INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Language, Literature and Ecoculture

Faculty of Arts, University of Buea
23-25 July 2014

“… the culture of nature –  the ways we think, teach, talk about, and construct the natural world – is as important a terrain for struggle as the land itself.”   (Alexander Wilson)

In the global economy, human cultures continue to shape and to be shaped by ecosystems through the process of modification and commodification of the environment. The dramatic worldwide decline in natural and cultural capital is an indication that ecological systems are becoming more vulnerable. In the intellectual domain, environmental sub-disciplines have emerged with a focus on how to seek solutions for the preservation and maintenance of social-ecological systems. Ecoculture informs and is informed by the body of eco-discourses that seek to preserve the connections between knowledge (local and scientific), nature and culture.  This conference seeks to generate challenging discussions on how cultural and natural processes inform, shape, shift and/or construct perceptions of and actions toward nature. Subthemes include but are not limited to:

Ecoculture Communication
Ecoculture and Ecocriticism
Ecoculture and Language Change
Eco-sustainability,
Eco-Self sufficiency,
Ecocultural Ethics
Ecocultural Symbolism
Eco-Connections (Lost)
Nature and Culture
Ecosystem and Human System
Ecoculture and Literary Creativity

Proposals for 20 minutes presentations and 1-hour plenary sessions are welcomed. Abstracts of 250 words in Ms Word format (Times New Roman, Font Size 12) should be submitted to: conference@cella-cameroon.org

MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Opening ceremony
Keynote Address(es)
KITAL 2014 Presentations
Plenary and Parallel sessions
Cultural Night
Closing Ceremony


REGISTRATION FEE
Scholars (Cameroon): 20.000frs
Students (Cameroon): 10.000frs

 Scholars (International): $ 100.00
Students (International): $ 50.00

• Registration fee includes breakfast, complimentary lunch, and conference material
• Registration fee does not include accommodation.


IMPORTANT DATES
Call for Papers: January 2013
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9th June 2014
Notification of selected abstracts: 30th June 2014
Registration Deadline: 30th June 2014


KEY RESOURCE PERSONS
Professor Nol Alembong, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Buea
Professor Shadrach Ambanason, University of Bamenda
Professor John Nkemngong Nkengasong, University of Yaounde 1
Dr. Oscar Labang, American Institute of Cameroon, Missouri USA
Dr. Hans Fonka, PK Fokam Institute of Excellence, Yaounde
Dr. Eunice Fombele, University of Buea
Ms Louisa Lum, University of Douala

Organizer: 
Dr Oscar C. Labang
Chair, Cameroon English Language and Literature Association

Convener
Professor Nalova Lyonga

Vice Chancellor, University of Buea

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013


“LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES”
20 – 21 June 2013
Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC) – Bamenda

The nature of contemporary/global problems necessitates solutions that integrate knowledge and methodologies from distinct disciplines. Interdisciplinary perspectives to the interpretation, teaching and study of literature and language create avenues for critics, teachers and students to synthesize more than one discipline, and enrich the overall educational experience. The pedagogy of traditional methodologies encourages concentration on only one discipline; but the dynamism in the availability and flow of information in the age of technology requires an eclectic approach. While proponents of interdisciplinarity argue that it expands understanding and achievement between all disciplines, critics argue that it leads to integration confusion.

This conference is interested in papers that integrate other disciplines in the analysis of literature and language. Proposals for 20 minutes presentations and 1-hour plenary sessions are welcomed. Abstracts MUST show how the paper will critically link or integrate insights/methodologies from two or more disciplines. Sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

Literature, Language and Environment
Literature, Language and Religion
Literature, Language and Human Rights
Literature, Language and Leadership
Literature, Language and Ethics
Literature, Language and Law
Literature, Language and Sociology
Literature, Language and Philosophy
Literature, Language and Politics
Literature, Language and Marketing
Literature, Language and Publishing
Literature, Language and Psychology
Literature, Language and Nationhood

Abstracts of 250 words in Ms Word format (Times New Roman, Font Size 12) should be submitted to: conference2013@cella-cameroon.org

Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of the CELLA journal - JELLiC: Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture


MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Opening ceremony
Keynote Address(es)
Plenary and Parallel sessions
Cultural Night
Closing ceremony


REGISTRATION FEE
Research Scholars/Academicians (Cameroon): 10.000frs
Research Students (Cameroon): 5.000frs

Research Scholars/Academicians (International): $ 100.00
Research Students (International): $ 50.00

• Registration fee includes logistics breakfast, complimentary lunch, and refreshment
• Registration fee does not include accommodation.


IMPORTANT DATES
Call for Papers: December 2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15th April 2013
Notification of selected abstracts: 15th May 2013
Registration Deadline: 31st May 2013


KEY RESOURCE PERSONS
Fr. Michael Suh Niba (Associate Prof.) – Bamenda, Cameroon
Ibrahim Tala Kashim (Emeritus Prof.) – Buea, Cameroon
Nol Alembong (Prof.) – Buea, Cameroon
Shadrach Ambanason (Prof.) – Bambili, Cameroon
John Nkemngong Nkengasong (Associate Prof.)
Hans Fonka (PhD) – Yaounde, Cameroon
Oscar Labang (PhD) – Missouri, USA


Convener
Fr. Michael Suh Niba
Associate Professor
Vice-Chancellor, Catholic University of Cameroon