CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2019). “The Politics of Race and the Social Construction of Black Africans in Canada.” Paper presentation at the Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and African Diaspora Conference, African Studies Centre and St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. June 27-28, 2019.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2019). “African Migrants and the Politics of Immigration, Settlement, and Integration in Canada.” Paper presentation at the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference. University of Québec at Montréal (UQAM), Quebec, Canada. May 16-19, 2019.

  • Akinleye, Diran, Olabanji Akinola, Adebanke Akinrimisi, Seyi Shadare, and Gbenga Shadare (2019). “What Have We Learnt From Ten Years of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programmes in Nigeria? Evidence and Lessons from Two Independent Studies.” Paper presentation at Social Protection Cross-Learning Summit Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria. January 22-24, 2019.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2018). “(Re)Enacting Transnational Habitus? The ‘Underground Railroad’ and Twenty-First Century African Refugee Claimants in Canada.” Paper presentation at the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) Biennial Conference. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada, October 11-13th.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2018). “Boko Haram Terrorism in Nigeria: Causes, Courses, and Cures.” Paper presentation at the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. May 4-6, 2018.

  • Akinola, Olabanji and Gbenga Shadare (2017). “The Sustainable Development Goals and Social Protection in Africa: Towards Getting Target 1.3. Right in Nigeria.” Paper presentation at the University of Sheffield All African Postgraduate Research Group (AAPoRG) and Africa@Sheffield Conference on “Africa in an Era of the Sustainable Development Goals.” University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, June 22, 2017.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017), “Between Epistemic Arbitrage and Social Protection Policy Merchandising: The World Bank and the International Diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers from Latin America to Africa.” Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development. Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 31-June 2.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2016), “Human Rights in Africa in the Age of Terror: Addressing Nigeria’s Boko Haram Conundrum.” Paper presentation at the International Studies Association Human Rights in the Age of Ambiguity conference. Fordham University, New York City, New York, USA. June 13-15.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “Terrorism in Africa: Boko Haram in Comparative Perspective.” Paper presentation at the 58th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Marriot Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA. November 19-22, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “Africa’s Development in the 21st Century: The Imperative of Socially democratic and Developmental States.” Paper presented at a conference on African Nationalisms, History, and Development. York University, Ontario, Canada. November 5-6, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015). “Rethinking the Conditions in Conditional Cash Transfers in Africa: Towards a Transformative Social Contract Approach.” Paper presentation at an international conference organized by the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Protea Parktonian All Suite, Braamfontein, South Africa. October 20-21, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “Understanding the Pains of a Sapped Generation: African Youth and the Enduring Legacies of the Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs).” Paper presentation at the International Multi-disciplinary Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Group (GERG). University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. September 25-27, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “Governing Social Protection in Developing Countries: The Nigerian Experience.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Annual conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 3-6, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “The Internationalization of a Domestic conflict: Explaining the global response(s) to the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.” Paper presentation at the 56th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, February 18 – 21, 2015.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014), “Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.” Paper presentation at 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, November 20 – 23, 2014.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014), “Deliberative Democracy in an Unequal State: Reflections on Nigeria’s Democratic Experience.” Paper presentation at the 23rd International Political Science Association World Congress. Montreal, Canada, July 19 – 24, 2014.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014) “Graduation and Social Protection in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis of the COPE CCT Programme.” Paper presented at the ‘Graduation and Social Protection Conference’ jointly organized by the Centre for Social protection, International Development Studies, Sussex, UK, and the Government of Rwanda, and sponsored by UNICEF, DFID, and Irish Aid. Kigali, Rwanda, May 6-8, 2014. http://www.ids.ac.uk/files/dmfile/Graduationconferencepaper-Akinola.pdf

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014), “Embedded Corruption and the Antinomies of Development in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis.” Paper presentation at the Comparative Politics Student Group Academic Exchange Seminar Series. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, March 13, 2014.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013), “Governing Nigeria 100 years after Amalgamation: From Mistake to Miracle?” Paper presentation at 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Marriott Hotel, Maryland, November 21 – 23, 2013.

  • Akinola, Olabanji, Nicholas I. Erameh, Tosin Orimolade and Kunle Adewusi (2013), “Reforming the Electoral Process and Nigeria’s Search for Accountable and Effective Leadership.” Paper presentation at 4th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, CESDEV Suite, Bodija, Ibadan, August 13 – 15, 2013.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Democracy, Development and Africa’s Third Independence: Exploring a New Research Agenda.” Paper presentation at 55th Annual African Studies Association. Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, November 29-December 2, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Against Poverty, Ignorance and Diseases: Reinventing African Development Planning in the 21st Century.” Paper presentation at 50th Anniversary Conference of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UNIDEP). Dakar, Senegal, November 5 – 7, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Constructing National Identity in Modern Nigeria: A Deliberative Democracy Approach.” Paper presentation at the 22nd International Political Science Association World Congress. Madrid, Spain, July 8 – 12, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012) “Energy Poverty as Capability Deprivation in Nigeria: A Theoretical Enquiry.” Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Annual conference. University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, May 29 – 31, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012) “Conditional Cash Transfers as Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa: Problems and Prospects.” Paper presentation at the Political Science Department's Graduate Students' Conference. Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, May 25, 2012.

