference, look forward seeing all Africanist Scholars, researchers in the Fela Kuti adeventure, Stakeholders, policy makers, governmental agent and their representatives for a productive and intellectual discourse.
Olusegun Micghael Ogundele