The establishment of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) is provide a strong intellectual environment for scholars working in cultural studies nationally and internationally. The Centre is expected to acquire tangible and intangible cultural materials for the purpose of cultural sustainability and its promotion. The Centre will carry out research, documentation, preservation, interpretation and digitisation of archives and collections to enhance the academic and social service as well as to increase access and viability of Cultural heritage for future generations. The interdisciplinary approach of the Centre investigates the ways in which culture creates and transforms individual experiences. Since the mid-1980s the University of Maiduguri has engaged in researches into various aspects of the cultures of the Northeast region and collection of cultural items. Nigerian and German researchers sponsored by the German Foreign Office and the German Research Foundation yielded an impressive quantity of cultural materials that are however, not yet properly housed and accessible to the Nigerian community. For instance, the Department of Creative Arts also has collection of “Borno Music Documentation Project” which is yet to be placed in a befitting centre. The Northeast region still has vast potentials of cultural materials that would need to be properly preserved for present and future use. It is in the light of these developments that the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) is established in the university serve as a resource centre for research and as a repository of all cultural, historical and artistic materials.
The Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) targets the arts and cultures of Northeast Nigeria. The philosophy of the Centre is to promote and sustain individual and community identity based on cultural experiences and memories of the past. Cultural knowledge, in its diversity and similarity, can be a positive factor of social integration and nation building. Recent and past social changes have increased the need for new attitudes and forms of cross-cultural appreciation. Therefore, the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) aims at achieving the study and promotion of the vast source of cultural heritage to become viable and accessible for the generations to come.
The CSPCS shall form part of the University’s vision dedicated to the development of social coherence and community integration. Through the arts and cultures of the Northeast of Nigeria the CSPCS aspires to preserve and promote both tangible and intangible cultural materials in order to create new cultural awareness and sensitivity for better understanding, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among peoples of the region.
The mission of the CSPCS will be to build an intellectual community of researchers and research support in cultural studies through systematic collection, digitization, preservation and interpretation of both tangible and intangible cultural materials of the Northeast region. These efforts will be consolidated through local and international collaboration of interdisciplinary research activities and projects. The Centre’s Mission will be enhanced by the emergence of academic exchange programmes between the University of Maiduguri and some Universities overseas, particularly Hildesheim and Hamburg Universities in Germany.
The aim of the CSPCS is to promote and sustain research, documentation, collection, preservation and digitisation of intangible (i.e. language, music, songs, etc.) and tangible (i.e. material culture, architecture, etc.) cultural materials.
- Promote research and learning in cultural studies within the Northeast region of Nigeria through collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation and development drawing on the strengths of humanities, arts and social science perspectives and methodologies;
- Provide personal research support and mentoring in order to build an intellectual community of researchers (postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students) interested in cultural studies;
- Bring together a range of faculties across the university in disciplinary-based departments and scholars both nationally and internationally to work within the interdisciplinary framework exemplified in Cultural Studies research;
- Consolidate undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment in the subject, particularly postgraduate research, providing a thorough institutional pathway in the disciplines;
- Augment disciplinary expertise for curricular development for informed course teaching at the highest level.
- Create awareness among the general public and enhance sustainability in cultural studies through regular display and exhibition of cultural items for community entertainment and education.
CSPCS activities will endeavour to:
- promote regular collection of material culture and documentation of oral traditions in the region for the purpose of study, preservation and education for scholars and the general public
- sustain and develop a more profound understanding of how local cultures and global cultures interact
- strengthen Northeast Nigerian perspectives on culture
- promote a deeper engagement with the research questions initially identified in the area of cultural studies and subsequently following those identified by research clusters fostered by the Centre
- advance the training and research of students and colleagues at every level (from undergraduate through graduate to postdoctoral);
- promote broader public awareness of the issues arising from cultural studies and the implications of different policy initiatives that might be taken in relation to them.
- provide graduate students working on projects connected with both local and internationally-funded research programmes with research fellowships that would enable them to advance their work within collaborative and inter-disciplinary settings;
- promote cross-disciplinary collaboration;
- advance metropolitan collaboration;
- build regional, national and international networks;
- encourage and reward research associates to move beyond networking to develop team research projects at various levels;
- publish research results in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences;
- harness our local and intra-national fundraising initiatives in support of further research, training and outreach projects;
Organizational Structure of the Centre:
The Centre shall be under the Office of the Vice Chancellor and shall have a Governing Board and an Academic Board.
