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John O. Hunwick’s Legacy: A series of panels at the 2016 African Studies Association annual meeting

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Saharan Studies Association is proud to announce a series of panels to be held at this year’s African Studies Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. These panels will be on the theme of John O. Hunwick’s Legacy.

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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: 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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Saharan Studies Association events on preliminary African Studies Association program

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

African Studies Association 2012 Annual Meeting
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Philadelphia, PA
November 29-December 2, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Saharan Studies Association annual meeting

Friday, November 30, 2012: Friday 4:30 – 6:15 pm (Session VIII)
Conflict, (Counter-) Terrorism and Intervention in the Sahara-Sahel
Sponsored by the Saharan Studies Association

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CFP: Conflict, (Counter-) Terrorism and Intervention in the Sahara-Sahel

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The dramatic yet still evolving transformations in Mediterranean North Africa, most importantly in Libya, have been extensively analyzed in the context of Middle East security. Yet the ramifications of the ‘Arab Spring’ on issues of conflict and intervention in the Sahara-Sahel region have yet to be fully explored. Along with the Horn of Africa, the great expanse between Mauritania and Sudan has arguably been one of the most conflict-ridden areas in Africa. It is also home to some of the world’s largest reserves of oil and natural gas; the Sahara literally helps power world economic growth and production. For decades, this zone has been caught in a web of intra- and inter-state conflicts further complicated by external interventions performed by Western powers. The Sahara-Sahel is home to various insurgent movements, including the long-living Polisario Front in Western Sahara, the trans-national Tuareg insurgencies, the highly unstable rebel factions in western Sudan’s Darfur region, and now the Boko Haram movement in northern Nigeria. The internal dynamics of these and other conflicts in the region have been exacerbated by a plethora of old and new rivalries between regional and extra-regional actors, which often results in the widespread phenomenon of proxy warfare. A major battlefield for the US-led global war on terrorism, the rise of a regional branch of Al-Qaida has tracked alongside the dramatic proliferation of informal trade networks based on the smuggling of goods and humans. The proposed panel aims to analyze the interaction of these internal and external factors, particularly their impacts on contemporary politico-military conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel. It will address a broad spectrum of related issues, from the determinants of regional cooperation, conflict and foreign intervention to the important consequences of social, economic and political turbulence, including conflict-driven migration, terrorism and trafficking.

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CFP: Between and Beyond: Perspectives on the Southern Sahara (African Studies Association 2009)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Contributions are sought (and encouraged) from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Although we strongly encourage graduate students, we also welcome submissions from undergraduates, professionals, post-doctoral researchers, lecturers, professors, activists, and practitioners. Abstracts or descriptions of the presentations should be no longer than 250 words and should include contact information, name, mailing address, telephone number, affiliation, department, and email address. Please respond no later than March 5, 2009. The ASA deadline for completion of the panel proposal including all membership and conference registrations for participating members is March 15.

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