NLA Conference 2020: Call for Doctoral Colloquium

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As part of activities for the 2020 National Conference, the Nigerian Library Association is calling for Doctoral Colloquium to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to present their work, and engage with their peers and faculty members in a setting that is relatively informal but allows for high-quality intellectual interactions.

Participation in the Doctoral Colloquium will be restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Colloquium. The Colloquium will not be open to observers. While the official Colloquium is an all-day event, other Colloquium-related events are held during the NLA Conference that requires students’ attendance at the entire conference.

Applications to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium are encouraged from any and all doctoral students in LIS. We are seeking broad representation, and the NLA Conference doctoral colloquium is not limited to students from member LIS Schools.

Student participants in the doctoral colloquium will be selected by a faculty review committee based on their application materials. The application materials should be submitted as a single pdf document to our secure submission site. All materials must be in English, and include the following three sections:

Section 1: A short introductory statement explaining:

Who the applicant is, their institutional affiliation, supervisors, and (provisional) thesis title; the applicant’s interest in the colloquium; the applicant’s current stage of their graduate career (beginning, completion of required courses or initial candidacy stage, full doctoral status, data collection and analysis, about to submit thesis etc); an explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the doctoral colloquium.

Section 2: A research statement of no more than 500 words describing their dissertation project.

Section 3: An outline of no more than 1,000 words describing the part of the project which will be presented (20 minutes presentations) at the colloquium.

The doctoral colloquium co-chairs encourage student applicants to also submit their work for possible presentation in poster or paper sessions. These submissions will go through the regular conference review process.


In order to promote extended interaction among conference attendees and students, those accepted for the doctoral colloquium will be expected to meet the following obligations after they have been accepted:

Register for the NLA Conference during the early-bird period, and participate throughout the entire Conference, which takes place July 6th– 9th, 2020, in Kano.

Prepare a 5-page (single-spaced) dissertation research summary document.
Provide a brief biographical sketch (200 words), a brief research summary(200 words), as well as an optional photograph, to be published on the website.

Read and critique selected research summaries of their fellow doctoral colloquium participants.

Prepare questions they would like to ask of doctoral colloquium mentors, either formally in the panel or informally during the day. They are here for you; seize the opportunity


Application deadline: April 14th 2020
Notification of acceptance: May 2020

How the colloquium will be Conducted

The 2020 doctoral colloquium program is currently in the planning phase. It will provide doctoral students with the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, and participate in events with other doctoral students.

Submissions and Questions about the Doctoral Colloquium may be directed to:

Associate Professor
M.A Kamba