Monday 21st January 2019 NEW!

Call for Papers

Masculinity and morality (1800-Present), at this year's European Conference on African Studies to be held in Edinburgh, June 11-14 (this year's theme being Connections and Disruptions).

a paper title
name/s and email address/es of author/s
a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

Submission is via an online system (please follow the link below). The
call is open until January 21st, and people who have submitted abstracts
will hear in early February if they have been successful.

Panel details:
Morality and masculinity in eastern African times of connection and
disruption (1800 - present)

Short abstract
This panel explores the intertwined topics of masculinity and morality
in eastern Africa from 1800 to the present day at the intersection of
history and anthropology. It aims to generate a discussion about the
historical origins, transformations and contemporary fates of masculine
moral lives.

Long abstract
This panel invites submissions on the intertwined topics of masculinity
and morality in eastern Africa from 1800 to the present day. The
emphasis of this panel is on the moral commitments, obligations,
horizons and expectations connected to masculinity and manhood in this
part of the world. We invite papers that engage with how these have
changed and endured over time, and we invite papers that explore how
individuals and communities have dealt with, contested, and sought to
live up to these norms. The papers will interrogate masculinity and
morality in eastern Africa from anthropological and historical
perspectives. This is a task we believe is important and urgent in light
of the current sense of a "crisis of masculinity" in the region, a
crisis associated with social and economic disruptions and linked to
rising unemployment, shrinking farm sizes, and changing gender norms.
This panel proposes a more specific discussion about the historical
origins, transformations and contemporary fates of such masculine
ideals. Panellists are encouraged to think especially about the
normative role of men as patriarchal figures capable of providing for
their kin, and how past and present actors have challenged and
reinforced this ideal. We are especially keen to receive submissions
that engage with and renovate classic, time-honoured themes in the
anthropological and historical literature such as masculinity in
relation to: the household, labour, familial obligation, property,
land-ownership, and notions of duty, restraint and discipline.

Peter Lockwood (University of Cambridge)
Tom Cunningham (University of Edinburgh)

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Tuesday 22nd January 2019

The 27th Annual Boston University Graduate Student Conference in African Studies "In and Out of Africa"

Call for abstracts, Boston, USA -- March 29-30, 2019

The 2019 Boston University African Studies Center Graduate Student Conference will explore the theme “in and out of Africa.” It seeks, on one hand, to contemplate Africa as a place of transit: as an origin, waypoint, or destination for global-scale flows, circulations, and transmissions. This angle emphasizes the flux and mobility of people, nonhuman organisms, capital, cultures, languages, philosophies and more. But by another light the conference theme also points to boundaries and borders, lines marking what is “in” and what is “out.” It raises again perennial questions about authenticity, indigeneity, and belonging. Ultimately, considering what is, has been, and will be “in and out of Africa” raises the question of what ought to be “in and out” of African Studies itself.Selected conference papers to be published in Working Papers in African Studies.

Travel funding available for participants who are citizens of African countries. Submit abstracts to

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Thursday 31st January 2019

The Decolonial Turn and the Humanities Curriculum: Prospects, Practice and Interventions

10- 12 July 2019 Venue: Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria. Call for Abstracts open

Abstracts invited for scholarly papers for praxes-oriented sharing and panel sessions that expand critical horizons while remaining open to the nuances within a pluriversal critique. Humanities’ scholars and students  are encouraged to interrogate the following broad philosophical themes: • Histories and politics of knowledge production in the era of globalisation • Knowledge production & decoloniality • Critiques of the decolonial turn in curriculum transformation • Students & curriculum transformation • Technological (im)possibilities in teaching & learning • Critical pedagogies & curricula to address bias and inequality • Contradictions & prospects for curriculum transformation in a marketised global higher education sector We also welcome papers and presentations that address more practical concerns such as: • The Humanities Curriculum • Discipline, knowledge formations and epistemic (in)justice • Meaning, nature and purpose of universities • Knowledge & Pedagogy • Theories, methodologies, practice • Global economy of knowledge • Knowledge roles and the global South • Remaking of intellectual cultures • Remaking textbooks, undergraduate & postgraduate syllabi • Reforming institutional architectures and cultures & intersectional erasures.

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Monday 4th February 2019

Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections, Call for Papers

10th June 2019, University of Edinburgh

Librarians , archivists, researchers, teachers and students are invited to submit abstracts up to 350 words for consideration by Sarah Rhodes by 4 February

Monday 11th March 2019

Frontiers of Development: Inclusivity and Wellbeing in the First 2000 Days of Life

11-13 March 2019, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK

Frontiers of Development events bring together the best early- to mid-career researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGOs in multidisciplinary workshops to address fundamental development challenges.
The focus of this symposium will be ‘Inclusivity and Wellbeing in the First 2000 Days of Life’.

Why attend?
Network with and learn from academics, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs from the UK and around the world;
Create international, interdisciplinary collaborations in order to tackle global challenges;
Apply for seed funding awards of up to £20,000 to build on collaborative partnerships established at the event.
If selected, the Academy will cover your attendance costs. To apply, please fill in the expression of interest form. For any queries, please email Catriona MacArthur.

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.