CFP: Continuities and disruptions in 'doing fatherhood' in Africa (ECAS2019)

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Call for Papers
January 21, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology, Women's & Gender History / Studies


We invite abstracts for the following panel session to be held at the 8th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) at the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies, June 11-14, 2019.


"Continuities and disruptions in 'doing fatherhood' in Africa"

Convenors: Carole Ammann (University of Bern), Kristen McLean (Yale University)

Within recent decades, research on men and masculinities in Africa has increased. However, the stereotypical image of the African man focuses on the disruptive side of masculinities, presuming that men are violent and irresponsible as husbands and fathers. Research on parenting in Africa has typically depicted caring mothers and disregarded the role of fathers, despite evidence that fathers—and men more generally—are important for healthy child development.

In contrast, we focus on how African men are doing 'responsible' fatherhood in light of the continuities and disruptions in their lives. For example, while changing economic forces drive men away from their families in search of work, new communication technologies allow men to remain connected to home. In this panel, we ask how various forms of fatherhood (biological and social) are experienced, lived, and negotiated, both across and beyond Africa. We welcome contributions that address the following issues, as well as those that attend to masculinities in Africa more broadly:

• How is becoming a father (or a grandfather) a pivotal moment in men's lives?

• How does migration and mobility influence values and practices of fatherhood?

• How does fatherhood change (or remain the same) over time?

• What are men's reasons and strategies for denying or seeking out fatherhood?

• How are people of various sexual orientations 'doing fatherhood'?

• How do different marriage norms and family formations influence fatherhood?

• How do researchers' own experiences of fatherhood influence fieldwork?



Submission deadline is 21 January 2019.

Please find the call for papers here:

All paper proposals must consist of:

  • a paper title
  • name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

The main conference language being English, this information should be submitted in either English or French.

For more information about the conference and call for papers,see:

Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues, researchers, and students.

Thank you!



Contact Info: 

Kristen McLean, Yale University 

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