December, 2011 archive

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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