5th PrAN 2022 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

2 – 5 May, 2022

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA

 

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This conference will explore the practice of (mis)representing ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, political and corporate entities and interests in public discourses, and the effect it may have on (mis/dis)informing the public. It is interested in bringing together local and international scholars from diverse disciplines to investigate the role (mis)representation plays as a resource for motivating, justifying and rationalising accurate judgement, stereotypes, social discrimination, political marginalisation, hate discourses and violence. This role raises the following questions: What constitutes representation or misrepresentation in human communication? Why is (mis)representation engaged in public discourses? How is (mis)representation constructed and disseminated?

These questions evoke the influences of global and local contexts which, of necessity, latch on to the nurture of (mis)representation discourse and which inform not only the choice of the subject matters but also the linguistic, stylistic, literary and discourse resources that are deployed by different categories of communicators to construct goal-oriented realities. These realities, which may or may not be the actual pictures of shared societal experiences, are perceived or co-constructed by communicators and their recipients as correct or wrong slices of the experiences depending strictly on users’ and/or interpreters’ goals, doxas and constraints.

This conference, keeping the discourse of (mis)representation in broad pragmatic perspective, seeks to x-ray different context-suggestive angles to the human communication that give attention to information (re)construction, delivery and manipulation in Africa and beyond with a view to launching interventions into scientific research, social life in general, religion, politics and sundry other aspects of life impacted by information dissemination. Scholars and (post-graduate) students are therefore invited to submit abstracts and panel proposals on the following topics and any others that are pragmatically relevant:

  1. Theories of pragmatics and (mis)representation in communication
  2. (Mis)representation and hate discourse
  3. (Mis/dis)information, (mis)representation and Coronavirus/Covid-19
  4. Distribution, circulation and instrumentalisation of (mis)representation
  5. Linguistic and non-linguistic strategies of (mis)representation and (mis/dis)information
  6. Memory and persistence of (mis)representation and (mis/dis)information
  7. (Mis)representation of gender, identity and culture
  8. (Mis)representation in literature and the media
  9. Fake news and rumour in natural and media discourses
  10. Humour and (mis)representation
  11. Mimesis and (mis)representation
  12. Metaphor and (mis)representation
  13. Praxiology and (mis)communication/representation
  14. Multi-sidedness in literary expression
  15. Creativity and (mis)representation
  16. (Mis)representation in medical discourse
  17. (Mis)representation in religious, cultural and commercial discourses
  18. (Mis)representation in legal and judicial contexts
  19. (Mis)representation in theatrical and filmic discourses
  20. Proverbial (mis)representation in human communication
CONFERENCE FEES:

Professional (Registered) Members

Early Bird: N10,000.00

On site:    N15,000.00

Foreign:     $75.00

 

Associate Members

Early Bird: N5,500.00

On site: N7,500.00

 

Non-Members

Early Bird: N15,000.00

On site:    N25,000.00

Foreign:     $90.00

 

Postgraduate students

MA

Early Bird: N5,500.00

On site:    N7,500.00

 

Doctoral (MPhil/MPhil-PhD/PhD)

Early Bird: N6,500.00

On site:    N10,000.00

Foreign:     $20.00

 

Other students (undergraduates, sub-degree, etc)

Early Bird: N2,000.00

On site:    N2,500.00

Foreign:     $10.00

PAYMENTS:

English Department Conference Account,

Fidelity Bank Plc: 6060288780

All soft copies of receipts or tellers should be sent on WhatsApp to +2348033430659 or chuka.ononye@unn.edu.ng

Note:

The deadline for Early Bird registration is 7 March, 2022. Foreign participants who wish to take advantage of early bird registration should contact the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee or the National President of PrAN (president@pragmaticsng.org or papaabnm2@gmail.com).

 

PRE-CONFERENCE SYMPOSIUM:

Topic: Theories of Pragmatics and Covid-19 Discourses

Discussants:

Prof. Olatunde Ayodabo, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo

Dr. Pius Akhimien, Lagos State University, Ojo

Prof. Eno Nta, University of Calabar, Calabar

Prof. Nicholas Akwanya, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

WORKSHOP SESSIONS:

WORKSHOP: Four workshop categories (see below) will engage the topics below in scheduled training and brainstorming sessions. As a tradition, PrAN organises the sessions as an effort in mentoring and capacity building. While the undergraduate groups are taught the pragmatic concepts selected for a conference, are examined on them and encouraged with best-five performing participant awards, the other groups brainstorm the chosen topics in terms of conceptualisation, theorisation and application.

