31/01/2019 – CFP: African Studies Now: Decolonizing the Field

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Afrisem Annual Graduate Conference @ Northwestern University.

What, when & where

African Studies Now: Decolonizing the Field
Afrisem Annual Graduate Conference
Northwestern University, April 4-6, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robtel Pailey, Oxford University

The Program of African Studies graduate student seminar (AfriSem) invites graduate student papers in the study of Africa and its communities engaging with the theme: African Studies Now: Decolonizing the Field. As indicated by such movements as #RhodesMustFall, the manner of organizing and disseminating knowledge about Africa remains fairly hegemonic. Scholarship about Africa relies on specific cultural viewpoints and political interests, and, more often than not, fails to take into
consideration knowledge production occurring on the continent outside the confines of privileged spaces of academic instruction. This predicament provoked the Liberian scholar, Robtel Pailey, to ask, “where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?” What is the state of African Studies today? And what does it mean to decolonize the field? This conference will consider, through multidisciplinary dialogue, the origins of African Studies, its contentions, and ways of conceiving of the study of Africa. Such topics may include—but are not limited to:
1) Memory and archives
2) Language and translation
3) Gender and sexuality
4) Ethics of African studies
5) Globalization, cosmopolitanism and modernity
6) Decolonizing the academy
7) Perspectives on violence, conflict, peace, and human rights

Deadline & how to apply

Interested participants should submit abstracts of 250 words maximum to afrisemconference@gmail.com by January 31, 2019. Please include your name, affiliation, contact details in the submission, and include “Abstract submission” in the subject line.
There are a limited number of small travel grants available.

Other info, Links & conditions

The conference is primarily a forum for graduate students to present their research to a cross-disciplinary audience. All presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 8th, 2019. Accepted presentations will be considered for publication in The Pan-Africanist journal.
Please contact the organizers on afrisemconference@gmail.com with questions and inquiries.


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