African Studies Association of the UK biennial conference University of Sussex, 9 – 11 September 2014 Progress in Africa. In this panel, we wish to discuss the new forms and ideologies of progress that are emerging in various contexts in Africa. What notions of progress are being, implicitly or explicitly, promoted and in what way do they produce new moralities, powers, subjectivities, and identities? Every conceptualization of progress encodes its own values and its own agenda. The study of models of progress can serve to explain who we are, what we do, and the underlined powers that give meaning to the way we advance in our lives. This panel is intended to work as a platform to think about heterogeneous modes of progress, their implications and impacts. Particular attention will be given to case studies that address the consensual or rather conflicting versions of progress constituted in and for Africa. Papers are therefore welcome on (but not confined to): - Disputed conceptions of progress; - The materiality of progress; - Progress and postcoloniality; - Progress vs. Development; - Progress and power; - Progress and religion; - Progress and the constitution of elites; - The role of progress in the construction and imagination of future orders; - Ecology and the cultivation of progress; - The moralization of progress; - The ideology of sustainability and the production of idea(l)s of progress; - Ethnographies of progress. Please submit original abstracts and, in an advanced stage, full papers on the general topic of production and reproduction of national, regional, local, political, religious, ethical, or ethnic forms of progress in Africa. You can submit your abstract of no more than 250 words through ASAUK’s online system (http://www.asauk.net/conferences/asauk14.shtml). The call for papers will close on 25th April 2014.
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