Sunday 31st March 2019

Role of Africa’s research universities under discussion

The African Research Universities Alliance is calling for papers for its conference on the role research universities should play in the fourth industrial revolution.

Developing nations should be asking important questions about what they bring to the table and niches they can carve for themselves for material and political gain,” the organisers say in the call for abstracts.

The conference will take place on 18-20 November this year in Nairobi, Kenya. It is expected to produce two collections of conference papers: one in the natural and physical sciences, the other in the social sciences and humanities.

Travel support is available for presenters, and the deadline for abstracts is 31 March. Full papers must be submitted by 30 September.

Monday 15th April 2019


Conference Travel Grants

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to offer the following Grant opportunities to its Members in conjunction with the Twelfth Annual ASMEA Conference from October 31 - November 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Conference Travel Grants

ASMEA is offering Travel Grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Twelfth Annual Conference.


Applicants must be current members of ASMEA and engaged in ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa.

Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal representing new and unpublished research from any academic discipline yet relevant to the regions.

Successful applicants will be required to present their research at the Twelfth Annual ASMEA Conference.

The application deadline is April 15, 2019

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Questions? Contact ASMEA at 202.429.8860 or

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Saturday 27th April 2019 NEW!

Cambridge Africa Business Conference

Date: April 27 - April 28

Time: 9 pm - 6 pm
Venue: Cambridge Judge Business School

Join us and interact with African business leaders, industry experts, and thought leaders as we discuss Growth in Africa: The Opportunities and Challenges Today and into the Future through the lens of alternative finance, technology, and infrastructure.

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

Islam and Christianity in Africa

Bayreuth International Summer School 2019 - African Studies

Week 1 - Islam in Africa, Prof. Fatima Harrak, Université Mohammed V, Morocco
The commonly applied division of the Maghreb from sub-Saharan Africa spread by Western scholarship gives rise to innumerable problems since it denies the many forms of intertwinings and inter-connectedness that exist between the two shores of the Sahara. The forms of interlacing between the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa are broad and rooted deeply in the collective unconscious, as this is manifest in contemporary African arts and literature. They have been formed through the centuries from a variety of events and a vast network of relationships, ruptures, influences, insertions and rejections.
This course will attempt to look at one of the numerous connecting factors, Islam, which was introduced to Africa since the early 7th century. It is well known that Islam is the majority religion in Africa north of the Sahara, often detached from the continent and assimilated to “the Middle East” or “the Arab World.” What is much less known is the fact that today Islam may be the most widely professed faith in Africa south of the Sahara, in what western scholarship often calls “Black Africa”.
We will start the course with an overview of the history of Islam in Africa, from the arrival to Ethiopia of the earliest Muslim migrants, to its expansion in the rest of the continent. Then, focusing on North and West Africa, we will attempt to shed light on the processes of Islamization of the African peoples and the Africanization of Islam.
The objective is to arrive at an understanding of how the (North and West) African settings have influenced the practice of Islam in the region and how in turn, Islam has shaped religious, social, political and economic developments in this expanse.
Week 2 - Christianity in Africa, Prof. John Hanson, Indiana University Bloomington
The dramatic growth of Christianity in contemporary Africa has transformed the continent. This course concerns this expansion and the socio-historical processes through which Christianity has been shaped by indigenous beliefs and practices, ethnicity, class, gender, and politics in Africa. It adopts a historical approach to understand the recent expansion in the context of the past two hundred years, including the impact of European colonialism, African nationalism, and post-colonial politics. The focus is on how Christianity has influenced African lives, both within religious communities and outside.

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Thursday 27th June 2019

The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference

Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos Lagos, Nigeria June 27-29, 2019

For centuries, Lagos has responded to significant changes in the core structures of its economic, social, and political order. A combination of internal transformation shaped external changes, and vice versa, creating monumental impacts in the city. Scholars working with diverse discursive tools have examined the contributions of Lagos to African and global transformation from the pre-colonial era to the present. From the story of internal migrations leading to the creation of communities to how the transatlantic slave trade integrated the port city into the vortex of world capitalism, Lagos as a phenomenon and an imagination manifests in the interplay of complex local and global processes. Lagos is both a beneficiary and contributor to the making of modern global cultures.
Therefore, in the fourth edition of its annual conference, the Lagos Studies Association seeks to build on existing scholarship on local and global processes in the making of Lagos. We are interested in new ideas that challenge existing paradigms while presenting significant possibilities for Lagos Studies. We invite presentations that compel us to rethink how the intersection of local and global dynamics have shaped the ways we conceptualize Lagos as an African city. Constant population movement, new ideals of community and local power, Atlantic and cultural exchange, social media and new identities, and regional political ideas that emphasize urban renewal, among other dynamics pose serious questions for engaging the continuous re-making of Lagos.
To this end, we invite proposals for panels, round-tables, and workshops from academic and non-academic practitioners of Lagos Studies across fields and disciplines. We also encourage proposals from scholars working on other African and Nigerian cities in order to better place the intersections of the local and the global in regional and pan-African perspectives.

Subthemes include but not limited to the following
Architecture and urban renewal
Business, culture, and market economy
Capitalism and neoliberalism
Children and youth culture
Decolonization, education, and university culture
Diaspora and Atlantic cultural exchange
Digital humanities
Disease and wellness
Environmental ethics and sustainability
Everyday life
Global capital
Humanities and development
Inter-group relations
Language and literature
Mobility and migration
Neighborhoods, land, and housing policies
Official and unofficial narratives
Politics and democracy
Security and investment
Social class, subjectivities, and inequality
Social media, musical culture, and identity formation
Space and urbanization
Sustainable Development Goals
Tourism and leisure
Women, gender, and sexuality

Submission: Individual proposals should include a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and email and phone contacts of presenters. Panel, round-table, and workshop proposals should comprise a 250-word summary, and email and phone contacts of all participants. Selected papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of urban and African studies journals.

Due date to submit abstract: December 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance of abstract by December 31, 2018. Email address:

Registration fee: Local (N10,000); International ($100). Registration fee covers nine full meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the conference. Everyone listed on abstracts must pre-register by paying registration fee after the acceptance of abstract.

Thursday 24th October 2019 NEW!

2019 African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) Call for Papers/Panels

Call for papers/panels for a bi-annual conference taking place in Nairobi

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) is a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary professional association on the continent dedicated to the study of Africa from an Africanist perspective. The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) was established (in 2013) to promote Africa’s own specific contributions to the advancement of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora.

This is a particularly exciting conversation and association to be part of for those working on the politics of knowledge in/on the African continent.

(Abstracts for papers and panels are due in May 15 and May 30, 2019)