Call for papers

Call for Papers: “Saharan Identity”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Call for Papers for a panel for the the 2017 African Literature Association and New York African Studies Association meetings, as well as a special issue of CELAAN : Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord. This panel will employ a broad definition of “identity” welcoming submissions on a variety of Saharan topics including the following: literature on the Sahara from writers in any of the dozen “Saharan countries”; literal or metaphorical uses of the Sahara in African or other literatures; Saharan travel literature of any source (African, European, Asian, et al.); cartography and the Sahara; landscape and identity in the Sahara; visual arts and the Sahara; film and the Sahara; movement-mobility and identity including migration to Europe, migration among Saharan countries, nomadism, transhumant pastoralism, sedentism, oasis life, trucking, caravans, and effects of the Sahara on movement in the Sahel; tourism and identity in the Sahara; gender-race-ethnicity-class-sexuality and identity in the Sahara; the role of history in Saharan identities; community and “identity spaces” in the Sahara; slavery and the Sahara; peace and/or violence and the Sahara; imperialism and the Sahara; the Sahara and Pan-Africanism; the Sahara in relation to another region (e.g., North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa); neoliberalism and the Sahara; the Sahara in a global context; religion-spirituality and the Sahara; wellness and the Sahara; Nature and identity in the Sahara; “Saharan music”; micro- or macro-ethnographic studies on people living in or around the Sahara; the Sahara as relevant to any of the specific themes of the 2017 ALA conference at Yale: .

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Call for Panelists: “Saharawi Mobility and Change,” 59th Annual African Studies Association Meeting December 1-3, 2016 Washington DC

Monday, February 29th, 2016

What are the contours of mobility and change in Saharawi culture and society, and how has the practice and meaning of these contours changed over time? This panel seeks to explore this topic of mobility and change as it pertains to difference in Saharawi daily lives that are enacted and/or highlighted via processes of socialization, acculturation, adaptation, co-construction, and/or environmental, educational, economic, political, military, social, legal and mediated opportunities and constraints that have and continue to alter local and transnational contexts, and in turn, prospects, preferences and projections for the future of Saharawi praxis, being, and meaning.

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CfP: Betwixt and Between: The History of Identity and Status Negotiation Across the Sahara (African Studies Association 2015 Meeting)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

This panel examines the ways in which various forms of identity have historically been constructed and used to negotiate social status in the Sahara and on its northern and southern fringes. These forms of identity include religion, race and ethnicity, and gender—and have been complicated over the millennia by migrations throughout the region, both forced and voluntary. The migrations, driven by trade, imperialism, transhumant pastoralism, and environmental change, have resulted in several social fabrics of great diversity.

While diversity can be a source of strength, the societies in and around the Sahara have historically had great difficulty in achieving social and political cohesion. Some of the causes for this political instability arise from the physical environment and the mobile character of camel and cattle pastoralists, but others derive from a history of slavery and other forms of subordination imposed through physical violence. Yet even when a status was originally imposed through an act of violence, it could not be maintained exclusively through those means, but rather also included various forms of cultural interaction, social coercion and negotiation. The papers in this panel examine the history of some of the negotiated relationships in this region in order to illuminate some of the current social and political conflicts.

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CfP: Considering the Western Sahara: Multi-Discipinary Approaches to Post-Colonialism

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

This special issue aims to provide an interdisciplinary assessment of the representations of the unresolved colonial conflict in Western Sahara. We invite articles that examine the issue from a variety of angles. Some articles might assess ways in which cultural production on the region addresses the impact of the conflict on the West, including the implications of the apparent failure of the post-national project of a united Europe, the opposed interests of Spain and France in the region, the increasing diplomatic prominence of China in the Maghreb, and the changing position of the U.S. Other articles might adopt the perspective of the Arab and African worlds. How does the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic understand its position in the world? What is the role of Saharawi cultural production in promoting that vision? Still others might focus on neoliberalism, globalization and universal human rights. How are political and economic strategic positions packaged and distributed by the cultural industries? How do contemporary representations of the conflict reconcile the apparently irreconcilable notions of national identity in a transnational economic and political order? How are economic and cultural notions of human rights used to argue for and against the independence of Western Sahara? What are the main strategies deployed by both sides of the conflict to advance their position in the arena of public opinion? How do novels, poems, films and documentaries on Western Sahara coincide or differ from other postcolonial cultural production?

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CFP: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation / Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) Social Sciences Research Methodology Training Workshop for North African Scholars

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The three-day workshop will bring together twenty young Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian scholars researching the relationship between violence and a number of areas of inquiry including social change, political action, revolution and crime. Selected participants will work with international experts to hone the research design on a research project in its early stages of development. Day one will be dedicated to expert lectures focusing on the essential elements of research methodology and design. On day two and three, participants will present their proposals and discuss them with co-participants and experts to ensure that they receive ample feedback to fine-tune their proposals. Participants will also have a chance to discuss ways of incorporating the theoretical tools they acquired on day one into the research design of their respective research projects.

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CfP: Networks of Dependency: Re-configurations of clientelism, patronage, and corruption in the Middle East and North Africa

Monday, November 10th, 2014

This international workshop aims at filling this gap by analyzing the development and the reconfigurations of networks of dependency (i.e. based on clientelism, patronage and corruption) in the region.

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CFP A Sea that Links and Binds: Cooperation, Coercion and Compulsion across the Red Sea from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

This workshop will explore the dynamics of cooperation, coercion and compulsion in the Red Sea region. These dynamics allowed diverse groups of actors to participate in the making and remaking of the transnational Red Sea social system. Papers will show the ways in which these social forces were, like the men and women who were both their subjects and objects, thoroughly bound into the natural geography of the region. To facilitate discussion, the workshop will focus on the period from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. During this time period, the Red Sea social system rapidly transformed alongside other, rapid political, economic, technological and environmental changes. In response to these changes, individual and collective strategies based upon cooperation, coercion and compulsion were adjusted. For some people, this meant improved personal security. Unfortunately, for others this meant further instability and an increase in the precariousness of everyday life.

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CFP: Conflicts Over Water & Building Bridges with Water

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Center for Conflict StudiesWe invite proposals from graduate students, academics and practitioners in conflict studies and other related disciplines (such as law, human rights, gender, culture and environment) who can offer perspectives from their empirical research (we insist on first-hand, ground-up research) particularly on but not limited to the following conference sub-themes.

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CFP: Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The International Affairs Institute (IAI), the OCP Policy Center, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Unit at the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II of Rabat and the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) at the University of Minnesota invite submissions that explore issues and policy responses to address food security and agricultural challenges in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region within the framework of Euro-Mediterranean relations (deadline: 15/6/2014). Further information here.

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CfP – Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for African Studies, Moscow: “Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New” (May 27-30, 2014)

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

On May 27-30, 2014, in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Development of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies ofthe Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 13th Conference of Africanists titled Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New. The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies and the Institute for Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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