CFP: While the nature and scope of large-scale, foreign land acquisitions has been taken up by the non-governmental arena (e.g. NGOs) very little academic scholarship has addressed these deals both analytically and theoretically, from [comparative] historical and contemporary perspectives.
In turn, several important questions remain unanswered: What are the implications of foreign land leases for local populations? How are these deals mediated, structured and legitimized? What is the role of multinational corporations and foreign actors in the economic, political, social, and environmental governance of 'developing' countries in Africa? We seek abstracts from all disciplines analysing these large-scale foreign land acquisitions in Africa.
Date and venue: October 28th and 29th, 2010, Groningen University, Netherlands.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15th 2010.
Keywords: agricultural development, multinational mining, conservation, tourism, neoliberalism, land tenure conflict, cultural heritage, dispossession, corporate governance.
Sponsored by NVAS (Netherlands African Studies Association) and the African Studies Centre (ASC) Leiden.
For full CFP refer to: http://www.afrikastudies.nl/events-forthcoming.html
NVAS Conference Organising Committee:
Michel Doortmont (Groningen University)
Sandra Evers (VU University Amsterdam)
Froukje Krijtenburg (Institute of Historical Justice and Reconciliation)
Caroline Seagle (VU)
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