AREWA HOUSE, KADUNA AND PAN AFRICAN STRATEGIC AND POLICY RESEARCH GROUP (PANAFSTRAG), LAGOS
CALL FOR PAPERS
A NATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY SYSMPOSIUM
PRAYERS, POLITICS, PROBITY AND POVERTY- REDUCING POVERTY AND MINIMISING INEQUALITY
TO BE HELD IN AREWA HOUSE, KADUNA BETWEEN 16-20 MAY, 2016
A National Symposium has been organized to bring together scholars/researchers, practitioners of diverse religious traditions and spiritualities, FBOs/NGOs and policy makers to interrogate how and to what extent various religions and spiritualities in Nigeria engage in processes of economic, social and political transformation. Public commentators often criticize political entrepreneurs and African states of their failure to develop an ethic of public probity and accountability, partly exemplified by corruption and impunity. The enigmas of public transparency and probity can hardly be limited to public governance. We can also explore how religious institutions in Nigeria interrogate, critique, practice or fail to eschew transparency, accountability and probity in the quest for economic and social-political transformation. Religious entrepreneurs grapple with similar issues of leadership, good governance, probity, integrity as a reflection of their wider societies. Ecclesiastical, Islamic, or Indigenous religious polities are situated within wider pluralistic (secular) polities in Africa and are thus mutually reinforcing each other. The significance of leadership and corporate governance (religious/secular) lies in its contribution to prosperity, peaceful coexistence, moral regeneration and accountability. Accountability requires appropriate rules and regulations, doctrines, codes of conduct, values and behaviour to make for viable transformation. For instance, a historical perspective on leadership and followership dynamics can be helpful in the present crisis in leadership in church and secular contexts. The religious groups and missionary societies played a crucial role in the shaping of Nigerian cultures, as much in the colonial period as during the years of the formation of the Federation and the post-colonial era.
The conference provides a platform in which scholars/researchers, practitioners and policy makers will explore, through historical and contemporary perspectives, how authority structures, institutionalized myths, beliefs, and rituals of authority differently mobilize and influence followers’’ behaviour and attitudes towards financial probity and organizational policies. How do various hierarchical/decentralized religious polities (i.e. structures of religious government) in Nigeria deal with issues of probity (moral regeneration), equity and sustainable development? What values do Nigerian religions and spiritualities evince that represent a boon or bane for improving corporate governance and ensuring improved ethics and probity in Nigerian politics? How should religious polity structures respond to criticisms and identify with national/international policies that are aimed at a disciplined management and equitable distribution of public resources, and the establishment of a viable culture of financial probity? What various models condition religious polities and leadership and followership in Nigeria, and how have these been influenced by modern political movements, such as Western democracy, as well as by modern economics and technology? Are liberal or conservative forms of religiosity compatible with Western democracy? How and to what extent should religious insights be present in the public sphere of the secular polity and vice versa? How do we engage prayer and ritual action to impact on religious and national polities to maximize probity and integrity at personal and institutional levels?
The conference will highlight and explore how and to what extent Nigerian religious traditions and spiritualities may cohere on the critical issues, such as that of probity, integrity, equity and accountability, which confronts our country.
The conference programme shall focus on the following and related sub-themes:
-Nigerian politico-economy, religious polity and accountability
-The Clerics, religious polity structures, ethics, integrity, corruption and transparency
-The Civil Service, ethics, socio-cultural values, and social action
-The Private Sector and religious polity
-Traditional (indigenous) systems of governance and probity
-Liberation Theology, politics and socioeconomic empowerment
-Religious polity, Security Agencies, ethics, Integrity, corruption and Communities.
-Religion, spiritualities and sustainable development in the Nigerian Communities
-Probity, Religious Sects/Spiritualities and the agenda for Personal and Institutional Integrity
Papers are invited to focus on one or more of the above sub-themes from interested scholars, religious groups, States and Local Government policy and decision makers, Local Communities, faith-based NGOs and concerned Civil Society organizations. Interested persons are required to submit abstracts (not more than 300 words) and papers, stating institutional affiliation.
Abstracts are to be submitted on or before November 30, 2015 and will be acknowledged immediately. Favourable or unfavourable response will sent to the author one week after the date of acknowledgement and after being peer- reviewed.
Full papers must be sent in by January 31, 2016. Please note that only peer-reviewed papers will be published. Detailed instructions will be sent to authors of accepted abstracts.
Arrival and registration = May 16, 2016
Departure = May 20, 2016
Overseas participants =N25, 000.
Local presenters =N15, 000
Post Graduate students and NGOS=N10, 000
Non-presenters, Youths, Undergraduate students, Retirees = N 7, 500
PAYMENT OF FEES.
On the acceptance of your abstract and paper for presentation, you are requested to pay the appropriate amount to the account below: Bank - First Bank Nigeria, PLC. Account Name – Arewa House Project Account. Account Number – 2016981711. Sort Code – 011114862.