Global academic attention is being given to research based on the concept of Indigenous Knowledge System, IKS. Quite a handful of scholars have insisted on the need to for current research attempt to be pivoted on methodologies that are solely based on IKS. This insistence has led to the evolution of verve academic and, in some cases, journalistic arguments in favour of the reliance on the indigenous knowledge and provisions in its system for the purpose of solving humanity’s problems that modern science has failed to solve.
Numerous questions clamour for answers. These questions range from definition, conceptualisation, application and theorising of problems within the frame of approaches to academic research pivoted on IKS. The humanities as conjectured here include mental, behavioural and geographical spaces identified with Africa and its Diasporas. Advocates of the IKS as the source of energy for initiating and sustaining research in the humanities have constantly viewed Africa as a domain for exploring vast resources of indigenous knowledge in many areas of human interest.
The Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria in collaboration with the African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA has organised an International Conference on the theme, “The Humanities and the Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) in Africa and Africa’s Diasporas”. The aim of the conference is to create the enabling academic platform for researchers in all disciplines in the Humanities to ventilate fresh ideas and discuss issues on the theme of the conference.