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Afrisem Conference

Conference: Friday, April 03, 2020 I Evanston, Illinois

CALL FOR PAPERS

AFRICA'S PLACE IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD: REIMAGINING GOVERNANCE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ART AND CULTURE

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) 

''And the green hills of Africa have come out of the past, and out of the imagination, into the present, the troubling world." James Baldwin (1962)

In his concept of "Flows," Arjun Appadurai (2000) observed that in today's globalizing world, things - "ideas and ideologies, people and goods, images and messages, technologies and techniques" - are constantly in motion and that globalization is an inherently disjunctive process that produces inequalities, injustices and problems with governance. It is in this broad understanding of globalization - the expansion and intensification of linkages and flows of people, goods, capital, ideas, and cultures across national borders - that we interrogate the position of Africa.

Our broader questions include but are not limited to:

We invite papers that address these questions in any number of ways. The papers may engage with the following themes:

Techniques of governance on the continent at the national, regional or community level

Global migration, mobilities, movement
 Infrastructure projects & nationalism & (foreign) interventionism
Science and research on and off the continent
Art and articulations of cultural identity

Papers: Accepted papers will be organized into panels, with each presenter allotted 15 minutes and time for discussion and Q&A.

Posters: Poster proposals are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Submission guidelines:
  1. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words
  2. To submit, click this link or copy into your browser: https://forms.gle/wvZ9ZCzHYNS9tSZo9

Submission deadline: February 15, 2020
Questions? Email: Afrisem@u.Northwestern.edu

  

Appadurai, Arjun. "Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination" in Public Culture, 2000, 12(1): 1- 19.

Image: Mehretu, Julie (b. 1970). Eexcerpt (citadel) (2003). Ink and acrylic on canvas. 81.5 x 137.4 cm. The Project, New York.

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