The Nigerian Oral Literature Association (NOLA) will, from November 1 through 4, hold its 5th yearly conference at the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State. It has as theme ‘Performance, Popular Arts And The New Media,’ with a professor of film studies, Hygenus Ekwuazi of UI, delivering the keynote address, while lead paper presenters include Professors Leticia Mbaiver (Benue State University, Makurdi), Ahmed Yerima (Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State) and Nkem Okoh (University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State).
The association is calling for paper presentations on the theme with particular reference to Nigeria and its Diaspora communities.According to a statement from the president of the association and folk expert, Prof. Gordini G. Darah, interested persons sending any paper or would wish to be part of a panel should clearly define the thesis, show familiarity with research trends and address the conference theme. Abstracts of not more than 250 words, bearing author’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and brief bio note should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org not later than October 20, while notification of acceptance will be sent with effect from that date.
The statement identified the sub-theme as, Popular Music and the New; Media; Performance, Oral Literature and the New Media; Festivals, Popular Arts and the New Media; Performance Arts and the Mass Media; Performance Arts, New Media and Education; Drama, Theatre, and the New Media; Performance Arts, Film and Nollywood/Movie Traditions.
Others are: Performance Arts, Stand-Up Comedy and the New Media; Dance, Mime and Popular Arts; Languages, Linguistics, and the New Media; Performance Arts, Religion, Philosophy and the New Media; Visual/Creative Arts and the New Media; Children, Cartoon Stories, Comics, Animation Arts; History, Anthropology, and the New Media; Gender, Performance Arts, and the New Media; Popular Arts and Entrepreneurship; Performance Arts, New Media and Governance; New Media, Human Rights, Crime and Security; and Globalisation, Performance Arts and the New Media.
The Conference Organising Committee invites papers and panels from several academic disciplines, including literature, folklore, history, theatre, drama, linguistics/languages, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies, media studies, popular culture, performance studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, ethnography, visual and creative arts, etc. that will engage and interrogate the ways in which performance and the popular arts intertwine with the new media to influence cultural productions.The conference will also focus on the growing genres and traditions of popular arts generated and influenced by advances in new media.