SORAC 2010: Conference Program & Schedule

SORAC 2010 International Conference
Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: History, Myths and Realities
Montclair State University
  

October 7, 8 & 9, 2010  

Conference Program  

Keynote Address 

Conflict Resolution in Africa:
Perspectives for Peace Making and Peace Building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dr. André M. Kapanga
(Former) Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:00pm, Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
Speech Co-Sponsored by the Global Education Center, Montclair State University
 

 
 



(To view or Print PDF Version, Click here: SORAC 2010 Conference Program) 

 (Speakers: please note that your day, room and session time may still change at any time; be sure to print most recent version of the program a day or two before start of conference; last Updated, Oct. 4, 2010) 

  

 Thursday, October 7, 2010  

8:30-9:00am Coffee and Setup – Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall 

9:00-9:30am Welcoming and Opening Remarks – Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall 

-          Luis Montesinos, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
-          Daniel Mengara, Executive Director, SORAC 

9:30am-12:45pm – Opening Plenary Session – Room: Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
Session Chair: Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University
Reshaping Contemporary Discourse on Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa
 

Special Plenary Guest Speech:  

The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War
Ambassador Adonia Ayebare
Director for Africa at the International Peace Institute ( IPI) and (Former) Ambassador of Uganda to the United Nations and Rwanda/Burundi
 

Food for Thought: What Can African Anthropology and Archeology Teach Us About African Ethos on Conflict and Conflict Resolution?
Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University 

The Transitional Role of Women in Conflict Resolution in Africa: A Feminist Perspective
Irene Omolola Adadevoh, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria 

Searching for an African Cosmopolitanism. Lessons from African thinkers in Nineteenth Century West Africa
Esperanza Brizuela Garcia, Montclair State University 

African University: Agent of Change or Systemic Cause of Social Unrest? Pre and Post-Independence Evidence in the DR Congo
Emmanuel Mulumba, Berkeley College/Montclair State University 

12:45-2:00pm Lunch – Faculty Dining Room, Student Center (Buy Your Own) 

  

2:00-5:30pm – Thursday Afternoon Sessions  

2:00-5:30 – Session 1 – Room: 411, Student Center
Session Chair: Esperanza Brizuela Garcia, Montclair State University
Artistic, Cultural and Educational Paradigms in Conflict and Conflict Resolutions 

Ifë-Mædákêkê Conflict resolution in linguistic and cultural perspective
B. Akíntúndé Oyètádé, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Nigerian Women at War, Society and Attainment of Education
Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, Adelphi University  

 Literacy and Socio-Economic Status as Determinants of Conflict Resolution Management Techniques Among the Multi-Ethnic Groups in Nigeria
R. Alaba Adenuga, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria
F. Titilola Adenuga, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, Nigeria
Kolawole Olanrewaju Ayodele, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria  

Beyond Embracing Our Culture: Reforming African Educational Curricula to Meet the Challenges of the Future
Tsegaye Wodajo, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York  

2:00-5:30 – Session 2 – Room: 419, Student Center
Session Chair: Jeff Gatrall, Montclair State University
Theory and Practice in Conflict and Conflict Resolution 

Global chains and human links: proposing a framework for integrating multi-cultural perspectives in human rights organization
Mambo Mupepi, University of Michigan Health System  

The (Re)Location of Theory: Postcolonial Modernism and the Dialectic of Tradition and the West
Hala Ghoneim, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater  

Theorizing Conflict and Conflict Resolution in African Philosophical Discourse
Oladele Abiodun Balogun, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria  

Wars and Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Spiritual Re-Insurance
Chigbo J. Ekwealo, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria  

On the Peace-Building Potential of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa
Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University 

6:00-7:30pm Keynote Address
Room: Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
Conflict Resolution in Africa: Perspectives for Peace Making and Peace Building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dr. André M. Kapanga
Former Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the United Nations, Former Personal Political Advisor to President Joseph Kabila and former Professor of Second Language Acquisition/Francophone Studies, Illinois State University
Speech Co-Sponsored by the Global Education Center, Montclair State University 

  

Friday, October 8, 2010  

8:45am-12:45pm Friday Morning Sessions  

8:45am-12:45pm – Session 3 – Room: Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
Session Chair: Edward Bewayo, Montclair State University
Ancient and Modern Paradigms and Myths in Conflict & Conflict Resolution
 

Beyond Peacekeeping in Africa: Towards Indigenous and Endogenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms
Don John Omale, Salem University, Lokoja, Nigeria  

