May, 2012 archive

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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