FYI: Call for Papers: Exploring Democracy in Nigeria – Essays on Language and Politics

Exploring ‘Democracy in Nigeria @ 15’: Essays on Language and Politics
Editors: Tunde Opeibi, Segun Awonusi, Josef Schmied and Presley Ifukor

In May 2014, Nigeria celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of uninterrupted practice of civil rule. The event was significant in many  ways. First, it signifies a stabilisation process within the political space despite the various challenges that have bedevilled the fledgling process. Second, frequent military incursions into the socio-political space in Nigeria seem to have been confined into the dustbin of the nation’s political history. Third, it accentuates more opportunities for more participation among the civil populace as well as a gradual embrace of the global standard of democratic practice among the political class.

This volume therefore seeks to explore the roles played or being played by language in building a stronger, stable and sustainable democracy in Nigeria. How have stakeholders employed the facilities of language in political or governance activities?

As scholars have argued, language and politics are inextricably intertwined; a flourishing democratic practice necessarily encourages a flourishing linguistic/discourse culture (Awonusi, 1996; Opeibi, 2011; Ifukor, 2010). Scholarly and empirically-based contributions that address this concern are invited with the specific focus on investigating the use of language in Nigerian political space between 1999 and 2014.  Only papers that address the focus/theme will be accepted for peer-review and possible inclusion in the volume.

The papers must report on research in the areas of political linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the new media relating to (but not limited to) any of the following themes:
– Language and politics
– Language and governance
– Language, media and governance
– Language and social factors in governance
– Language and culture in politics
– Language contact phenomena in politics
– Nigerian English in Nigerian democracy
– Language policy and democracy
– Language and  civic education
– The Internet and political discourse
– New Media and civic engagement
– Social protest and new media
– E-Governance

While the main focus of the volume is political discourse and civic engagement, papers are welcome from related topics that focus on ‘Democracy in Nigeria at 15’.  In keeping with the focus, researchers submitting abstracts are encouraged to equally consider Nigeria socio-cultural dimensions relevant to their research.

Well-researched and scholarly papers of not more than 8,000 words written  in the latest APA Style guide, Times New Roman 12pt  should be forwarded to the emails below  by  October 30th 2014 at the latest. Only successful papers, following the double-blinded peer reviewed process, will be included in the volume. Notifications will be sent as soon as reviewers’ reports are received.

Proposed Publication Date: Early 2015
Proposed Publishers: Reputable International Academic Publishing Company

1. ‘Tunde Opeibi, PhD –  Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
2. Segun Awonusi, PhD- Professor, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria
3. Josef Schmied, PhD –  Professor, & Chair of English Language and Linguistics, Institute for English and American Studies, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
4. Presley Ifukor, PhD – Department of English, University of Muenster, Germany.

Your abstract (200 words max) and full paper should be forwarded to the email(s) below:;;

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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