Subject: CFP – ECAS-5 Panel “Hidden dimensions: demographic trends and sexual culture in contemporary Africa”
Jon Abbink and Akinyinka Akinyoade of the African Studies Centre Leiden, the Netherlands (www.asceiden.nl) organize a panel for the upcoming 5th European Conference on African Studies (Lisbon, June 27-29, 2013) on demographic trends and sexual and reproductive culture in Africa, a subject in need of in-depth study in relation to socio-economic growth processes, resource use, cultural aspects, and reproductive health and policy issues.
This panel is about recent trends in demography and sexual & reproductive culture in Africa, set against historical patterns, social practices and cultural ideologies. Papers will be on demography vs. socio-economic growth and resource use, on cultural norms and values around gender relations and the ‘politics of gender’, on reproductive health, and on policy issues raised by growth rates often considered as problematic. African population growth is very substantial and raises questions of an economic, political, ecological and social nature, both among ordinary people and in policy circles.
We propose to present and analyze some recent trends in the demographic trajectories and the sexual and reproductive cultures in Africa, set against historical patterns, social practices and cultural ideologies. The panel hosts papers on how demographic trends relate to economic growth and resource use, on what the relation is between cultural representations and ideologies on the one hand and reproductive health and gender roles on the other, and on which political and policy issues are at play in population issues in African societies as well as in 'developmentalist' approaches of both 'donor countries' and African governments. Both case studies and more general papers are welcome.
We have four paper presenters already, but additional ones are welcome. Please send your title and abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org and also submit the information to the website: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/ecas/ecas2013/paperproposal.php5?PanelID=1893.
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