Recent events in Africa have reinvigorated discussions surrounding agency as a paradigm for studies of Africa and the African diaspora.
We are seeking papers from all disciplines for Emory University’s inaugural Institute of African Studies Graduate Conference, cosponsored by Emory’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. We welcome papers from graduate students and advanced undergraduate students.
We ask two interrelated questions: what is agency and what is its utility as a conceptual lens? This conference aims to understand agency in and of itself and its manifestations and representations. What are the pitfalls of the agency debate? Does it recreate other binary characters or obfuscate agency? Do we as scholars need to move away from studies of agency? What does collective agency do and who defines collective? What makes agency popular and why is this important? Whose agency is it when we study agency? Papers or presentations from all disciplines in the humanities, arts, and sciences are welcome.
The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday, October 30, 2008. Abstracts should be 250-300 words. Papers of 15-20 pages must then be submitted by December 30. We require that papers be submitted electronically either in word or pdf form attached to an e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject heading: “Agency’s Obituary?”. Additional information can be obtained by contacting email@example.com.
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