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    As we gather for yet another annual meeting of our dear association and my second annual report as your president, I would want to begin by saying that I have stood on the shoulders of our founding fathers and mother not to make history, which I and many others helped shape over the last 15 years, but to say that collectively we are “moving higher, looking farther, and leading the way forward”

    As many of you are aware, we have continued to grow in numbers over the last two years. I am particularly proud of our outreach in Nigeria. My appointment as professor at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in the last one year and half was an opportunity to reach out to the scholarly community especially at Nsukka, Imo State University, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education among others. We can continue to build on these connections to strengthen our numbers and also to bring younger scholars into the fold. Today, our active membership is about 300.

    The 14th International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association was held at Dominican University River Forest, Illinois, USA on the theme: Ndi Igbo in the Global Context on May 12-14, 2016. The participants included scholars from over 74 tertiary institutions, leaders of community organizations, independent scholars, clergy/religious, and professionals from the United States, Canada, and Nigeria.

    The three-day conference addressed different aspects of the Igbo experience within the context of the conference theme. It also witnessed over 100 paper presentations, four round tables/plenary sessions, a town hall meeting, and a keynote address entitled “The Future of Ndi Igbo: Osondu Agwu Ike” delivered by Professor Thomas Onuoha Chukwujike Ndubizu, Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Vice-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri.

    Expected at this year’s conference are 169 scholars from universities and tertiary institutions, leaders from community organizations, independent scholars, clergy/religious, and professionals from the United States, Nigeria, and Europe. There will be 139 papers to be presented split between 28 panels. At this year’s conference, 36 higher educational institutions in Nigeria are represented; 14 higher institutions in the US; and scholars from 24 various institutes, government ministries, religious organizations, and the private sector.

    The Don Ohadike Book Prize of the Igbo Studies Association will be awarded annually at the ISA Annual Meeting to the author of the best book on Igbo or Eastern Nigerian Studies published in the previous calendar year. The cash prize amount shall be $200 and a plaque. In the event that there are co-winners, the payment will be equally divided amongst the co-winners. To be initiated in 2016, the award will be made possible by an initial donation of $500 by Professor Chima Korieh. 

    Recent weeks have witnessed xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South African cities. The Igbo Studies Association (ISA) condemns acts of violence perpetrated against African immigrants, especially Nigerians many of whom are Igbo living in South Africa. These gruesome acts have resulted in deaths and injuries. Since the fall of apartheid in 1994, and in the post-apartheid ANC-led government, South Africa has enjoyed economic growth thanks in part to many immigrants moving to the country for job and leisure. However, just as in 2008, waves of xenophobic attacks that occurred in April 2015 have threatened the lives and wellbeing of African immigrants in the country. The ISA implores the government of South Africa to step up and protect the lives and property of immigrants who contribute to the cultural diversity and economic vitality of the country.

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    SUBMIT ABSTRACT - 2020

     

    MEMBERSHIP DUES

    Your ISA membership must be renewed annually in order to remain active.

    • Regular Member (Renewal) - $50
    • Student Member (Renewal) - $30
    • Regular Member (New) - $75
    • Student Member (New) - $55
    • Life Member - $1000

    CONFERENCE FEES

    • Regular Member - $100
    • Regular Africa – $70
    • Student Member - $50
    • Life Member - $100
    • Non-Member - $120

    CONTACT ISA

    The Director,
    Igbo Studies Association Secretariat & Center for Igbo Studies
    Fine Arts Building, Room # 321
    Dominican University
    7900 W. Division Street
    River Forest, IL 60305 USA
    Telephone: (708) 488-5302

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