Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Africa and the African Diaspora
The 7th annual Africanist Graduate Student Research conference at Michigan State University is seeking graduate student presenters to report on new and innovative ways of addressing the study of Africa and the African Diaspora. The conference provides an opportunity for graduate students to discuss their research, receive constructive feedback, network with other students and scholars, and sharpen their presentation skills within a constructive and supportive colloquium.
The organizing committee invites papers from all academic disciplines and from all approaches to the study of Africa, Africans, and the intersections of the continent and the global diaspora. Our topic challenges student scholars and teachers to consider how they use multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Africa and Africans. Contributions can explore areas of research including but are not limited to gender, policy, politics, society, culture, media, health, economy, and diaspora. In an effort to produce relevant as well as reflexive research, we also encourage scholars to respond to the questions of how their research contributes to the development of Africanist research and pedagogy as prospective professors and innovators in the field. The committee welcomes research proposals, research designs, dissertation or thesis chapters, methodological models, works in progress, outlines of dissertations, preliminary research findings or poster presentations from any academic discipline within African studies.
We are also looking for experienced graduate students to serve as discussants for the panels. Interested discussants willing to provide insightful, integrative responses to panel presentations should be ABD.
Abstracts Due: May 31, 2013
Email submissions and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts should include the authorís name, paper title, mailing address, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number. In 300 words or less, provide a clearly identifiable thesis, information on methods and/or sources used, and describe the significance of the research to your field. Please also identify three keywords. A $25 conference fee will be payable upon acceptance. Interested discussants should send a curriculum vitae that includes areas of specialization. There is no conference fee for discussants.
Students may also consider submitting a panel proposal, including an abstract for the panel and an abstract for each paper presenter. The panel abstract should include a statement about the panel topic and a brief summary of the arguments to be explored by contributing papers.
At this time we cannot guarantee travel funding for applicants, however if you wish to be considered for a travel award, please submit your abstract by May 31, 2013. Please also explore other funding options upon submission. International students requiring letters of invitation and sufficient time to secure funding and visas should also submit early. We will require attendance confirmation by August 30, 2013. Accepted papers should be submitted by September 20, 2013 to allow discussants ample preparation time.
For more information, please join our facebook group: MSU Africanist Graduate Student Conference.
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