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Performing Postproverbials: Transformations and Modernities in African Studies 

Date: June 19 – 22, 2019

Venue: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

The Organizing Committee, Department of English, University of Ibadan, in conjunction with the PACE Research Network, hereby invites submissions of abstracts for participation in an international conference on the oral poetics, discourse and interpretations of postproverbials as cultural materials which are produced in various media and disciplines across the African continent.

Postproverbials are oppositions, sometimes, parallel subversions to given traditional proverbs. They exist through acts of rupture and suture, or precisely by means of the dual acts of disassemblage and reassemblage. As speech acts, they are performed deliberately or inadvertently, in linguistic events, politics, popular culture, economics, architecture, literary forms, media and other disciplines.

We are interested in other interventions on the artistic and verbal phenomenon with the implications of its production for language, culture, psychology and identity among others. Areas for paper and poster presentations are not limited to the following sub-themes:


  • Proverbial Continuities and Discontinuities
  • Postproverbiality in African Languages
  • Concepts, Contexts and Categories of Proverb Transformations
  • Orality, New Orality and Postproverbial Work
  • Postproverbials and Notions of Agency 
  • Fieldwork in Postproverbial Studies
  • Postproverbiality, Cultural Identity and Hybridity
  • Deconstructive Strategies in Postproverbials
  • Postproverbials, Syncreticism in Religious Studies
  • Postmodernism and Postproverbials in Postcolonial Africa
  • Postproverbials and Popular Culture
  • Postproverbials and the City
  • Postproverbiality in Gender Discourse 
  • Translation Studies in Postproverbiality
  • Postproverbiality and Performance
  • Productions of Postproverbials in Music
  • Postproverbials in African Movies
  • Postproverbials and Anti-Proverbs
  • Postproverbials and Rhetoric
  • Postproverbials and Discourse Analysis
  • Postproverbials and Stylistics
  • Postproverbials and Pragmatics
  • Postproverbials and Speech Act Theory
  • Values and Functions of Postproverbiality
  • How to Do Things with Postproverbials

Participation and submission of abstracts

This conference is open to scholars and graduate students in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, literature, sociology, communication and media, cultural studies, performance, political science and other related disciplines. For paper presentations, panels, roundtables and posters, participants should send abstracts (not more than 250 words), indicating names, institutions/organisations, email addresses and telephone numbers.

Please mail abstracts and proposals to and, on or before December 15, 2018.

Deadline for panel proposals: December 18, 2018.

Registration fee

Scholars based outside Africa: $120

Africa-based scholars: $50/N20,000

Students: $15/N5,000

Registration fee covers provision of conference materials, tea breaks and lunch, and admission into evening of cultural performance. Please note that registration fee does not cover accommodation.

Notification for payment of registration fee will be made on confirmation of acceptance of abstract. Late registration fee of $10/N5,000 will be charged after the close of deadline for payment.

A pre-conference workshop on grant writing and fellowship opportunities is planned to hold on June 18, 2019. Further information on the workshop will be provided in due course.

Schedule of Activities

Deadline of Abstract Submission                      December 15, 2018

Deadline for Panel Proposals                            December 18, 2018

Final Notice of Acceptance of Abstracts            December 21, 2018

Deadline for Payment for Registration               April 10, 2019

Pre-conference Workshop                              June 18, 2019

Conference (arrival-departure)                       June 19-22, 2019

Post-conference (paper submission)                 July 31, 2019


A list of hotels for on-campus accommodation during the conference includes UI Hotels, UI Alumni Centre, Adebayo Akande Hall, Otunba Olatunde Runsewe, and the Senior Staff Club Guest House, UI. (Local rate for lodging ranges from N7,000 to N20,000 per night).  

Local Organising Committee

Prof. Ayo Kehinde

Prof. Akin Odebunmi

Prof. Tayo Lamidi

Prof. Toyin Jegede

Dr. Doyin Aguoru

Dr. Charles Akinsete

Dr. Bunmi Oyemade

Akin Tella

Steve Boluwaduro

Jennifer Umezinwa

For further enquiries, please contact:


Prof. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade

Department of English

University of Ibadan

Ibadan, Nigeria.


Prof. Ayo Ogunsiji


Department of English

University of Ibadan

Ibadan, Nigeria.

*PACE, an acronym for Postproverbials in African Cultural Expressions,is a project supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Award for Networking Initiatives.

Published on:: 
October 23, 2018