Call for papers

CFP: Tea in the Sahara: Exploring Shifting Ethnic Subjectivities on the Saharan Frontier (African Studies Association)

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This panel asks who are the people of the Sahel (on both sides of the Sahara) and how do they understand their locality as an everyday lived experience. Do they consider themselves to be part of cohesive ethnic groups, or do they conceive of themselves based upon other categories (language, race, etc.)? And how does their quotidian experience allow for the production of groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb? This topic also requires us to ask whether the categories that we, as scholars, use to talk about people in this region are worthwhile. Do they reflect distinctions that people on the ground agree with? Or do they contribute to simplifying complex social phenomena and ultimately help to perpetuate violence?

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Call For Papers – Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This conference is part of a series of activities organized by the West African Research Association (WARA) and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies (AIMS) aimed at strengthening the cultural, artistic and historical links among the peoples living within and across the Sahara Desert.

The 3rd international conference « Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge » is planned to be held in Ghardaïa, Algeria June 22-24, 2013. The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) is partnering with the Centre National de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle (CRASC) in planning this conference to be held at the University of Ghardaïa.

This conference’s theme is “Mapping information flows within and across the Sahara.”

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CFP: Gendering the History of Libya: Transnational and Feminist Approaches (Workshop Proposal)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

We seek proposals on the importance of gender in shaping the history of Libya (the North African and Saharan regions named Libya since the 20th century) in its connections to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, the United States and Asia. Libya has been accessible to very few scholars so far and gender has seldom been the focus of attention. Our aim is to shed new light on this blind spot of scholarship by investigating, from a gendered and postcolonial perspective, issues such as labour, religion, citizenship, sexuality, tourism, consumer culture, and the media.

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CFP: Revue Afrique contemporaine : Impacts des « printemps arabes » sur les pays d’Afrique subsaharienne

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Vous trouverez à l’URL suivante l’appel à contribution de la revue Afrique contemporaine pour un dossier thématique sur “Les Impacts des ‘printemps arabes’ sur les pays d’Afrique subsaharienne” (année 2013). http://www.afd.fr/afriquecontemporaine/publications-afrique-contemporaine?actuCtnId=54685 Cet appel à contribution porte sur le thème des « Impacts des printemps arabes sur les pays d’Afrique Subsaharienne ». Il est placé sous la direction et la coordination de Jean-Bernard Véron, rédacteur en chef de la revue. Les articles peuvent être soumis en français ou en anglais.

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Call for Papers: Workshop on Love & Sex in Islamic Africa

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This workshop addresses debates about changing concepts of love, sex, and sexuality in Islamic Africa as they intersect with Islamic reform, Westernization, colonialism, development, and globalization. We seek papers that explore the tensions and overlaps between Islamic, indigenous, and/or international interventionist beliefs and practices, and that address themes such as courtship, love, lust, jealousy, sexuality, marriage, divorce, heterosexuality, homosexuality, homoeroticism, intimacy, initiation rites, or other questions related to love and sex. This interdisciplinary workshop is open to historians, anthropologists, linguists, public health and education specialists, and other scholars interested in contributing to the dialogue about love, sex, and Islam in Africa.

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Call for Papers (2nd): Perspectives of Peace and Statebuilding in Africa

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Since early 2000s peace- and statebuilding interventions have attracted increasing academic focus. From then on, a number of extensive studies have emerged dealing with different aspects of peace- and statebuilding ranging from more general and theoretical analyses to more specific thematic and case study approaches. Due to the focus and nature of external intervention, a number of cases particularly in Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, have become emphasized. Some studies have argued that although African states specifically have been subjected to wide-ranging external interventions for a long period of time, peace- and statebuilding provide a distinct, or at least greatly transformed, approach by the external actors. This panel explores perspectives of peace- and statebuilding broadly defined, including distinct viewpoints to the processes producing new political and economic realities. It welcomes contributions from all aspects of peace- and statebuilding, with particular interest in the interaction between the external protagonists and local actors and forces as well as impact of these interventions.

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Call for papers: New Perspectives on War and Slavery, Multi-panel workshop (AHA New Orleans, January 3–6, 2013)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

We are seeking submissions for at least two linked panels: one focusing upon war and slavery in Africa, and a second focusing upon war and slavery in the Americas, with particular reference to the wartime contributions of enslaved Africans.

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Call for Papers — Extended deadline: Migrants and Development in Western Africa: Migration Experiences, Migratory Capital and Development (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, June 19-21, 2012)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This Symposium aims at documenting the multiple implications of migration in Africa and more specifically in western Africa from the following lines: a) Migration flows: countries of origin, host countries, situation of generations born during the period of migration, return migration; b) Migrations and capital accumulation, social and economic development; c) Migration and construction of community and identity spaces; d) Migrations from Africa to Western countries; e) National migration policies in countries of origin and management of social crises; f) Migrations and environment

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Call for papers: Cultures, Identities, Nationalities, and Modernities in Africa and the African Diaspora, Toyin Falola Annual Conference, Lagos, Nigeria

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Toyin Falola Annual Conference (TOFAC) welcomes submissions of abstracts and outlines of papers for the 2012 conference, which is scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria from July 2 to July 4, 2012 (arrival on July 1st, departure on July 5th). We welcome papers that explore empirical and theoretical aspects of any or all of our four conceptual grids: cultures, identities, nationalities, and modernities. Papers may investigate and analyze the manifestation of cultural politics, identity contests, nationalist ferment, and competing modernities in specific geographic and trans-national contexts where Africans and peoples of African descent fight out their existential and ameliorative struggles. We also encourage papers that interrogate and question the very categories of cultures, nationalities, identities, and modernities as they relate to the experiences of African and Africa-descended peoples and institutions instead of taking them as binding, fixed and self-evident frames of analysis. The definitional and semiotic latitude for interpreting these categories belongs to authors, as we have no bounded, restrictive definitions in mind.

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CFP: Berber Societies: New Approaches to Space, Time, and Social Process

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Since the mid-nineteenth century, North Africa’s Berber (Amazigh) populations have constituted quintessential ethnographic subjects for various ends, whether colonial, military, missionary, nationalist, or academic. Central to these endeavors was a sustained effort to document their language, laws, customs, institutions, and lifeways. Berbers (Imazighen) later turned this gaze on themselves as they sought to carve out a place in the national fabric or redefine it altogether. Recent scholarship on Amazigh populations provides important correctives to the nationalist narratives that have long shaped understandings about both the region’s populations and their relations to the nation-state. These scholarly correctives in part have been possible through alternative historiographies that both allow for new interpretations of French archival sources and look more closely at older vernacular sources to investigate claims about Berber ethnicity and solidarity (or lack thereof). Equally important have been new ethnographic field studies by anthropologists, social scientists, historians, and others whose research methods include extended participant observation and critical reengagements with familiar social practices. This conference investigates new ways of situating Berbers in space, time, and social process. Potential participants will be asked to present paper proposals on specific, focused topics grounded in original research and to avoid broad overviews of the Amazigh movement, descriptions of the Amazigh situation, and literature reviews.

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