Call for Papers: The Lagos Studies Association Conference, June 2019, Nigeria (Deadline for abstracts: 15 December)

We are delighted to share this call for papers for the 4th edition of The Lagos Studies Association (LSA) annual Conference in June 27-29, 2019

‘Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos’
June 2019
in Lagos, Nigeria

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.


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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. LSA is interested in new ideas that challenge existing paradigms while presenting significant possibilities for Lagos Studies. You are being invited to send presentations that compel rethinking about 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, proposals for panels, round-tables, and workshops are invited from academic and non-academic practitioners of Lagos Studies across fields and disciplines. Scholars working on other African and Nigerian cities are also invited to submit in order to better place the intersections of the local and the global in regional and pan-African perspectives.

Subthemes include but 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


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.

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance of abstract by December 31, 2018.

Please send to 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.


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2 replies

  1. i was at ds 2019 conference and my salute to the academic community represented therein. Now that the military and police have universities, NDA,kaduna and NPA kano.Send hard copies to the commandants so our reseachers in such realms will not be cut off. They certainly have something to offer us at such academic brainstorming.


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