- Governing Board
The Governing Board shall be the highest body of the Centre with the following membership:
- Vice Chancellor: The Vice Chancellor shall be the Chairman of the Governing Board.
- DVC (Academic): Member.
- Bursar: Member
- Dean Faculty of Arts: Member
- Dean Faculty of Social Sciences: Member
- Director of the Centre: Member
- Administrative Secretary of the Centre: Secretary
- Academic Board
The Academic Board of the Centre will be responsible for academic matters of the Centre and its membership shall comprise:
- Director of the Centre: Chairman
- Deputy Director: Member
- Coordinator Collections: Member
- Coordinator Research and Publication: Member
- Coordinator Linkages & Training Programmes: Member
- Coordinator Academic Programmes: Member
- Coordinator Research Fellows & Associates: Member
- All Professors of the Centre: Members
- Administrative Secretary of the Centre: Secretary
The Centre will have the following categories of staff: Academic, Non-academic and Technical Staff
- Academic Staff
The Centre shall be headed by a director. The centre structure will consist of one director and a deputy director as well as a number of academic research fellows and research assistants.
- Director: The Director is responsible for proposing and administering programmes and activities that permit the Centre to achieve its objectives. The Director is responsible for overseeing the Centre's budget, supervising staff of the Centre, and will prepare an annual report of the Centre's activities to be submitted to the Governing Board. The director is answerable to the Governing Board chaired by the Vice Chancellor.
- Deputy Director: The Deputy Director is also appointed by the Vice Chancellor. He can deputize for the director and perform any other activities that may be assigned to him by the director.
- Research Fellows of the Centre are drawn from the University and include academic staff from different departments, independent scholars, and postdoctoral scholars who are doing research on cultural studies and who are able to participate in an intellectual community of globalization researchers at the University of Maiduguri.
- Research Associates are drawn from scholars outside the University who are doing research on cultural studies and who wish to contribute to the intellectual community at the Centre on a non residential basis.
- Visiting Research Fellows are from outside the University who are doing research on cultural studies and who wish to visit the centre for an extended period may apply for Visiting Scholar status. They should be able to work on programmes that will enrich the intellectual community at the University of Maiduguri.
- Collections Coordinator: will be responsible to co-ordinate all activities pertaining the collections of the Centre. Such activities will include preservation, documentation, digitization, display and interpretation.
- Research and Publication Coordinator: will be responsible for the co-ordination of the research activities and publication of the Centre.
- Linkages and Training Programmes Coordinator: will be responsible for the coordination of linkage activities and training programmes of the Centre.
- Academic Programmes Coordinator: will be responsible for co-ordination of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the Centre.
- Research Fellows and Associates Coordinator: will be responsible for co-ordination of the Research Fellows and Associates as well as the Visiting Scholars.
- Non-academic Staff
The Centre will have non-academic staff that shall comprise administrative, secretarial and technical staff.
- Administrative Secretary: Shall be the head of the administrative, secretarial and finance staff and responsible for all administrative matters of the Centre. The Admin Secretary shall be in the rank of either a Deputy Registrar or a Principal Assistant Registrar.
- Administrative and Clerical Staff:The Centre will have both administrative and clerical staff to handle and process files and communication.
- Secretarial and Data Processing Staff: The Centre will have a number of secretarial and data processing assistants.
- Cleaners: There shall be cleaners to keep the offices and compound clean.
- Technical Staff
The Centre will have some technical staff to man the technical aspect of the Centre.
- Curators: The curators will be responsible for the care and interpretation of the Centre Collections.
- Documentation Officers: They will be responsible for the documentation and digitization of the collections.
- Photographers: They will be responsible for the photographing and digital imaging of the collections.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cultural Sustainability
Duration of the Programme
The Programme is expected to be completed in a minimum of six semesters and a maximum of ten semesters
The PhD candidate is expected to have a minimum of Second Class Lower degree and Masters Degree with at least CGPA of 3.5 in the Arts, Social, Management Sciences or any related area of specialisation acceptable to the University of Maiduguri. The candidate must also have minimum of five credits at O’ Level including English and Mathematics.
To earn the PhD degree in Cultural Sustainability, students will pass the prescribed courses of 30 Units, present at least 5 seminars and a satisfactory submission and defense of thesis of 30 Units during the course of the study.