The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa’s premier social research institution, invites the scholarly community and policy intellectuals to send in extended abstracts of chapters for consideration for inclusion in the first issue of the HSRC’s new annual publication Africa Focus.
The HSRC has identified the need for a platform for critical and innovative debates around themes that will contribute to the dissemination of the views of African scholars among research, policy and academic institutions, civil society organizations and governments, both in Africa and abroad. The series’ unique trait and contribution will be its ability to illuminate African voices on policy and to chart new paths and contexts in the production of research knowledge relevant to Africa’s developmental aspirations. The Africa Focus 2008 issue will be structured around the broad theme of governance and will explore various aspects of the following sub-themes:
1. The state of the African state, dealing with issues such as: new typologies of the African state, accountability, , citizenship and identity, traditional and modern institutions of governance, and regional integration
2. Knowledge and transformation, dealing with issues such as: knowledge production and consumption, ownership and location of knowledge, institutions of higher education, and the role of the information super highway
3. Environment and natural resources, including eco-conflicts, global warming, natural resource management, food production and consumption, tourism and poverty
4. Economy and livelihoods, including poverty, food security and access to land, labour processes, markets and movements, and human security
5. Health and well-being, such as discourses of disease, governance and health sector, global institutions in health care, traditional healers and health
6. Africa and the world, including the new scramble for Africa, challenging the global hegemony, international funding and local development, and international social movements
Scholars are invited to submit extended abstracts of proposed contributions under the six sub-themes. Proposals for chapters are not limited to the above-mentioned aspects, but may show innovative directions in the debates.
Selection of chapters will be done by an Advisory Board consisting of leading African scholars. Approved chapters will be peer reviewed. Contributors will receive an honorarium.
Interested scholars are invited to send an extended abstract of 1500 words not later than 31 October 2008. The abstract should clearly show the author’s focus and research methodology. Authors of selected abstracts will be required to prepare a final chapter not exceeding 8,000 words, which should be received not later than 15 January 2009. Draft chapters should be sent to:
Dr Gerard Hagg, Democracy and Governance Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council, P Bag X41, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa; E-mail: Ghagg@hsrc.ac.za; Fax: +27 12 302 2801. Alternative contact: Dr Priscilla Wamucii, firstname.lastname@example.org
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