Rethinking the Humanities in Africa (Faculty of Arts Conference)

Rethinking the Humanities in Africa (Faculty of Arts Conference)

Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Faculty of Arts
Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
From - Until
12.06.2006 - 15.06.2006
Oyeniyi Okunoye

The conference is to enable scholars, curriculum planners, policy makers and administrators to appraise the orientation and utility of the humanities and assess the content, methodology and new challenges for the humanities in Africa.

The Conference Committee decided that all participants who fail to submit their full papers for production by May 31 will have to produce 80 copies on their own and submit on arrival.


Monday, June 12. , 2006

Opening Ceremony
Venue: Oduduwa Hall

10.10 – 11.10 a.m. Faculty Annual Lecture - Professor B.O. Oloruntimehin
Rethinking the Humanities in Africa

2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Conference Keynote Address
Speaker: Professor Toyin Falola,
University of Texas, Austin.
Title: Rethinking the Humanities in Africa

Tuesday, June 13., 2006

9.00 – 12.30 p.m. Plenary Session
Venue: Auditorium I
Chairperson: Nuhu Yaqub
Rapporteur: Oyeniyi Okunoye

Sam Aluko, Akure: Economics in a Feudal Society

Munzali Jibril, Bayero University, Kano: “New Directions in African Linguistic Thought”

Eghosa Osaghae, Igbinedion University, Okada: “Globalization and the Crisis of African Political Thought”

Philip Sandick, New York: “Re-cognizing the Humanities: Towards a Complex-Adaptive Discipline”

Eskor Toyo, University of Calabar, Calabar: “Bourgeois-Colonial Blindness in a Quandry: A Comment on Political Study and African Client Scholarship”

12.30 – 1.30 p.m. Lunch break

1.30 – 4.00 p.m. 1st Parallel Session

Session 1A: Knowledge Production and
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H. B. II, Room 402
Chairperson: Sola Akinrinade
Rapporteur: W. O. Idowu

Michael Carklin, University of Glamorgan, U.K.: “African Cinema and the Humanities”

Wole Ogundele, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Mothers’ Breast Milk versus Feeding Bottle Milk: Rethinking Modes of Knowledge Production in Africa”

Usman Ladan, A.B.U, Zaria: “Politics and the Study of Nigerian History: The Dialectics of Scholarship and Political Activism”

L.O. Adewole, O.A.U., Ife: “Issues in the Current Studies in African Languages”

S. Folaranmi, Segun Ajiboye and Tayo Ijisakin, OAU, Ife: “The Value of Art in the Study and Publication of Literary Works”

Session 1B: Pedagogical Challenges an Case Studies
Venue: English Department Library – H. B. III, Room 302
Chairperson: M.E.M. Kolawole
Rapporteur: Chijioke Uwasomba

Jane Bryce, University of the West Indies, Barbados: “Africa Through West Indian Eyes: Teaching African Film at the University of the West Indies”

S.R. Ogunduyile, FUTA, Akure: “Challenges of Curriculum Development and Implementation in Industrial Design in Africa”

Wumi Raji, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Drama, Theatre and the Challenges of a Curriculum in a Postcolonial University”

Emmanuel Adejoh, Kogi State University, Ayangba: “The Methodological Debate in the Humanities: A Case Study of History”

Adeola Faleye, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “An Assessment of the Content, Structure and Teaching of Yoruba Oral Literature”

4.15 – 6.45 p.m. 2nd Parallel Session

Session 2A: Orthodoxy an Novelty in Contemporary Humanities Scholarship
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H.B.II Room 402
Chairperson: O. Omosini
Rapporteur: Taiwo Soneye

Tunde Lawuyi, University of Ibadan, Ibadan: “Sociology in Africa: Response and Responsibility”

A.A. Olowu, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Giving Psychology in Africa a Shot in the Arm”

Kunle Filani, F.C.E. Abeokuta: „New Directions in Fine Arts Scholarship in Africa”

