The first in a series of annual conferences in which the works of celebrated Nigerian writer and scholar, Professor John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo is brought into focus to test their appeal and perennial relevance in a changing world will hold at the University of Lagos from tomorrow to Saturday. The conference tagged “J.P. Clark International Conference (JPCIC-2018)” is a collaboration between the Department of English of the University of Lagos and the Department of World Languages of Monmouth University, USA.
Its conveners are Prof. Hope Eghagha of the University of Lagos and Dr. G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, of Monmouth University, USA. In a statement, they said that the conference was expected to be an agenda-setting event in which participants, drawn from the literati, local and foreign academic institutions as well as other institutions involved in knowledge production across the globe would map a field for J.P Clark Studies and locate the place of the poet, playwright and elder statesman in historical contemporary developments in African and Nigerian writing.
The maiden edition of the conference is themed “Connecting the Local and Global Across Literary Genres” and will hold at the Faculty of Arts of the university. Professor Wole Soyinka is expected to deliver the keynote address entitled “Othello’s Lament: the Migrant Rues the Waves.” The host of the event is Prof. Muyiwa Falaiye, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Chairman and Chief-host is the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, while the special guest of honour is Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka.