SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

7th Annual International Igbo Conference 2018: Memory, Culture and Community: Remembering the past, Imagining the future

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Ms. Chimamanda Adichie, Professor Osita Okagbue, Professor Paul Basu , Ms Ego Ahaiwe, Mr Nathan Richards, Ms. Kelly Foster, Mr Brian Ezeike, Ms. Vivian Ogbonna, Mr Emeka Ed Keazor, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor

Date: 21 April 2018Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 21 April 2018Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

This one-day international conference will provide a platform to discuss Igbo heritage studies and modes of documenting the past. The ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference seeks to promote the creation, management and use of records and archives, highlighting the need to preserve the archival heritage of people of Igbo descent around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research and ideas. During the course of the day, the conference will put on a series of workshops which will provide members of the public the skills to compile and collate content on Igbo culture and heritage through the medium of film, photography, oral history and writing.

The central output of the conference will be the development of an online Igbo digital archive through harnessing the knowledge and cultural resources of the community.

The last conference was held in 2017 with the guiding theme ‘Legacies of Biafra: Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra war 50 years on’, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war. The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference launched the “Know Your History” initiative which seeks to create physical and digital spaces for learning and knowledge exchange centring on Igbo history, whilst also serving the development and population of the digital Igbo studies archive.

The speakers for the ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference include

Ms. Chimamanda Adichie . Professor Osita Okagbue . Professor Paul Basu . Ms Ego Ahaiwe . Mr Nathan Richards . Ms. Kelly Foster . Mr Brian Ezeike . Ms. Vivian Ogbonna . Mr Emeka Ed Keazor.
Award winning Filmmaker Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor will return to the Igbo Conference to screen her latest film: Harvest of Pride: Iri Ji. This feature length documentary centres on the significance of the New Yam Festival in Igboland. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with Ujuaku and a discussion on the way they have approached the documenting of the most famous annual event in Igboland.

A video trailer of this documentary can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKwJoTEMcyA

Conference Schedule

9:30     Registration

10:00   Parallel Workshops:

How to record audio interviews with your Smartphone (by Ekene Oboko)

How to shoot professional quality video with your Smartphone (by Ujuaku Akukwe- Nwakalor)

How to take professional photos with your Smartphone (by Sarah Nwafor)

10:40   Parallel Workshops:

How to record audio interviews with your Smartphone (by Ekene Oboko)

How to shoot professional quality video with your Smartphone (by Ujuaku Akukwe- Nwakalor)

How to take professional photos with your Smartphone (by Sarah Nwafor)

11:20   Parallel Workshops:

How to record audio interviews with your Smartphone (by Ekene Oboko)

How to shoot professional quality video with your Smartphone (by Ujuaku Akukwe- Nwakalor)

How to take professional photos with your Smartphone (by Sarah Nwafor)

12:10   Conference Welcome Address

12:20   Launch of the Igbo Studies Archive

12:30   Keynote: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Title TBC

13:30  Lunch

14:30 Keynote: Osita Okagbue (Goldsmiths, University of London), ‘Playing With Our Ancestors: Culture and Communal Memory in Igbo Masquerade Theatre’

15:30 Roundtable: Transmitting and Archiving Memories of Igbo Communities, featuring Nathan Richards (Sussex), Kelly Foster, Ego Ahaiwe

16:30  Break

17:00 Featured Speaker: Paul Basu (SOAS) ‘[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Anthropology and its Archival Legacies in the Present’

17:45 Roundtable: Recording Igbo Histories: Past, Present and Future featuring Emeka Keazor, Vivian Ogbonna, Brian Ezeike

18:45 Film Premiere: Screening of ‘Harvest of Pride: Iri Ji Ndi-Igbo’ followed by a Q&A with the director Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor

19:45   Conference Closing Remarks

  

To get Tickets for this conference, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-7th-igbo-conference- memory-culture-community-tickets-42433226924

For more info please contact le7@soas.ac.uk or info@igboconference.com

Contact email: le7@soas.ac.uk, info@igboconference.com