Sudden and (un)foreseen human and natural exigencies test the capacities of state institutions on one hand and expose the fragility of social cohesion and individual resilience on the other. Much as advanced countries with functional institutions are able to forecast, as much as possible, and respond to natural and human disasters especially those caused by violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, wars and low-intensity conflicts continue to test the resolve and capacity of stakeholders in the management of disasters and their attendant humanitarian crises across the world.

As a country that is living through complex security challenges that have created series of humanitarian challenges, rethinking and exploring novel means of forecasting and responding to human and natural disasters require putting all hands on deck. Mindful of the gains being recorded in Nigeria’s war against terror and other forms of disasters arising from violence in some parts of the country, taking a holistic and proactive look at disaster management has become imperative.

The Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, considers it timely to create a platform of interaction among scholars, administrators and other critical stakeholders in the management of human and natural disasters, cognisant of the broad ramifications that disasters and emergencies have on state institutions and society as attested to during the Ebola Virus crisis of 2014. This is why the Centre opines that in creating a safer and more secure world, the time for town and gown collaboration and inter-disciplinary cooperation is now.

Flowing from the foregoing, the 5th Biennial International Conference of the Centre is hinged on critically taking a holistic look at existing policies, practices and strategies of managing human and natural disasters in the country.

Submission of papers/abstracts are invited from academics, administrators, civil society and humanitarian actors on any of the following or relevant sub-themes:

  • Conceptual and Epistemological Issues on Human and Natural Disasters
  • Operational, Strategic and Policy Responses to Disasters
  • Inter-agency Collaboration in Forecasting and Responding to Disasters
  • Civil-Military Cooperation in the Management of Disasters
  • Management of Information and Communication before, during and after Disasters
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Post-Disaster Settings
  • Funding, Recovery and Resilience of Disaster-affected Communities
  • Religion and Disaster Management
  • Indigenous Socio-cultural Practices and Approaches to Disaster Prevention and Management
  • ICT in Disaster Prevention and Management
  • Medics and Para-medics in Emergencies
  • The Political-economy of Disaster Management and Recovery
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Disaster Management
  • Language, Culture and Communication in Disaster Management
  • Pharmaceutical Practice and Drug Administration during Disasters and Recovery
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Challenges of Disaster Management
  • International Responses to Disaster Management
  • Disaster, Gender and Food Security
  • NEMA and Disaster Management: Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges
  • Farmers/Herders Conflict and Human Security

Theme: Managing Human and Natural Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges

HOST: Dr Mahfouz A. Adedimeji  Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin

CHIEF HOST: Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Ilorin

Important Dates

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: 30th of October 2017

NOTIFICATION OF THE ACCEPTANCE OF ABSTRACTS: 5th of November, 2017

SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS: 18th of November, 2017

ARRIVAL: 20th of November, 2017

OPENING CEREMONY: 21st of November, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. Prompt

CLOSING CEREMONY: 23rd of November 2017

REGISTRATION FEES:

Paper Presenters:    N15,000

International Participants:  $100

Other Participants: N10,000

All Payments Should Be Made To:

Account Name: Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies

Account Number:  1100024186

Bank Name: Microfinance Bank

Submission Guideline

Full Conference Papers must be submitted in MS Word, Times New Roman, Size 12 Point and not more than 20 pages

Reference Style must be in American Psychological Association (APA) Format

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Ursula Oswald Spring

Secretary-General, International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

All Papers and Enquiries to: cpss@unilorin.edu.ng ||mahfouzade2@gmail.com

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