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Call for Papers
November 1, 2017 to February 16, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Research and Methodology, Social Sciences

The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) 2018 conference (11-13 September 2018, University of Birmingham, UK) celebrates the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the study of Africa. To build networks among scholars interested in similar topics or fields, the conference includes several thematic streams.

Papers and panels can be submitted to the conference’s thematic streams or directly to the conference organisers.

This is a call for paper and panels for the Stream: Doing Fieldwork In The Bureaucratic Academia


The increasing bureaucratization of the academia, particularly visible in the UK, is affecting disproportionately scholars whose research is based on fieldwork carried out in developing and conflict affected countries. Elaborate procedures to obtain travel authorization, rules about booking transport and accommodation and, on top of all, an ongoing process of securitisation of research are increasingly hampering our capacity to produce knowledge in and about Africa. This stream invite scholars to share their experiences, reflect on the current situation and propose ways to deal with the current trend.

If you have any queries or suggestions about this stream please contact Giulia Piccolino ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website For general conference information, contact

The deadline for submissions is 16 February 2018.

Please notice that ASAUK conferences do not limit participants’ contributions, and conference participants are allowed to present as many papers as are accepted by the organisers. Participants are also allowed to take on multiple duties as chairs and discussants.

The ASAUK is run solely by volunteers. Income from the conference pays for the cost of the hosting university’s infrastructure, organisation, subsidies for student presenters, bursaries for Africa-based scholars, prices, and the Association’s support of UK-African collaboration through Writing Workshops and Teaching Fellowships.

Contact Info: 

Dr Giulia Piccolino

Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Department of Politics, History & International Relations

Loughborough University

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