  • Situma, Ruth, and Olabanji Akinola (2012), “Democracy and Development in Africa: The Imperative of Citizen Involvement.” Paper presentation at the British Columbia Political Science Association Annual Conference. Okanagan College, Kelowna campus, British Columbia, Canada, May 3 – 4, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Securitizing Corruption for Development in Nigeria: An Agenda for Action”. Paper presentation at 12th Annual Africa Conference. University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States of America, March 30 – April 1, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Africa’s Third Independence: A Sine Qua Non for Development”. Paper presentation at African Students’ Association Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, February 10 – 11, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012), “Tackling Energy Poverty and Underdevelopment in Nigeria: The Role(s) of International Development Policies and Institutions”. Paper presentation at 1st Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. January 26 – 27, 2012.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2011), “Modernity and Development: The Quest for Social Equality and Political Freedom/Inclusion in African Societies (Countries) in the 21st Century”. Paper Presentation at the 2011 Annual Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) Conference. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. September 30 – October 1, 2011.

  • Akinola, Olabanji and Ogunbowale, Mopelolade (2011), “The Role of Musical Improvisation in Social Advocacy: Whither Nigeria?” Paper presentation at the 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium. McDonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. September 7 – 11, 2011.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2011), “Comparative Review of Research in Development Administration in Anglophone West Africa: An Examination of the Ghanaian and Nigerian Experiences”. Paper Presentation at the 2011 Annual Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Conference. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. May 16 – 18, 2011.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2011), “Towards a World Energy Organization: The Way Forward”. Paper presentation at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) first Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Global Governance. Centre for International Governance and Innovation, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. October 20 – 22, 2011.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2011), “Reinventing Black Power: The Nigerian Movie Industry Revolution and 21st Century African Renaissance”. Paper presentation at sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. November 3 - 6, 2011.


INVITED TALKS

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science Department. Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC, Canada. May 22, 2018. Topic: "Environment as Human Right in Canada: Coming Into Its Own?"

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science Department. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. December 8, 2017. Topic: "Steering States, Rowing Communities: Governing Social Protection through Community-Based Targeting Mechanisms in Africa."

  • Guest Speaker: African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC). Nairobi, Kenya. April 12, 2017. Topic: "Connecting the Dots: Towards More Evidence based Research on Aging, Social Protection and Development in Africa."

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 2100 (Comparative Politics) Undergraduate class. University of Guelph, Winter 2018. Topic: “The Military and Politics in Nigeria.”

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 3000 (Politics in Africa) Undergraduate class. University of Guelph, Fall 2017. Topic: “Terrorism in Africa: Global Threats or Local Grievances?”

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 3000 (Politics in Africa) Undergraduate class. University of Guelph, Fall 2016. Topic: “Nigeria: The Crippled Giant.”

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 3410 (US Politics and Government) Undergraduate class. University of Guelph, Fall 2016. Topic: “The Military in American Life.”

  • Guest Speaker: Department of Political Science Speaker Series, University of Guelph. January 29, 2015. Topic: “Social Protection in Developing Countries: The Nigerian Experience.”

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 3000 (Politics in Africa) Undergraduate class. University of Guelph, Fall 2014. Topic: “Democratic Rule in Africa: Problems and Prospects.”

  • Guest Speaker: Political Science 6730 (Politics of Development and Underdevelopment) Graduate Seminar, Fall 2013.


WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES

  • The Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Project on Middle East Political Science, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Workshop on “Local Islamist Politics.” University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. June 13-15, 2017.

  • Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) Doctoral School in International Development. Ottawa, Canada, December 10-12, 2014.

  • Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) Global Political Economy Workshop. Waterloo, Canada, May 29-31, 2014.

  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institute’s workshop on “The Rush of China and India to Africa: State Versus Market-Driven Development Cooperation Strategies.” Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, May 17 – 18, 2013.

  • Saemaul Training for Foreign Students in Korea, Saemaulundong Central Training Institute, Seoul, South Korea, November 27-28, 2009.


  • Panel Chair and Discussant: “State Formation and the Construction of State Authority in Africa II” panel. Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. May 4-6, 2018.

  • Member Organizing/Advisory Committee. Equity Conference, Guelph, Ontario Canada, January 27, 2018.

  • Panel Chair: “Inclusive Healthcare” panel. Equity Conference, Guelph, Ontario Canada, January 27, 2018.

  • Panel Chair: “Money, Management and Public Policy.” 2015 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 3-5, 2015.

  • Panel Chair: “Politics of Religion in Africa.” 56th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA). New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, February 18-21, 2015.

  • Panel Chair: “Land Grabs, Insurgency, and the Crisis of Reproduction.” 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA). Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, November 20 – 23, 2014.

  • Discussant: Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) Doctoral School in International Development. Ottawa, Canada, December 10-12, 2014.

  • Discussant: Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) Global Political Economy Workshop. Waterloo, Canada, May 29-31, 2014.

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