Nigerian Oral Literature Association (NOLA) 5TH Conference, November 1 – 4, 2017


Host: University of Ibadan, Ibadan

Theme: Performance, Popular Arts and the New Media

Keynote Speaker: Professor Hygenus EKWUAZI
University of Ibadan, Ibadan

Lead Paper Presenters:

 Professor Leticia Mbaiver NYITSEBenue State University, Makurdi
 Professor Ahmed YERIMA, Redeemer’s University, Ede
 Professor Nkem OKOH, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt

Call for Papers/Panels:

For its 5th Conference the Nigerian Oral Literature Association (NOLA) invites panels and paper presentations on the theme with particular reference to Nigeria and its Diaspora communities. Oral literature lives in performance and, by performance, we mean oral literary expressions rendered through various verbal and paralinguistic resources. For this reason, performance is foregrounded and significant in any discourse of oral literature. The 5th Conference seeks to examine the significance of performance in oral literature in a manner that goes beyond a mere matter of definition because the nature of the performance itself can make an important contribution to the impact of the expression. Acoustic, visual, and kinetic aspects are constituent elements of every performance of a work of oral literature.Performance includes the nature of the audience, the context of the performance, the personality of the artist, and media of rendition, presentation,and transmission.The Conference will also focus on the growing genres and traditions of popular arts generated and influenced by advances in new media of communication.Karin Barber describes popular arts as “the large class of new unofficial art forms which are syncretic, concerned with social change and associated with the masses”. In this regard, popular music is the most protean and adaptable to diverse and multi-lingual audiences. There are hybrid forms of urban and street narratives, radio and television presentations, drama, stand-up comedy, comics,cartoon stories, travel stories, dances, jokes, banter, and varieties of entertainment. Performance and the popular arts are being transformed through globalisation and the technology of communication.

The invention and use of the Internet,wireless networks, mobile devices, various social media platforms, and other electronic media have changed oral creativity and performance, enabling millions of people to be connected, educated and entertained at all times. The new media formats include social network sites, blogs, chatrooms, podcasts,augmented reality shows, avatars, personal web pages, multiplier online services, virtual social worlds, teletubing, multi-media editing, e-literature, etc.

The Conference Organising Committee invites papers and panels from several academic disciplines including literature, folklore, history, theatre, drama, linguistics/languages, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies,media studies, popular culture, performance studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, ethnography, visual and creative arts, etc. that will engage and interrogate the ways in which performance and the popular arts intertwine with the new media to influence cultural productions.Sub-Themes:

 Popular Music and the New Media Performance, Oral Literature and the New Media
 Festivals, Popular Arts and the New Media
 Performance Arts and the Mass Media
 Performance Arts, New Media and Education
 Drama, Theatre, and the New Media
 Performance Arts, Film, and Nollywood/Movie Traditions
 Performance Arts, Stand-Up Comedy and the New Media
 Dance, Mime and Popular Arts
 Languages, Linguistics, and the New Media
 Performance Arts, Religion, Philosophy and the New Media
 Visual/Creative Arts and the New Media
 Children, Cartoon Stories, Comics, Animation Arts
 History, Anthropology, and the New Media
 Gender, Performance Arts, and the New Media
 Popular Arts and Entrepreneurship
 Performance Arts, New Media and Governance
 New Media, Human Rights, Crime and Security
 Globalisation, Performance Arts and the New Media.

Proposed papers and panels should have clearly defined thesis, show familiarity with research trends, and address the Conference theme. Abstracts of no more than 250 words, bearing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and brief bio note should be sent to: Not later than 20th October, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be sent with effect from that date. Registration Fee: N10,000, Postgraduate Students, N5,000, NOLA Membership Dues N10,000

Professor G. G. Darah (NOLA President, Convener),

Prof. Ademola Dasylva(Chair, Conference Organising Committee)Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, 08023504755;

For further details, contact:

Dr. Mark Osama Ighile (NOLA Administrative Secretary) Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, 08023445151; Peter Omoko

(NOLA Membership Secretary)Delta State College of Education, Mosogar 07034711220,



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