University of Ibadan 2019 Summer School

University of Ibadan 2019 Summer School

UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN

IBADAN, NIGERIA

2019 SUMMER SCHOOL ON UNDERSTANDING NIGERIAN CULTURES: BELIEF SYSTEMS, IDENTITIES AND IMPLICATIONS

IN CONJUNCTION WITH

THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES

IN CONJUNCTION WITH

THE INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES

AND

DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

The Office of International programmes, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, in conjunction with the Institute of African Studies and the Department of Linguistics and African Languages of University of Ibadan is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019 Summer School on Understanding Nigerian Cultures: Belief Systems, Identities and Implications for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as research scholars, in all subject areas interested in enhancing their understanding of the Nigerian cultures and languages. Against the backdrop of a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the authentic nature of African cultures by many scholars and students across Europe, the US and other parts of the world, the summer school, using Nigeria as a case study, provides an opportunity for a direct experience of some of the key aspects of the diverse cultures of Nigeria. Indeed, Nigeria despite being one of the most diverse in terms of languages and cultures appears to be one of the least understood and studied.

A primary focus of the programme is to expose participants to important aspects of Nigerian cultures and languages in ways that will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Expose participants to the reality of cultural diversity in Nigeria.
  2. Use Nigeria as a canvass to generate sensitivity to diversity and an understanding of homogeneity.
  3. Expose participants to how to allocate, share and negotiate spaces from the perspective of indigenous Nigerian cultures.

In a bid to achieve the above, topics that would be addressed during the summer include:

  • Mask and Masquerade (content, visual and practice),
  • Ifa and Divination (as a scientific element of indigenous culture).
  • Culture of eating
  • Cultural dance
  • Cultural spaces and flows (commonalities and divergences).
  • Diversities of languages and cultures in Nigeria
  • The transverse character of Nigerian cultures and languages beyond the boundaries of Nigeria

The school, to be located on the serene, very hospitable and highly secured campus of University of Ibadan, Ibadan will involve:

  • series of interactive teaching and seminar sessions on traditional Nigerian cultures and languages;
  • demonstrations and performances of some aspects of Nigerian cultures to give participants a first-hand, practical experience of these cultural elements;
  • cultural tours to important cultural shrines in Oshogbo, Ife and Oyo towns;
  • traditional fashion shows to display basic traditional costumes; and
  • showcase of traditional food samples and modes of eating to highlight the implications of these on other aspects of culture in relation to the establishment of solidarity, unity and social order in traditional societies.

Deadline: The deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2019 and should be addressed to Director, Office of International Programmes, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Only electronic submissions to will be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by 31 May 2019. A maximum of 30 participants will be admitted into the 2019 Summer School.

Mode of Application

  1. Kindly fill in and submit the attached application form in MS-word format only.
  2. Write a personal statement in a maximum of 1,500 words (with spaces). This should include your motivation for applying and expected outcome of your participation
  3. Submit a letter of introduction and support from your home institutions.

Duration

The Summer School is scheduled to hold from 19 to 31 August 2019.

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Application Opens: 4th February, 2019
Application Closes: 28th April, 2019

Note: A maximum of 30 participants will be admitted into the 2019 Summer School