International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

28 Jan


International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics: Implications for Peace-building and Sustainable Development: 28-30 April 2015, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.

The Africa Regional Programme of the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) in collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems (University of KwaZulu Natal) and the University of Rwanda (Rwanda).

Conference Sub-themes
• Environmental governance and implications for Peace, Justice and Human Rights
• Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics in the Context of Educational Transformation,
• Rural Development and Sustainable Livelihood
• Communication, Indigenous Languages and Power Relations
• Human Rights, Environmental Ethics and Peace-building
• Science and Technological Development: Implications on Environmental Ethics
• Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Climate Change and Food Security Systems: Implications on Environmental Ethics.
• Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Gender and Environmental Ethics: Implications on Peace-Building, Human Rights and Sustainable livelihood.
• Environmental Ethics: Implications on Global Health

Submission Dates
• Submission of draft papers: Friday, 06 March 2015
• Inform the selected papers: Friday, 13 March 2015
• Submission of final papers by : Friday, 10 April, 2015

Who Should Attend?
• Researchers
• Academics
• Postgraduate students
• Managers and policy-makers in Government, Inter-governmental and Non-governmental Organizations
• Research administrators
• Staff of Research Councils and Agencies
• Government Stakeholders
• NGOs
• Indigenous Knowledge holders and practitioners
• Development Agencies
• Private Sector
• Civic Organizations including the youth, women and disabled

Paper Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be written in British English. Manuscripts submitted in American English will be edited for consistency.

Finished manuscripts should be between 6.000-7.000 words, including references. This will be somewhere between 20-25 single-sided, double-spaced manuscript pages. Papers exceeding 7.000 words will be edited for length.

For notes and references, use the short-title system (not the author-date system) as per Butcher’s Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for editors, Copy-editors and proof readers, 4th edn (2006).
• Atiyah, PS, The Damages Lottery (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 1997)
• Atiyah, PS, ‘Personal Injuries in the Twenty-First Century: Thinking the Unthinkable’ in P Birks (ed), Wrongs and Remedies in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996) 5–38

Suggested Paper Outline
While the content and purpose of the chapter will ultimately dictate the arrangement of the material, we offer the following paper structure as a starting place. Keep this and any specific requests from the conference organizers in mind as you draft the paper.
 Abstract – 150-200 words.
 Introduction and paper “map.” A brief overview of the paper, its theme, and purpose.
 Development of your topic. What are the primary or related issues? Why is this topic important? Include historical or theoretical background or reference current debate, if relevant.
 Current or proposed solutions. Examples of model practice, ideas, or programs. Practical ideas that can be implemented on other areas are especially helpful.
 Conclusions and recommendations to readers.

Tables, Figures, Appendices

In some cases, you may find that tables, figures, or appendices are needed to fully develop a topic or make it more accessible to the reader. However the use of tables and figures should be limited. All tables, figures, and appendices should be appropriately referenced in the text and submitted with the manuscript for editorial review. While tables and figures may be embedded in the text, they should also be sent as separate files in the program in which they were created (e.g., Excel) so that they can be reformatted, if necessary, during the final production process.

Quotes and Extracts
All material taken from previously published sources—whether quoted directly or paraphrased—should be appropriately cited in the text and be accompanied by a corresponding citation in the reference list. Quotes of more than 40 words are treated as blocks. Extracts of 300 words or more require the permission of the copyright holder to be included.
Similarly, figures or tables that are reprinted from previously published work require the permission of the copyright holder to be included. You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions for such material.

Authors should include full names, brief biography (with institutional affiliation, and contact details, including mailing address and telephone number.
The editors reserve the right to alter all manuscripts to conform to the guidelines to improve accuracy, eliminate mistakes and ambiguity, and to bring the manuscript in line with the tenets of plain English language.

For submissions and any clarifications please refer to any of the following contact persons:

1. Dr Mayashree Chinsamy –
2. Dr Chika Ezeanya –
3. Ms Tsega Desta –


Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Essays


6 responses to “International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

  1. Zubeida Jaffer

    January 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Dear Chika,

    I am keen to Skype with you early next week. Would this be possible? I am the publisher of two websites. and

    I am keen for you to be a columnist for us. I especially loved your piece posted on 26 January, on my birthday. I would like to speak with you about coverage of the conference in Durban and how we can cooperate. We are trying to build an authentic African institution that can link university students, journalists and thoughtful Africans across the contingent. We have started in South Africa but would like to launch THE JOURNALIST East Africa, West Africa and North Africa. I would love to talk to you about this.

    All the best.

    Zubeida Jaffer

  2. Mpozi

    January 31, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Dear Chika I want to attend this conference for sure. The government is in the process of implementing a small scale fisheries policy that will see people that were disposed by the apartheid regime near coast lines denied access to fish. I perhaps should put a paper around the rural development and livelihoods focusing on food security. Thanks for sending me the information. Do you perhaps have a draft program yet? Interesting I worked for NRF previously

    • Mthandazo Khumalo

      March 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Iwould love to attend this conference because my Masters thesis is on Indigenous Knowledge Systems .It will definitely help me a great deal in producing a tentative thesis, not to mention ,reliability and validity of data during my field work .Thanks God.

    • chikaforafrica

      August 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Greetings, Mpozi. I hope all is coming along well with your work.

  3. Igwebuike

    March 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Too late for me to send in a Paper. I guess I did not get here early enough! Keep it up, Chika!!!

    • chikaforafrica

      August 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Next time, then. I am sure there will soon be another opportunity for you.


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