Traditional and Modern Methods of Conflict Resolution and Transitional Justice in Africa’s Great Lakes
Carla De Ycaza, Center for Global Affairs, New York University  

Origins and Causes of Conflicts in Africa
Agnes Loteta Dimandja, International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES)  

Relating the ‘Numbers Game’ in Pre-Christian/Muslim and Contemporary African Societies in Conflict: Central Nigeria and the use of Volumes as Reasons for Violence
Henry Gyang Mang, University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria  

The Dialectical Explanation for Conflict and Conflict Mediation Failure in Africa: The Ancient Greek Philosophical Solutions
Olugbenga Jay Oguntuwase, University of East London, United Kingdom  

The Role of Asante Traditional Authorities in the Maintenance of Peace in the Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana
Louise Muller, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands  

8:45am-12:45pm – Session 4 – Room: 115, Dickson Hall
Session Chair: Neeraj Vedwan, Montclair State University
Health, Land, Ethnicity and Contemporary Challenges in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
 

Incapacitating first order changes: building a robust health service in Zimbabwe
Mambo Mupepi, University of Michigan Health System
Sylvia C. Mupepi, Grand Valley State University
Kuda Mupepi, Grand Valley State University  

The Challenges and Implications of Yoruba Indigenous Conflict Management System: A Philosophical Consideration
Fayemi Ademola Kazeem, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria  

Trading Peace for Pieces: Why Religion Could Not Stop Kenya’s 2008 Post-Election Violence
Paul Mukundi, Morgan State University  

Land Use Conflicts and the Management of Cultural Landscapes in Africa
Uche E. Ezeadichie, Hostos Community College/City University of New York  

The causes of conflicts in Congo – Brazzaville
Francçois Ibara  

 12:45-2:00pm Lunch – Faculty Dining Room, Student Center (Buy Your Own) 

2:00-5:00pm Friday Afternoon Sessions  

2:00-5:00 – Session 5 – Room: Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
 Session Chair: Peter Siegel, Montclair State University
Case Studies in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
 

The Luba-Luluwa Conflict in the Kasai Province of DRC, 1959-1961
Kalala Ngalamulume, Bryn Mawr College  

Regional Variation of Conflict in Africa: Ghana as a Case
Elizabeth Mensah, Johns Hopkins University  

France in Rwanda 1990-1994: Accomplice in the genocide?
Johanna Quatmann, Maastricht University, Germany  

The role of women in conflict resolution in colonial period: antecedents of self-rule in Zimbabwe
Sylvia C. Mupepi, Grand Valley State University  

2:00-5:00 – Session 6 – Room: 115, Dickson Hall
 Session Chair: Beulah Baker, Taylor University
Artistic, Cultural and Educational Paradigms in Conflict and Conflict Resolutions (Continued)
 

‘Greater Jihad’ and islam in post-independence Tunisia
Mongi Bahloul, University of Sfax, Tunisia  

Memory and Magic Realism as Roads out of Conflict
Beulah Baker, Taylor University  

Conflict Handling Behaviour and Individual Self-Efficiency in Academia: An Empirical Inquiry
Jonathan Chinaka Nwosu, Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria  

Creative Potential and Conflict Resolution
Cheryl Halliburton, Long Island University, C.W. Post  

Conflict and Conflict Resolution in an African Traditional Society: A Historico-Philosophical Perspective
Ebunoluwa Olufemi Oduwole, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria  

  

6:30-11:00pm – Conference Dinner Banquet
Room: Student Center, Student Center
 
(Open to MSU members, but $20 dinner fee applies)

  

 Saturday, October 9, 2010  

Saturday Morning Sessions  

9:00-12:00 – Session 7 – Room: Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
 Session Chair: Daniel Mengara, Montclair State University
Health, Land, Ethnicity and Contemporary Challenges in Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Continued)
 

Conflict Resolution in Contemporary Africa: A Yoruba Perspective
Olanrewaju A. Shitta-Bey, Lagos State University  

Umuleri/Aguleri Fratricidal Wars: Causes and Peace Initiatives
Chigbo J. Ekwealo, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria  

Strengthening the Capacities of Truth Commissions for Democratic Consolidation in Africa
Gbadamosi T. Adeola (Adams), University of Ibadan, Nigeria  

Putting Humanity Before Ethnicity: The Forgotten Path to Peace In Africa
Obang Metho, Solidarity Movement of a New Ethiopia  


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