Call for Papers: The Great Scramble for Africa’s Farmland: Colonial Echoes or Development Opportunity
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The Great Scramble for Africa’s Farmland: Colonial Echoes or Development Opportunity
The Center for Black Diaspora (DePaul University) in partnership with African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, (Routledge) announce a Call for Papers on “The Great Scramble for Africa’s Farmland: Colonial Echoes or Development Opportunity”, for a special issue.
Since the colonial scramble of Africa at the end of the 19th century, the continent continues to face unprecedented land grab by transnational economic actors (oil, food, mining, chemical, bioenergy), and local elites, are threatening food security, rural livelihoods, environmental sustainability and local energy needs.
In the contemporary context of global neoliberalism, African farmlands face large-scale international land investments because of sharp increases in global food prices and higher demand for agro-fuels. Despite the proliferation of a considerable number of descriptive accounts of land grabbing and the political narratives around it in Africa, this phenomenon remains under theorized.
The acceleration of land grabbing in Africa is undoubtedly one of the great challenges of the 21st Century and will remake the map of food production and food distribution, in the continent and in the world.
We are interested in papers that address the following broad topics and themes:
• The political economy of land grabbing
• The discourse and contested meaning of “empty lands”, “unoccupied lands” or “underused lands”
• The role of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds (notably from Europe and the Gulf States), private equity funds as well as financial institutions in land grabbing
• The role of transnational institutions such as (World Bank, USAID, FAO, EU, African Development Bank etc..) in shaping the discourse of land deal politics
• The role of “south-south” land grabbing particularly by China, Brazil, India and South Africa
• The role of domestic capital, government investment corporations and local elites in land grabbing
• The presumed delivery of jobs, technological transfer and local development that arise from large-scale land deals
• The impact of land grabbing on poverty, local food security, landlessness and environmental degradation
• The multitude of ways in which social movements contest land grabbing for the right to life and livelihoods, local resources, and sustainable development
Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length. Authors should send their material with the abstract attached as a Word document. Please be sure to include the following: full name, university affiliation, contact information and the title of your abstract to the Guest Editor:
Dr. Fassil Demissie, Public Policy Studies,
DePaul University, 2352 Clifton Ave, Suite 150,
Chicago, IL 60614.
Deadlines: Submission of Abstracts, May 30, 2012. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 30, 2012.
Final paper due October 20, 2012.
Papers will be published in African Identities
Dr. Fassil Demissie
Public Policy Studies
DePaul University, 2352 Clifton Ave, Suite 150
Chicago, IL 60614
773-325-7356 Email: email@example.com
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