Performing Postproverbials: Transformations and Modernities in African Studies 

in conjunction with 
Performing Postproverbials: Transformations and Modernities in African Studies 
New Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 28, 2019

Date: June 19 – 22, 2019
Venue: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

The Organizing Committee, Department of English, University of Ibadan, in conjunction with the PACE Research Network, hereby invites submissions of abstracts for participation in an international conference on the oral poetics, discourse and interpretations of postproverbials as cultural materials which are produced in various media and disciplines across the African continent.Postproverbials are oppositions, sometimes, parallel subversions to given traditional proverbs. They exist through acts of rupture and suture, or precisely by means of the dual acts of disassemblage and reassemblage. As speech acts, they are performed deliberately or inadvertently, in linguistic events, politics, popular culture, economics, architecture, literary forms, media and other disciplines.We are interested in other interventions on the artistic and verbal phenomenon with the implications of its production for language, culture, psychology and identity among others. Areas for paper and poster presentations are not limited to the following sub-themes:Sub-themes
  • Proverbial Continuities and Discontinuities
  • Postproverbiality in African Languages
  • Concepts, Contexts and Categories of Proverb Transformations
  • Orality, New Orality and Postproverbial Work
  • Postproverbials and Notions of Agency 
  • Fieldwork in Postproverbial Studies
  • Postproverbiality, Cultural Identity and Hybridity
  • Deconstructive Strategies in Postproverbials
  • Postproverbials, Syncreticism in Religious Studies
  • Postmodernism and Postproverbials in Postcolonial Africa
  • Postproverbials and Popular Culture
  • Postproverbials and the City
  • Postproverbiality in Gender Discourse 
  • Translation Studies in Postproverbiality
  • Postproverbiality and Performance
  • Productions of Postproverbials in Music
  • Postproverbials in African Movies
  • Postproverbials and Anti-Proverbs
  • Postproverbials and Rhetoric
  • Postproverbials and Discourse Analysis
  • Postproverbials and Stylistics
  • Postproverbials and Pragmatics
  • Postproverbials and Speech Act Theory
  • Values and Functions of Postproverbiality
  • How to Do Things with Postproverbials
Participation and submission of abstracts
This conference is open to scholars and graduate students in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, literature, sociology, communication and media, cultural studies, performance, political science and other related disciplines. For paper presentations, panels, roundtables and posters, participants should send abstracts (not more than 250 words), indicating names, institutions/organisations, email addresses and telephone numbers.

Please mail abstracts to 
[email protected], on or before February 28, 2019.

Registration fee
Scholars based outside Africa: $120Africa-based scholars: $50/N20,000Students: $15/N5,000Registration fee covers provision of conference materials, tea breaks and lunch, and admission into evening of cultural performance. Please note that registration fee does not cover accommodation.

For all paper presenters
, notification for payment of registration fee will be made on confirmation of acceptance of abstract. Late registration fee of $10/N5,000 will be charged after the close of deadline for payment.

For other participants and attendees
, on-site payment of registration fee is possible.
A pre-conference workshop on grant writing and fellowship opportunities is planned to hold on June 18, 2019. Further information on the workshop will be provided in due course.

Schedule of Activities

Deadline of Abstract Submission
February 28, 2019

Final Notice of Acceptance of Abstracts       
March 10, 2019
Deadline for Payment for Registration                
April 19, 2019

Pre-conference Workshop
June 18, 2019

Conference (arrival-departure)
June 19-22, 2019 

Post-conference (paper submission)
July 31, 2019

AccommodationA list of hotels for on-campus accommodation during the conference includes UI Hotels, UI Alumni Centre, Adebayo Akande Hall, Otunba Olatunde Runsewe, and the Senior Staff Club Guest House, UI. (Local rate for lodging ranges from N7,000 to N20,000 per night).  

Keynote Speakers: 
Prof. Pius Adesanmi, Department of English Language and Literature & the Institute of African StudiesCarleton University, Ottawa, Canada 
Prof. (Mrs) Asabe Kabir Usman Department of Modern European Languages & LinguisticsUsmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria 
Prof. J.O.J. Nwachukwu-Agbada Department of English Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State.

Local Organising Committee
Prof. Ayo Kehinde
Prof. Akin Odebunmi
Prof. Tayo Lamidi
Prof. Toyin Jegede
Dr. Doyin Aguoru
Dr. Charles Akinsete
Dr. Bunmi Oyemade
Akin Tella
Steve Boluwaduro
Jennifer Umezinwa

For further enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

:                                                                                  Host:
Prof. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade                                                        Prof. Ayo Ogunsiji
Department of English                                                                Head, Department of English
University of Ibadan                                                                    University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria.                                                                          Ibadan, Nigeria.            

Chief Host:
Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, FAS, FNMGS
Vice Chancellor
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria.