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To: Institute of African Studies Community,

We regret to inform you that our monthly Brownbag Seminar Series slated for December 12, 2018 will no longer hold as scheduled.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Subsequent monthly Brownbag Seminars will continue to hold as planned.

Thank you

Call for Paper/Panels Extended | Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
University of Quebec, Montreal
May 16 – 19, 2019

We thank those of you who have submitted your proposals of Papers/Panels/Roundtables for our Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) for May 2019 in Montreal, Canada.

We would like to inform you that the deadline for submission for proposals has been extended. Thus, we kindly invite those of you who are still interested in presenting in the CAAS 2019 Conference to submit your proposals of Panels, Papers or Roundtables by December 17th. The title of this year’s conference is “Thinking Africa-World: Originality and Innovative Practices.”From an open and multidisciplinary perspective, the 2019 CAAS conference invites reflection on the question of originality and innovation, in relation to Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world.  We thank you for your interest and invite you to send any questions or concerns regarding the Conference at your earliest convenience.

Please find information regarding the conference and how to submit papers, panels and roundtables via this link:

ACÉA : Appel à Communications, Panels et Tables Rondes PROROGÉ jusqu’au 17 Décembre

Nous remercions ceux d’entre vous qui avez soumis vos propositions de Communications/Panels/Tables Rondes pour notre conférence annuelle de l’Association Canadienne des Études Africaines (ACÉA) qui aura lieu au mois de Mai 2019 à Montréal, Canada.

Nous vous informons que la date limite de soumission des propositions a été prorogée. Ainsi, nous invitons ceux d’entre vous qui sont toujours intéressés à présenter à la Conférence de l’ACÉA édition 2019 de soumettre vos propositions Communications/Panels/Tables Rondes jusqu’au 17 Décembre.

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt et vous invitons à envoyer vos questions ou préoccupations concernant la Conférence à votre convenance.

Veuillez trouver des informations concernant la Conférence et comment soumettre les Communications/Panels/Tables Rondes sur ce lien:

Submissions of abstracts of no more than 200 words for paper proposals, and abstracts of no more than 300-600 words for panel and roundtable proposals has been extended until December 17th, 2018 and should be submitted via the following link:
If there are any additional questions, students are welcome to email:

The Revitalised Peace Agreement and its Prospects in South Sudan: A Conversation with Alan Hamson, Canada’s former Ambassador to South Sudan

Presented by the CIPS Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) and the Africa Study Group of the Canadian International Council’s (CIC) National Capital Branch.

After almost five years of civil war, in September 2018 the Government of South Sudan and opposition forces signed the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Some praise the accord for opening the door to a ceasefire, power sharing, security sector reform, renewed oil production and democratic elections. Others worry that it is as likely to fail as previous peace agreements, as it reflects a lack of political will to address fundamental issues like the concentration of power, impunity for human rights violations and pervasive insecurity for internally displaced persons and others, especially in rural areas.

What are the exact terms of the R-ARCSS agreement? What are its provisions for monitoring and enforcement? What are the incentives and disincentives for compliance by power holders?  What roles are South Sudanese civil society organisations and regional actors playing in the implementation process? How are Canada, the UN and other international partners responding to the accord and what could they contribute in 2019?

Guest speaker: Alan Hamson was Canada’s Ambassador to South Sudan from 2016 to 2018. He is currently Director of Strategic Planning and Coordination in Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilisation Operations Program (PSOPs).

Co-chairs: Stephen Baranyi (uOttawa Professor and CIPS/FSRN Coordinator) and Bruce Montador (Chair, Africa Study Group, National Capital Branch, CIC).

In English. Free but come early, as space is limited.

When: Wednesday December 12, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: University of Ottawa Social Science building, 120 University Private, room 4006

Call for Papers | Africa on the Move: Harnessing Socio-Economic and Environmental Resources for Sustainable Transformation 
University Of Ghana, Legon
April 3 – 4,  2019

5th School of Social Sciences International Conference

For centuries, Africa has been characterized by poverty, low productivity, wars and political instability. The underdevelopment of the African continent has experienced a turn since the 1990s and Africa is now heralded as the last frontier of global capitalism by businesses, international organizations, governments and academics. The voracious demand for raw materials, markets and partnerships has created favourable conditions for leveraging Africa’s growth and development. The huge investments by China on infrastructure and technological transfer in Africa has created a new competitive urge for the continent. As the continent with the largest reserves of natural resources, Africa has great potential in ensuring a steady sustainable growth within current globalism if the processes of its development are well managed.

You are invited to submit an abstract via email to;

The abstract should not be more than 250 words and should highlight objectives, methodology and findings. Conceptual and theoretical papers will also be accepted.

The submission must also contain the title of the paper, and the name, affiliation, and email address of the author who is making the submission.

  • Submission deadline: Monday, 7th January 2019
  • Notice of acceptance of papers: 31st January 2019

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Call for Papers | Exploring The Agency Of The Global South In International Studies (Practices)
Accra, Ghana

Global South (GS) actors have become increasingly influential in international politics, conspicuous in their role in international trade, international security and climate change negotiations, and a range of new ‘South-South’ cooperation and partnerships. Although the Global South is increasingly prominent in international relations and attracts interest from a variety of actors, on many fronts it remains entangled in the seemingly immovable structures of international inequality, high levels of poverty and underdevelopment, often fragile economies and weak political and military capacity, and recurrent instabilities.

You are invited to submit an abstract via email to; Accra2019@isanet.orgor visit for submission guideline.

Please note that the conference is bilingual and this means that participants can submit papers and roundtable proposals in both English and French; it also means that presentations can also be done in both languages. However, all communications and all activities involving the use of our system can only be done in English, which is the official language of the ISA.

Deadline for paper/panel submissions is 21st January 2019

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Call for Papers | Three decades of elections in Africa: what have we learned about democracy?
African Study Books

Some three decades have passed since the inception of democratic experiments in Africa, and the study of elections remains both topical and vibrant. A dominant view in the literature suggests that multiparty elections had limited transformative impact in Africa. Instead of producing alternation in power and more democratic regimes, the successive rounds of elections led to the emergence of new types of nondemocratic government (electoral authoritarian, competitive authoritarian) and to the proliferation of dominant party systems, where the former authoritarian parties still hold a considerable share of votes/seats. World indexes place the continent as the worst in terms of electoral integrity due to persisting episodes of (pre-or-post) electoral violence, vote buying and fraud. Though all this reinforces the narrative that elections in Africa are but a “shadow of democracy” (Adejumobi 2000), it is also true that multiparty elections have become common place and in some cases gave birth to exemplar democracies (Cape Verde, Ghana or Mauritius, just to mention a few cases).

This special issue, entirely devoted to the study of recent elections in Africa, intends to understand what is behind stories of failure or success. While most contributions emphasize the procedural aspects of elections, the main goal here is to look at more substantive aspects that are often neglected. More specifically, we invite contributors to focus on the following (and other related) questions:

Contributions should be sent to and with the subject “Three decades of elections in Africa: what have we learned about democracy?’” until 31 May 2019. Authors will be notified of the article acceptance until 30 June 2019.

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Call for Papers | African Places, African Spaces
Finding Africa Seminar Series
University of Leeds 2019

In light of contemporary concerns with decolonisation and meditations on the meaning of the continent of Africa, both within the academy and beyond, we invite papers concerned with African Places, African Spaces as part of our 2019 seminar series hosted in collaboration with the Leeds University Centre for African Studies and Leeds School of English.

Proposals can also address the primary question in relation to any of the following:

  •      What place does Africa have in global literature?
  •      What are the material aspects of life in African cities and villages as depicted in  literature?
  •      How do explorations of these spaces inform how we view the relationship between individuals and their communities, and between the ‘local’, ‘regional’, ‘national’, ‘continental’, ‘diasporic’ and ‘global’?
  •      How does Africa occupy discursive, cultural and material spaces?
  •      How does Africa travel in film, journalistic, academic, literary and online spaces?
  •      Can we think of contemporary African travel writing (e.g. Noo Saro-Wiwa’s Looking for Transwonderland, Sihle Khumalo’s Dark Continent, My Black Arse & Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos) as examples of reflecting on the spatiality of Africa?

We are accepting proposals from any discipline and especially interdisciplinary work in this area. Proposals must be a maximum of 300 words (in Word format) and submitted to findingpocoafrica@gmail.comby 15 January 2019.

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Call for Papers | Medicine, Myth, and Magic
McGill University, Montreal
April 12 – 14, 2019

This year’s CREOR graduate student conference will be held in collaboration with McGill’s History/Islamic Studies conference “Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800” and running concurrently with the 2019 Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion conference on “Religion, Harm and Healing”.

The McGill Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) graduate student annual conference invites graduate students and emerging scholars to participate in a special edition conference rethinking the relationship between medicine and religion. We invite critical reflections on the complexities and diversity that arises at the crossroads of medicine and religion. We know that since Antiquity medical traditions in Greece, Babylon, Egypt, China and India were intrinsically intertwined with its religious practices. The observation and study of anatomical and mental ailments was not necessarily a distinct science, the lines between medicine, religion, and “magic” remained “at times”blurry. Myth and ritual were also used to connect the body to sacred spaces. Early modern, and especially post-Enlightenment, thinking sought to bring a clearer divide between medicine and religion. As science and technology progressed it provided the field of medicine with a diagnostic and prognosis system which was purely “rational” and devoid of spiritual beliefs. But the acceptance of this proposition has not been unanimous. Despite the extraordinary advances of post-Enlightenment medicine, both Western and Eastern, does the quest for scientific knowledge leave any room for religious beliefs, traditions and ethics to influence medical practice?

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2019

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Call for Papers | Memory in Africa: Transcultural Dimensions, Pretoria
October 17 – 19, 2019

Within Memory Studies, a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field of research internationally, the African continent, its people, diaspora and global linkages constitute neglected areas of research. This is despite the efforts of selected individual scholars and the International Memory Studies Association’s explicit mission to move beyond the Euro/Anglo centrism that has defined the early development of the field. This conference aims to provide a platform for academic researchers in Africa and international scholars interested in Africa to network, share their research and begin developing an Afrocentric approach to memory studies.

We invite participation from established researchers and postgraduate students in a wide range of disciplines from anthropology, cultural studies, diaspora studies, geography, health, history, mobility studies, political science, psychology, religion, sociology and other relevant fields. Practitioners in museums, memorial institutions, archives, the arts and performance fields, as well as researchers working for NGOs and government organizations are also welcome to contribute insights from their field of expertise. While the majority of contributions will be formal academic papers, alternative forms of presenting research, e.g. in videos, visual art or performances will be possible in specially arranged sessions.

This conference is hosted Atabongwoung Gallous (University of Pretoria) and Sabine Marschall (University of KwaZulul-Natal) and will be hosted on the campus of the University of Pretoria. Send an abstract of 150 words for a 20 minute presentation, including affiliation and full contact details by 31 January 2019 to Notification of acceptance by 15 March 2019.


Call for Papers: International Conference on the Future of Tourism (ICFT)
16 – 17, April 2019 Arusha, Tanzania

The second of its kind in East and Central Africa, an International Conference on the Future of Tourism (ICFT) will be held between April 15-17, 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Conference is organized by the Department of Tourism and Hospitality of the Open University of Tanzania.

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and should be organized as: Title, Context and Objectives, Methodology, Findings, Conclusion, Key words. Please include not more than three (3) keywords related to your paper.

Papers should be of high standard, unpublished, and suitable for scientific or professional publications. They can be theoretical or field research based papers as well as practical/experiential papers based on individual, institutional or community experience.

All Papers will be published in Conference Proceedings and the best papers will be considered for publication in one of the Journals of the Open University of Tanzania. 

Submissions of abstracts/papers should be sent to before 13 January 2019.

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Academics Without Borders/Universitaires sans frontières (AWB) is a Canadian nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help developing countries improve their universities so that they can train their own experts and conduct research to assist in their countries’ development. AWB’s projects are involved in the full range of university activities from expanding and improving existing institutions and programs to helping create new ones. AWB fulfills its mission by sending volunteers on projects that originate in and are owned by developing world institutions. AWB volunteers are reimbursed for their expenses but are not paid a salary.

Project Reference: Environmental Policy and Planning
Number of Volunteers: 1
Partner Organization: African Institute for Mathematical Science

Start Date and Duration: The volunteer will ideally spend 4 weeks on site in Mbour in the first or second quarter of 2019. The position may require remote support following the completion of the initial in-country assignment.

Benefits: All expenses: flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals will be covered by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and AWB.

Applications: Please send to Corrie Young,

• Your CV, including your contact information • A statement of your motivation in seeking the position • Dates of availability • Names and contact details of two (2) references

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018

See website for more information.