Recently, the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan has brought great honour to the institution as he has been awarded a second Humboldt award after winning one barely two weeks earlier.
The Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded the Professor of English Language a grant to organise the Humboldt Kolleg, a conference that is aimed at bringing together “an interaction of scholars in cognate fields of the humanities and across different African universities” as well as promoting networking and intellectual collaboration among scholars. This particular conference is themed, “Of Texts, Spaces, Signs and Symbols: Questioning Corpora for Translational Research in the Humanities” and is scheduled to hold between February 19 to 22, 2018 in Ibadan. This conference is particularly unique as it will involve 40 scholars from 2 continents and 7 countries including Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Togo, Kenya, Senegal and Germany. Prof. Raji-Oyelade had this to say about the award:
“I am more delighted to be in a position to convene this unique conference of Humanities scholars…This is an opportunity to inspire a new generation of literary scholars, linguists, historians and social scientists who will query received concepts and create new ideas for development in their various disciplines.”
Other UI scholars slated for the Humboldt Kolleg are Prof. Akinola Odebunmi, Prof. Herbert Igboanusi, Dr. Chukwuma Okoye, Dr. Aderemi Ajala, Prof Obododinma Oha, Prof. Ademola Dasylva, Prof. Oka Obono, Prof. CBN Ogbogbo, Prof. Ayobami Ojebode, Prof. Isaac Albert, , the Vice Chancellor in the person of Prof. Idowu Olayinka is the host of the prestigious conference.