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Call for Papers - Research & Intellectual Expo

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First Call for Papers





The Research and Intellectual Expo (RIE) is a Zimbabwean initiative by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education that was set up to showcase the best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans both at home and diaspora. It seeks to harness the very best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans for national development. It therefore provides a platform for sharing knowledge; networking and collaborating for all Zimbabweans and other stakeholders. Over the past two years, the Expo has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in research and learning.

The Expo will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities, science and the expressive arts today. Plenary speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in various disciplines, as well as numerous paper, workshop and poster presentations by researchers.

The theme for the third edition of RIE is "Research Partnerships for Wealth Creation". The Expo is scheduled to take place in the 1st week of September 2013 at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. It will bring together Zimbabweans from all disciplines to share latest research findings and brainstorm new research ideas across disciplines. The Expo is a unique forum for academics and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests to meet and interact with each other. We are therefore inviting papers that will deal with issues around this year's theme. "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabanye' is a Ndebele saying that is motivating the RIE Expo to build mutual partnerships across all fronts with various organisations and institutions both at home and abroad. Partners include academic institutions, research organisations, extension institutions, local civil society networks, government and state agencies, donors, public and private institutions, industry, business sector, strategic regional and global bodies (UN, UNESCO, SADC, AU) and CBOs. Building partnerships that work, makes RIE stronger and the theme for this year aims to broaden the Expo's work and widen support for its activities. The overall thrust is to build partnerships that widen and open up opportunities for wealth creation. Once again we are inviting papers that will deal with issues around this year's theme.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2013 at 4 pm. Authors with abstracts that are selected for presentation at RIE will be notified by the 12th of April 2013 and will be expected to submit full papers by the 30th of June 2013.


Abstracts are invited on any of the following sub-themes:


1.     The Humanities and Social Sciences

Proposed Topics

  • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
  • Youths: The Future of Zimbabwe and their Capacities for Wealth Creation
  • Impact of Emerging Areas for Wealth Creation in Zimbabwe e.g. ICTs, Mining, Eco-Tourism, Nanotechnology, Biological Resources etc.
  • New Perspectives in the Definition and Analysis of Wealth in the 21st Century
  • Policy and Legal Frameworks, e.g. Formal and Informal Sector, Gender Budgeting etc
  • Trade and Investment
  • Public and Private Sector Partnership (PPP) Unhu/Ubuntu Philosophy
  • Ethnic, Religious, and National Identity in Development
  • The Economic and Social Dynamics of the Information Age in National Development
  • Wealth Creation: Lessons for Zimbabwe from the East, e.g. China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  • Indigenisation and Empowerment

2. The Arts and Culture


Proposed Topics

  • Contribution of Arts and Culture on Economic Development e.g. the Expressive Arts, Art and Design
  • Expressive Arts and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Economies in National Development
  • Cross-sectoral Synergies in Artistic Creation
  • Language as Soft Infrastructure for Wealth Creation
  • Words as Raw Materials in Wealth Creation
  • Interdisciplinary Arts as New Forms of Wealth Creation
  • Strategies for Cultural Sustenance
  • Expressive Arts as Therapy
  • Intellectual Property and Copyrights Law
  • Linking Natural and Cultural Heritage with the Cultural Industries e.g. Sites and Landscapes, Museums and Monuments, Visual/Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, Cultural Tourism

3. Religion and Spirituality

Proposed Topics

  • Reconceptualization of African Religion
  • The Creative Potential of Africa-centred Metaphysics in the Modern Age
  • Tracing the African Origin of Christianity
  • African Spirituality and the Hypnotic Factor
  • Linking African Spirituality to Development
  • Religion, Ethics and Wealth Creation
  • Religious Affiliation/Participation and Economic Behaviour
  • Religious Perspectives on Wealth Creation and Management/Distribution/Charity
  • Religion, Spirituality and Development e.g. Land Ownership, Wealth Creation

