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DATE: 6-7TH August 2018


THEME: Interdisciplinary Research, Innovation, and the Next Generation African Scholar

The African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) wishes to announce its maiden doctoral and postdoctoral seminars designed as part of the activities to flag off its 2018 annual conference in Durban, South Africa. This is a two-day intense research seminar with the theme, “Interdisciplinary Research, Innovation, and the Next Generation African Scholar”. The University in Africa faces pressures from a global knowledge economy which emphasizes interdisciplinarity and innovation in an overall context which privileges internationalization of the University. Early and emerging scholars are the drivers of these new economies of knowledge production, where career advancement is tied to local innovation and transnational competitiveness and the idea of the scholar as a transnational subject. In the West, the shaping of this new scholar for the transnational and interdisciplinary imperatives of our times starts in graduate school. In Africa, things are not always so clear. These series of seminars will address these and more germane issues with participants. The seminars will be led by experienced senior faculty from Universities in Canada and South Africa and will feature the following modules: 1) “The Pressures of Interdisciplinary Conversations”; 2) “Navigating the Academic Publishing” Environment”; 3) “Academic Papers Writing Clinic: Workshopping Essays in Progress”; 4) “The Contemporary Doctoral Environment”


Professor Pius Adesanmi 

Director, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Professor Jairos Kangira

Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Professor Kgomotso Masemola

University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa 

Dr Paulene Naidoo

Department of Public Relations Management, Durban University of Technology

Modules include the following:

The Pressures of Interdisciplinary Conversations (for advanced PhDs, postdocs, and early-career lecturers)

Navigating the Academic Publishing Environment (for advanced PhDs, postdocs, and early-career lecturers)

The writing Process

Evaluation of work in progress

Discussion of papers in preparation and feedback from facilitators

The Contemporary Doctoral Environment (for doctoral students)

Writing Program Coordinator

Professor Kermit Campbell, 

Chair, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Colgate University


Early registration

(before 30th June 2018)

R1, 200

Registration from 1st July 2018


Eligibility: Doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career lecturers in the humanities and social sciences.

Application Procedure: Eligible applicants in the target demographic (PhD students, postdocs & early-career lecturers must already be registered to participate in the AAR Conference. Send your expression of interest (600 words maximum) to The Conference Convener: AAR email and

Deadline: July 15, 2018.

For further inquiries, contact the Conference Convener

Dr Rufus Olufemi Adebayo

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