Anika Thiem, University of California: “The Human and Humanity as Challenges for and by the Humanities”

Olatunji Vidal, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “A Century of Research and Scholarship in Nigerian Music”

Venue: Department of English Library, H.B.III Room 302
Chairperson: Adebayo Lamikanra
Rapporteur: D.O Ogungbile

Omotoye Olorode, O.A.U., Ife: “Life Sciences and the Humanities”

Mike Faborode, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Technology and the Humanities”

Adesegun Fatusi, O.A.U., Ile- Ife: “The Beauty and the Beast: Transforming the Relationship between Medicine and the Humanities in the Nigerian Environment”

Ife Adewumi, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “The Humanities and Other Disciplines: Civil Engineering Practice As An Artistic Science”

Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Initiatives, Ibadan: “Humanities, Science and Technology: Linear Continuum or Multi-dimensional Space?”

Tunde Omobowale, University of Ibadan, Ibadan: “Literature and Medicine”

7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Performance
Venue: Pit Theatre, African Studies Building

Wednesday, June 14., 2006

9.00 – 11.30 a.m. 3rd Parallel Session

Session 3A: Disciplinary Challenges I
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H.B. II Room 402
Chairperson: Flora Veit-Wild
Rapporteur: Wumi Raji

D.S. Izevbaye, Bowen University, Iwo: “Critical tasks for Literary Theory”

Ademola Popoola, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Advancing the Frontiers of Legal Research in Nigeria : Issues, Problems and Challenges”

E. Alemika, University of Jos, Jos: “Sociology in Africa: Visions from the Past to the Present and the Future”

Ayodeji Olukoju, University of Lagos, Lagos: “Rethinking Historical Scholarship in Nigeria”

Sola Akinrinade, O.A.U., Ife: “Does History need an Appendage to Function?”

Session 3B: Decolonizing the Humanities
Venue: Dept. of English Library, H.B. III Room 302
Chairperson: Tunde Lawuyi
Rapporteur: Kehinde Ayoola

Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town, South Africa: “Is there a Text in African Literature (in English)?: Rethinking African Literary Studies in the 21st Century”

C.U. Manus, O.A.U, Ile-Ife: “Decolonising the Humanities: The Case of New Testament Criticism in Religious Studies in Nigeria”

Folasade Hunsu, O.A.U., Ife: “How Afrocentric is Literary Studies in African Universities?”

I.C. Ikoroh and E.O. Okwechime, B.I.U. & Uniben: “Decolonising Literary Studies in Nigerian Universities”

A.O. Nkwoka, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Decolonizing Christian Religious Studies and Biblical Scholarship”

11.30 – 2.00 p.m. 4th Parallel Session

Session 4A: The Humanities an National Development
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H.B. II Room 402
Chairperson: Sylvester Osagie
Rapporteur: Tunde Oduntan

Israel Sule Dantata, A.B.U., Zaria: “The Relevance of the Social Sciences in National Development”

Osimiri Peter, Covenant University, Ota: “Philosophy and the Imperatives of African Development”

Michael Olusegun Fajuyigbe, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “The Humanities, Visual Arts and National Development”

Ademola Adejumo, O.A.U., Ife: “The Relevance of Fine Arts in National Development”

Ifeanyichukwu Onwuzuruigbo, University of Ibadan: “Ethnic Conflicts in Nigeria: The Missing Link”

Segun Oyewo, O.A.U., Ife: “Rethinking Theatre Arts for National Development in Nigeria”

Session 4B: The Humanities and the Sociology of Knowledge
Venue: English Department Library, H.B.III Room 302
Chairperson: Richard Olaniyan
Rapporteur: Dipo Babalola

Kalu Uka, University of Uyo, Uyo: “The Dialectics of Ideology in the Globalization of African Performance Arts”

Walter Bisang, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz: „Languages and Cultures in Contact : Convergences and Divergences”

