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Call: 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference - ​Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos

Proposals for panels, round-tables and workshops from academic and non-academic practitioners of Lagos Studies across fields and disciplines are invited.

The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference

Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria

June 27-29, 2019

For centuries, Lagos has responded to significant changes in the core structures of its economic, social, and political order. A combination of internal transformation shaped external changes, and vice versa, creating monumental impacts in the city. Scholars working with diverse discursive tools have examined the contributions of Lagos to African and global transformation from the pre-colonial era to the present. From the story of internal migrations leading to the creation of communities to how the transatlantic slave trade integrated the port city into the vortex of world capitalism, Lagos as a phenomenon and an imagination manifests in the interplay of complex local and global processes. Lagos is both a beneficiary and contributor to the making of modern global cultures.

Therefore, in the fourth edition of its annual conference, the Lagos Studies Association seeks to build on existing scholarship on local and global processes in the making of Lagos. We are interested in new ideas that challenge existing paradigms while presenting significant possibilities for Lagos Studies. We invite presentations that compel us to rethink how the intersection of local and global dynamics have shaped the ways we conceptualize Lagos as an African city. Constant population movement, new ideals of community and local power, Atlantic and cultural exchange, social media and new identities, and regional political ideas that emphasize urban renewal, among other dynamics pose serious questions for engaging the continuous re-making of Lagos.

To this end, we invite proposals for panels, round-tables, and workshops from academic and non-academic practitioners of Lagos Studies across fields and disciplines. We also encourage proposals from scholars working on other African and Nigerian cities in order to better place the intersections of the local and the global in regional and pan-African perspectives.

Subthemes include but are not limited to the following:

  • Architecture and urban renewal
  • Business, culture, and market economy
  • Capitalism and neoliberalism
  • Children and youth culture
  • Decolonization, education, and university culture
  • Diaspora and Atlantic cultural exchange
  • Digital humanities
  • Disease and wellness
  • Environmental ethics and sustainability
  • Everyday life
  • Global capital
  • Humanities and development
  • Inter-group relations
  • Language and literature
  • Mobility and migration
  • Neighborhoods, land, and housing policies
  • Official and unofficial narratives
  • Politics and democracy
  • Security and investment
  • Social class, subjectivities, and inequality 
  • Social media, musical culture, and identity formation
  • Space and urbanization 
  • Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Tourism and leisure
  • Women, gender, and sexuality

Submission: Individual proposals should include a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and email and phone contacts of presenters. Panel, round-table, and workshop proposals should comprise a 250-word summary, and email and phone contacts of all participants. Selected papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of urban and African studies journals.

Due date to submit abstract: December 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance of abstract by December 31, 2018. Email address:

Registration fee: Local (N10,000); International ($100). Registration fee covers nine full meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the conference. Everyone listed on abstracts must pre-register by paying registration fee after the acceptance of abstract.

Deadline: 15.12.2018


US Address:
The Lagos Studies Association
C\O Saheed Aderinto
286 Central Drive
History Department
McKee Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee NC 28723
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Nigeria Address:
The Lagos Studies Association
C\O Dr. Yetunde Zaid
University of Lagos Library
P.M.B 1012
Akoka, Lagos
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