Creativity and Cultural Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora

Official event poster

The Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora.

The concept of creativity is a staple notion within liberal humanism. Closely allied to the idea of genius, the discourse of creativity has privileged the individual subject whose promethean determination and passion bring into being art, innovation, and excellence. This humanist understanding of creativity still has considerable currency in disciplines such as literature and the arts, psychology, mathematics and the sciences. Related accounts of creativity have emerged in numerous other areas, including business, popular psychology, the social sciences, and engineering and technology.

The discourse of creativity that surfaces within multiple fields reveals that the notion of the individual creator is not simply widespread, but omnipresent; indeed, it is a fundamental ideology of Western culture. Challenging the individualist and depoliticized ideology of creativity, the conference calls for papers that present alternative accounts of the social and political dimensions of creativity as they relate to invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, desire, pedagogy and social change. The conference aims at reaching a multidisciplinary academic audience; artists and grassroots activists; the political, journalistic, and information technology communities; and interested members of the general reading public.

The conference promises a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between scholars and dancers, actors and writers, song writers and singers.

Registration:

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of N5,000.00 or (USD100.00/BP50.00 for participants from the US, Europe, and other African countries) must be paid immediately when an abstract is accepted (Students: N3,000 or (USD65.00/BP40.00).
It is expected that all participants will raise the funding to attend the conference.

Africa World Press and the Carolina Academic Press will publish the best papers selected from the conference.

For further information, please visit the official event website.

Place: 
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - Wed, 07/06/2011