Liberian Studies Association 49th annual Conference Call for Proposals

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Governance, Institutional Quality And Elections: Prospects And Challenges For Inclusive Democratic Statebuilding In Liberia

A Press Release Issued By Liberia Studies Association


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
March 18, 2017

                  



 
 
 
 

March 30‐ April 2nd, 2017
Ramapo College of New Jersey

https://www.ramapo.edu/international/lsa‐2017/

Liberia goes to national election (presidential and legislative) October, the third election since the country marked an end to its second civil war in 2003. Since the end of the second civil war, the country has been seized with a development agenda focused on rebuilding institutions that foster trust, reconciliation, inclusion, and social cohesion. Despite some significant gains, Liberia still faces major cultural, economic, security and other challenges due to a widespread feeling of exclusion from and distrust in the current state building process, suggesting a state building process that is laden with polarized identities and competing perceptions of governance among the population. In addition, the performance of its major institutions continues to exude weaknesses and ineffectiveness in delivering on the promises of its development agenda. This situation has implications for the country’s ability to sustain a state building agenda that is inclusive and resilient in the wake of and beyond the 2017 election.

The Liberian Studies Association (LSA), the largest body of scholars working on Liberia, invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables related to theme and subthemes of its 49th Annual Meeting scheduled to take place at Ramapo College of New Jersey from March 30th – April 2nd, 2017. Theoretical and empirical papers, action research and case studies on the above theme and
subthemes using a range of scholarly approaches including qualitative, quantitative and critical methods with data‐driven conclusions are welcomed. Subthemes:

·      CORRUPTION, TERRORISM AND POVERTY AS IMPEDIMENTS TO STATEBUILDING.
·      EDUCATION AND DEMOCRATIC STATEBUILDING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.
·      EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE AND RESISTANCE TO DICTATORSHIPS: LESSONS FROM HISTORY.
·      FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
·     GENDER EQUITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION.
·      GLOBALIZATION, INCOME INEQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA.
·      INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN WEST AFRIECA.
·      IMPACTS OF HEALTH SYSTEMS ON DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS: LESSONS FROM THE EBOLA CRISES IN THE MRU.
·      NATIONAL IMMAGES AND UNITY IS POST‐WAR STATEBUILDING.
·     US FOREIGN POLICY AND DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA.

The proposal must include the name, title, and institutional or organizational affiliation and full contact details of the person or persons submitting the abstract. All proposals should be no longer than   300   words,   contain   five   key   words,   and   sent   to   samwaijohnson@gmail.com  or jsb25@cornell.edu. All abstracts will be sent to the LSA Abstract Committee for final approval. The deadline for submission is March 12, 2017.

The Liberian Studies Association (LSA) publishes the LSA Journal. Its editors will attend the conference and will consider excellent papers presented at the 49th annual conference for publication in the next edition of LSA Journal.

Conference Registration:
In order to plan appropriately for catering, pre‐registration is mandatory. Those who register will be prioritized in catering services. Anyone who does not will be allowed on site registration but will have to seek alternative arrangements for dinning services.
Academics/professionals $100.00
Retirees/community Activists $75.00
Students $50.00
Deadline: March 12, 2017

 


Ernest
Great initiative ,but public awareness is partly crumbsy. How come, announcement published March 18,while deadline for submission of papers and conference registration are March 12...
Ernest at 12:10AM, 2017/03/18.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
"Annual conference to inspire further inquiries and positive actions on the theme of the conference," By inviting as key note speaker an individual who for the past eleven years has been AN AIDER, ACCOMPLICE, ABETER, AND "SUPPORTING CAST" of a government and president who brutally kills its whistle blowers (Cllr. Michael Allison, Harry Greaves Jr.) and uses imprisoned pregnant women (Victoria Zazay) for ritual! What a shame LSA!

You people would do well not to be blinded By people´s position or academic credentials and choose such law breakers and corrupt individuals as Amos Sawyer who violated the constitution and stole power in 1990 while the Vice President was still alive mentally strong ad very capable to lead as required and authorized By the constitution.


Taking Sawyer´s record into account for the past eleven years or in 1990, he is not fit to speak on Governance, Institutional Quality and Elections!!!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 07:03AM, 2017/03/18.
S Horton
This foreign directed institution continues its ignoble tradition of neocolonial thought.
S Horton at 07:41AM, 2017/03/19.
S Horton
This foreign directed institution continues its ignoble tradition of neocolonialist thought.
S Horton at 07:43AM, 2017/03/19.
Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses
From the building of the pyramids to sending man on the moon, about five percent of each challenge was the strategy, and ninety – five percent, or thereabouts, the execution. Sadly, in Liberia, that standard has been turned on its head. We have elevated tokenism to an art form. Consequently, in spite of vast natural resources and some of the continent’s best and brightest, our country is still stuck in stupendous backwardness.
Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses at 06:03AM, 2017/03/20.

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