Northwestern University Program of African Studies Working Group for State, Society and Development Graduate Student Conference
State, Society and Development in Africa:
Bridging Disciplines and Methodology
This conference is intended as an opportunity for graduate students with research interests in Africa to present and discuss research at any stage in a cross-disciplinary setting. We are interested in fostering conversation regarding the disciplinary, methodological, geographical, and temporal concerns that inform approaches to the broad topics of State, Society and Development.
The main themes of State, Society and Development are intentionally broad, and we welcome a wide range of papers. This conference intends to include both modern economic and political scientific, quantitative approaches to economic development, legal structures, and political structures. We are also interested in research that considers the ways in which issues of the state and national or international markets and structures interact with social and cultural concerns. For example, how did non-elite merchants influence colonial policy regarding export production and market? What novel perspectives can we invoke for understanding the history of underdevelopment in various regions of Africa? What are the ways in which international development projects interact with local issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class?
In addition to a range of topics, we welcome papers from all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, from all time periods, including contemporary and pre-colonial, focusing on any region of Africa, and using any methodological approach. Preference will be given to papers that speak to inter-disciplinary audiences.
Panels will be organized thematically, and every effort will be made to assemble diverse panels that approach similar themes from differing temporal, geographical, disciplinary, or methodological perspectives.
Please send abstracts (max. 1 page double-spaced) to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Abstracts should include regional and temporal focus, discipline, and methodological approach. The deadline for Abstracts is March 31.
- - Limited number of travel grants offered. Please indicate following your abstract whether you would be in need of a travel grant or whether you have institutional funds available.
- - Publication of papers will be considered by the Program of African Studies Working Papers
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