 

Overall Coordinators

Dr. Romanus Aboh, University of Calabar, Calabar

Dr. Yunana Ahmed, Gombe State University, Gombe

 

Undergraduate Group

Topic:             Metapragmatics

Coordinators: Dr. Funke Oni, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina

Dr. Bibian Ugoala, National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

Dr. Kingsley Ugwuanyi, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

WORKSHOP GROUPS:

Starter Group (graduate assistants, assistant lecturers and equivalence)

Topic:             Doxas and Utterance Meaning

Coordinators: Dr. Moses Melefa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Dr. Simeon Ajiboye, Bowen University, Iwo

Dr. Celestina Predia Kekai, Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko

 

Intermediate Group (lecturers II, I and equivalence)

Topic:             Doxas and Utterance Meaning

Coordinator:    Dr. Christabel Onyema, Imo State University, Owerri

Dr. Goodluck Kadiri, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

 

Advanced Group (senior lecturers and associate professors & full professors)

Topic:             Doxas and Utterance Meaning

Coordinator:    Professor Gbenga Ibileye, Federal University, Lokoja

Dr. Steve Bode Ekundayo, University of Benin, Benin City

 

Special Interest Groups and Interactive Sessions (with research students)

Coordinators: Professor Niyi Osunbade, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho; Dr. Felix Ogoanah, University of Benin, Benin City

  1. WORKSHOP ORGANISERS:

    LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE (LOC)

    LOC Chairperson

    Dr. Chuka F. Ononye

    Department of English and Literary Studies

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

    chuka.ononye@unn.edu.ng

    +2348033430659

     

    LOC Secretary

    Sr. Dr. Mary J. N. Okolie

    Department of English and Literary Studies

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

    mary.okolie@unn.edu.ng

    +2348038826565

     

    NATIONAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE (NOC)

    Prof. Sola Babatunde & Prof. Olatunde Ayodabo (Co-chairs)

    University of Ilorin, Ilorin & Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo

     

    Prof. Akin Odebunmi (Member)

    University of Ibadan, Ibadan

     

    Prof. Diri Teilanyo (Member)

    University of Benin, Benin City

     

    Dr. Rosarri Mbisike (Member)

    Lagos State University, Ojo

     

    Dr Abayomi Ayansola (Member)

    C/o: University of Benin, Benin City

     

    Dr Butari Nahum (Member)

    Kaduna State University, Kaduna

     

    Dr. Grace Olutayo (Member)

    Bowen University, Iwo

     

    Oluwatoyin Deborah Olatunji (Secretary)

    University of Benin, Benin City

     

    CONVENER:

    Prof. Sam Onuigbo

    Head, Department of English and Literary Studies

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

     

    INSTITUTIONAL HOST:    

    Prof. B.M. Onyemaechi Mbah, Esq.

    Dean, Faculty of Arts

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

     

    ASSOCIATIONAL/NATIONAL HOST:     

    Prof. Akin Odebunmi

    President, Pragmatics Association of Nigeria

    CHIEF HOST:

    Prof. Charles A. Igwe

    Vice-Chancellor

    University of Nigeria, Nigeria

ACCOMMODATION:

Contacts:

Dr. Isaiah Agbo

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

08036998213

 

Mrs. Abiola Oladipo-Gboyega

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

09053888775

 

Mr. Ogochukwu Ukwueze

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

080131065321

 

The following facilities are available for booking preferably before the conference commences:

Name of Hotel Price Range (Naira) Distance (km) to Venue
Onion Spring 3,500 — 5,000 1.5
Elrina Guest House 3,500 — 6,000 1.2
Lavie 4,000 — 5,000 1
New Carolina 4,000 — 6,000 1
Grace Manor 5,000 — 25,000 on campus
Seenew Hotel 5,500 — 40,000 1.5
Asabana Hotels 6,000 — 15,000 1.5
UNGEL UNN Guest House (CEC) 6,250 —12,050 on campus
NCERD (Energy Centre) Guest House 7,000 — 10,000 on campus
Old Carolina 7,000 — 30,000 1
Kennan Lodge 8,000 — 20,000 1.5
Golden Valley Hotel & Suite 10,000 — 40,000 1.5
Jerry Marriot Hotel 10,000 — 40,000 1.5
Jucony 10,000 — 40,000 1.5
Ikenga Hotel 12,000 — 30,000 1.5

 

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