Laide Sheba, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Reconsidering Gender in Yoruba Proverbs”

Regina Ode, Benue State University, Makurdi: “Gender Mainstreaming in the Humanities: An Assessment of the Contents of Humanistic Disciplines in Benue State University”

Peter F. Omonzele, Univ. of Central Lancashire, England: “Concepts of Vulnerability and Susceptibility: Research Ethics Amongst Vulnerable Populations”

2.00 – 3.00 p.m. Lunch break

3.00 – 5.30 p.m. 5th Parallel Session

Session 5A: Challenges of Relevance in Context
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H.B.II Room 402
Chairperson: Walter Bisang
Rapporteur: Abidemi Fabunmi

Sola Ehindero, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Redefining Education in the 21st Century”

Tundonu Amosu, Lagos State University, Lagos: “Foreign Languages and the New World Order”

Remi Sonaiya, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Rethinking Language-in-Education Policies in Africa”

Moses Duruji, Covenant University, Ota: “Post-Modern Perspectives in the Humanities: A Critical Appraisal”

J. O. Famakinwa, O.A.U., Ife: “Redefining the Relevance of Philosophy in the 21st Century“

Phebe Jatau, Federal College of Education, Zaria: “Rethinking the Marxian Alternative for Solving Nigeria’s Socio-Political Economic Crisis Using Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, Wole Soyinka’s Season of Anomy and Festus Iyayi’s Violence”

Session 5B: Disciplinary Challenges II
Venue: English Department Library, H.B.III Room 302
Chairperson: Dan Izevbaye
Rapporteur: Ezekiel Olagunju

L.K. Jeje, O.A.U., Ile –Ife: “Geography and Recent Trends in Nigeria”

Aduke Adebayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan: “Global Best Practices for Foreign Languages for Nigerian Universities”

James Osuo Ewah, University of Calabar, Calabar: “Historical Practice and Perspectives in the Twenty-First Century”

Chijioke Uwasomba, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Retooling the Methodologies in the Humanities in an Age of Boundary Crossing: The Case of Literature”

Foluke Ogunleye, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Meeting up with the Challenges in the Twenty-First Century: Designing Drama Courses for Non-Humanities Majors”

5.30 – 8.00 p.m. 6th Parallel Session

Session 6A: Retrospect an Prospects I
Venue: Faculty of Arts Committee Room, H.B.II Room 402
Chairperson: Jane Bryce
Rapporteur: Y.K. Salami

Nuhu Yaqub, Univ. of Abuja: “New Directions in African Linguistic Thought”

Flora Veit-Wild, Humboldt University of Berlin: “Orpheus Black and White: Janheinz Jahn’s Contribution to the Humanities in Africa”

Adigun Agbaje & Adewale Adebanwi, U.I. & Cambridge: “New Directions in Socio-Political Thought in Africa”

Oyeniyi Okunoye, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “On the Challenges of Relevant Critical Intervention from an African Base”

Abubakar Momoh, Lagos State University, Lagos: “Does African Political Thought have a Future?”

Session 6B: Retrospect and Prospect II
Venue: English Department Library, H.B. III Room 302
Chairperson: L.O. Adewole
Rapporteur: J.A. Afolabi

Akin Makinde, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Redefining African Philosophy in the Twentieth Century”

S.J. Timothy-Asobele, University of Lagos, Lagos: “Research in the Humanities and the Arts: Definitions, Prospects, Problems and Projections”

O.M.A. Daramola, O.A.U., Ile- Ife: “Rethinking Music Performance and Scholarship in the Humanities”

Femi Adedeji & Myke Olatunji, O.A.U., Ile-Ife: “Reassessing the Significance of the Performing Arts in our Contemporary World”

Dan Kahyana, Makerere University, Uganda: “The Humanities for a Social Purpose: Reflections on the Potential Role of African Literature in Fighting HIV/AIDS”