Call for Papers - African Connections Conference panel, Leipzig

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Call for Papers
November 30, 2017
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

Dear colleagues,

I am organizing a panel in African Connections, the next conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD 2018). It will take place 27-30 June 2018, in Leipzig, Germany. I would like to invite you to send in a paper proposal, preferably in English, if you are available and interested in the topic. If so, please send your proposal by 30 November 2017 to More information on the panel and other specifications below.

Best regards,

Ana Ribeiro, GSGAS, Uni Leipzig



Much has been said in academia and the media about South-South Cooperation with the so-called BRICS and other emerging powers as foreign aid donors and less developed states as recipients, many of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, not much has been written or discussed about foreign aid being given by states classified by international organizations at lower levels than emerging or middle powers. Meanwhile, the entrepreneurial classes in countries such as Mozambique – classified as one of the world’s least developed –  are growing, expanding their capital and demanding more shares and autonomy in projects with foreign participation on their soil. This state, for one, reports to be giving humanitarian aid in times of disasters and conflict, to Africa, Afghanistan, even Japan, and having ideas for development cooperation projects with neighbors. In this state philosophy, development is a package that includes both technical cooperation and the commercial projects resulting from them, aiming to increase productivity above all and espousing the idea that the dividends from extractive industries will spill over into other sectors of the economy, diversifying it and ultimately reducing dependency on foreign donors. This panel welcomes proposals for papers dealing with any Sub-Saharan African state (besides South Africa) that is actively engaging in giving any sort of foreign “aid” or “cooperation” (e.g. humanitarian, development, security) – alternatively, it could be a state that seems to be preparing to do so via the growth of its entrepreneurial-political leadership. All disciplines and perspectives are welcome, from discursive to ethnographic to classic international relations.

All paper proposals (maximum 250 words) must be submitted by email directly to the panel convenors by 30 November 2017. Proposals will be provisionally accepted or rejected until 31 January 2018.

Each individual may make only one paper presentation. Individuals may chair or co-chair or serve as a discussant on one panel or roundtable, in addition to making one presentation. Paper presenters must register for the conference in order to be listed in the conference programme.

For information about the biennial African Studies Association Germany (VAD e.V.) conference 2018, please contact us at Website:

Contact Info: 

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro

Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Leipzig University, Germany

Phone: +49 162 514 6192