CFP Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production

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Call for Papers
May 25, 2018 to May 28, 2018
South Africa

Submissions are due by January 31, 2018

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Conference Theme
Who speaks with authority about Africa’s contemporary successes and failures? Is “the African Library” restricted to “europhone” scholarship? To what extent is post-colonialism a relevant lens through which we regard contemporary patterns, processes, and institutions? What is the state of African Studies? Is post-colonialism still a relevant framework for studying Africa’s contemporary successes and failures? Who is allowed to theorize Africa? Are “Europhone” intellectuals the only scholars of Africa? These are just a few of the questions framing Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production, a conference dedicated to exploring new theoretical and practical approaches to the study of Africa’s past, present, and future. This three-day conference will bring together some of the most eminent, dynamic, and engaged scholars who will address important topical themes in African Studies across the humanities and social sciences, from historiography, literature, linguistics, anthropology, politics, and technological transformations to art and popular culture.

The conference will open with an evening keynote lecture on African philosophical and didactic traditions and their relevance to contemporary challenges and theories of social justice and rule of law. On days two and three there will be roundtables, panels, posters, and flash presentations engaging critical topics, ranging from migration to climate change. In addition to panels on urbanization, tours of the area will be available, highlighting regional cultures, histories, politics, and infrastructure. Optional hands-on workshops will engage small groups in exchanging practical ideas that participants can take back to their home institutions.

We welcome paper proposals related to the panel themes from emerging and established scholars and from professionals working in the non-academic world. In addition, we welcome proposals for poster and flash presentations.

Panel themes include:
Arts and Popular Culture
Being Young in Africa
Changing Roles of Media, Civil Society, and Activism
Environmental Challenges in the Age of Climate Change
Lawscapes and Landscapes
Local Conflicts/Global Insecurities
Migration to, from, and within Africa
Shifting Boundaries of Language, Identity, and Citizenship
Shifting Boundaries of Women in Society
Shifting Narratives on Religion
Transformative Technologies
Urban Landscapes

Roundtables themes include:
African Perspectives on China
From Structural Adjustments to Unearned Income Credits: Rethinking African Economic Futures
New Themes in Critical African Studies
Revolutionizing African Academic Institutions

Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production will be the second joint conference of the African Studies Association and the American Anthropological Association. Our conference partners include: the University of the Witwatersrand City Institute; the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute at the University of South Africa; the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria; and Anthropology Southern Africa.

We thank you in advance for your submissions!

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Renee DeLancey, African Studies Association, Program Manager

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