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3nd Annual Igbo Conference

7 April 2014 Igbo Conference 2014 Schedule (pdf; 772kb)

3rd Annual Igbo Conference
Igbo Heritage: Production, Diffusion and Legacy
2nd-3rd May 2014, SOAS, Brunei Lecture Theatre and Suite

The third annual Igbo Conference will provide a platform to examine various aspects of the Igbo heritage, including but not limited to: Igbo Heritage and the Arts, Food, Diet and Lifestyle, Igbo Heritage in the Diaspora(s), Igbo Spirituality and the Igbo Worldview.

The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels and performances which will include live oja (Igbo flute) music, masquerade, a performance of exerts of a new play and film screenings. There will also be an Igbo Language Master Class (on Friday 2nd at 1pm) and a Natural Hair Care workshop (on Saturday 3rd at 1pm). Workshops are free to attend for registered conference attendees, but as space is limited please email le7@soas.ac.uk to confirm your place.

*Early Bird Discount* available on registration fees until 31st March. To register please visit the Igbo ticket web page here. Please note, registration must be completed online prior to the conference. The conference registration fee will cover conference attendance, conference materials, lunch and refreshments.

Please visit the conference pages here and here for more information. The conference schedule is also attached.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Douglas B. Chambers, Associate Professor in the Department of History, The University of Southern Mississippi. Professor Chambers' research examines ‘Atlantic Africa’ in the era of the transatlantic slave trade, with a focus on the Igbo (Ibo) diaspora. His particular interests are in social and cultural history, including questions of creolization. Professor Chambers' current research centers on the slave trade from the Bight of Biafra in West Africa, ca.1650-1850, and its intersection with the new Atlantic history. His keynote address is entitled 'The Igbo Diaspora in the Era of the Slave Trade: Historical and Cultural Connections'

Featured Speakers:

  • Chike Azuonye (Nigeria Art Society UK) will speak on 'The Relevance of Uli in Contemporary Nigeria Art'
  • Obi Okigbo (Christopher Okigbo Foundation) will be reading from Christopher Okigbo's Labyrinths followed by a discussion on how her father's poetry has influenced her artwork.
  • Emeka Keazor's (Alto Historical Media) presentation is entitled '30 Igbo Pioneers in History'
  • The conference will also screen Obi Emelonye's Igbo language film Onye Ozi, followed by a Q&A with Obi Emelonye (The Nollywood Factory).

Please note that the conference will be filmed.

Enquiries to Louisa Uchum Egbunike le7@soas.ac.uk or info@igboconference.com.