4.     Science, Engineering and Technology

Proposed Topics

  • Value Addition to the Natural Resources of Zimbabwe
  • Utilizing the Cloud for Strong Virtual Global Solutions
  • Information Society Technologies (ISTs)
  • Biotechnology for Development and Health
  • Telecommunications and Global Connectivity
  • Scientific Research and Development
  • Energy Development, Sustenance and Power Management
  • Energy and Power Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Technologies
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Food Product Development for Wealth Creation
  • Mining Engineering
  • Manufacturing/Engineering Technologies
  • Material Sciences
  • Preserving and Conserving our Natural Resources through Science and Technology
  • Microbiological Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment and Trade
  • Product Design and Development
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Tools for Research Collaboration
  • Technology Applications in Industry and Health
  • Electronic Identification and Access Control
  • Water, Supply and Quality e.g. Infrastructure Development
  • Standards, Ethics and Development
  • Partnership in Science, Engineering & Technology
  • National Research Funding
  • National Innovation System

5.     Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

Proposed Topics

  • Governance in Environment and Natural Resources Management
  • Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Innovative Strategies for Green Cities in Zimbabwe
  • Innovative Models for Natural Resource Based Wealth Creation
  • Sustainable Wealth Creation through Community Based Natural Resource Management
  • Value Addition to the Natural Resources of Zimbabwe
  • Genetic Material Modification and the Environment
  • Technologies and the Environment
  • Access and Benefit Sharing
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Mining and Environment
  • Agriculture Based Wealth Creation
  • Water Resources

6.    Education and Pedagogy

Proposed Topics

  • Translating Educational Research into Action
  • Income Generating Educational Research Projects
  • Partnering for Educational Research
  • Aligning Curriculum with Wealth Creation Possibilities
  • Technology, Education and Pedagogy in the 21 st Century
  • Nurturing Exceptional Talent from Early Childhood
  • ICT in Education
  • Leadership and Management
  • National Qualifications Framework for Zimbabwe
  • Promoting Research Activity in Colleges
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Gender and Education
  • Multiculturalism in Education and Pedagogy
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Education and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Education

7. One Health: Health and Well-being

Proposed Topics

Category A: Biomedical Research and Development

  • Organ Transplant Medicine
  • Diseases Modelling/Biostatistics
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity Regimes
  • Drugs and Vaccines Therapeutic Development
  • Prostheses Development (Artificial Limbs, Pace Makers etc)
  • Scientific and Industrial Equipment Maintenance and Repair
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Medical Research Funding


Proposed Topics

Category B: Public Health

  • Nutrition and Diet Food Security at Household Level Lifestyle Diseases
  • Safe Motherhood
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Environmental Health
  • Climate Change and Diseases
  • Application of Framework for Sanitary Safety in Trade
  • Health Policy and Legislation Frameworks (Public Health Act, International Health Regulations)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Health Financing
  • Access to Health Care
  • Ethics in Health Practice
  • The Food Value Chain and Food Safety


Proposed Topics

Category C: Management of Diseases, Pests and Vectors

  • Zoonotic Diseases and Pests
  • Diseases, Diagnosis and Technologies
  • Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases
  • Human-Domestic-Animal-Wildlife Interface
  • Epidemiology and Diseases Control
  • Medical Tourism


Guidelines for papers

Papers must be between 4000 to 6000 words maximum and must have a 100 word abstract at the beginning with a 50 word bio-sketch of the author. Papers must be on double spaced A4 paper, tables, graphs, pictures must be camera ready. All copyrighted material must be cleared by the author. References and notes must be cited in the paper as author and date, full reference to be given at the end of paper. All papers will be subject to a selection process. Papers accepted for presentation at the Expo will be considered for publication in the two journals namely: Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Science, Technology and Health and Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Arts, Humanities, Education

Time and space for presentation is limited.  Please send your abstracts early to the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) Offices, 21 J. M. Nkomo Road, P. Bag CY 7785, Causeway, Harare.

You can also submit via e-mail to expo[at]zimbabwehumancapital.org


For inquiries contact: The Secretariat ZIMCHE Telephone: 04-581994 / 572930
Fax: 04-570815