Call for Thematic Streams ASAUK 2018

Call for Thematic Streams ASAUK 2018

Call for Thematic Streams 

The next ASAUK conference will be held on 11-13 September 2018 at the University of Birmingham.

Stream organisers are responsible for organising at least two thematically linked panels, with a panel normally consisting of a minimum of three paper presenters and one chair. They are also expected to respond to proposals from colleagues who wish to contribute panels or individual papers to their stream. In acknowledgement of their contribution to the success of the conference, stream organisers will also be given priority with regard to any bursaries for Africa-based scholars awarded by the ASAUK.

We are keen on receiving proposals from Africans and Africa-based scholars!

If you are interested in organising a thematic stream, please contact the organisers ( with the relevant details by 15 September 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The following thematic streams have already been proposed:

The Everyday in DR Congo: Negotiating Change and Continuity in Precarious Times

The 2018 stream invites scholars to reflect on experiences, imaginations and representations of “the everyday” in the DR Congo, past and present.

Organisers: Katrien Pype (; Toni Smith (;); Rueben Loffman (

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Celebrating the Work of Karin Barber

This stream invites panels that reflect upon Barber’s work, and offer directions for exciting new research in Anthropology and African Studies.

Organisers: Rebecca Jones (; Insa Nolte (

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90 years of the International African Institute

As the IAI’s journal Africa prepares to celebrate its 90th birthday, members of its prestigious Editorial Advisory Board offer papers exploring the journal’s distinctive contribution – its interest in and commitment to documenting ‘life on the ground’ – and proposing how it might position itself in future.

Organisers: Stephanie Kitchen (; Karin Barber (; Deborah Jones (

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Living as Women and Girls in 21st Century African Societies

This panel invites papers that interrogate the ways in which the lived experiences of women resident in Africa reflect their embodiment of intra-personal intersectional identities.

Organiser: Alease Brown (

More information will follow soon:

Constitutions, Law and Justice

Panels might include – social and economic rights; pro bono lawyering; African legal education; African women’s legal landmarks; Prof Gordon Woodman (Law Faculty, Birmingham) and his contribution to African Law.

Organiser: Ambreena Manji  (

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Muslim Written Intellectual Tradition in Africa

Muslim chronicles leave us with a picture of scholars as ideological doers who wrote informed by the developments and dialectics of their day. The writings are invaluable sources to modern scholars of African Studies. To this end, we make a Call for Papers on Muslim intellectual writing in Africa.

Organisers: Mohamed Mathee (; Bruce Hall (

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Africa Reads

We invite panel proposals on readers of African language literatures, and on local discourses about the social meanings of reading, as well as on generational shifts in reading patterns.

Organiser: Carli Coetzee (; Rebecca Jones (

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The Infrastructure Question

Physical infrastructure is at the top of the policy agenda across Africa. The investment is made in a dynamical space – many interconnected and fast-changing nodes. Consequently, most challenges of infrastructure do not admit long-term closed solutions. We must ask, to what extent must we confront the reality of dynamical space of infrastructure investment at the start of projects?

Organiser: World Road Association; Fred Amonya (

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Lagos Studies Association 

Established in 2017, the Lagos Studies Association is an international, interdisciplinary organization of academic and non-academic practitioners whose interest focus on Lagos and its peoples. Their members include scholars, students, activists, artists, teachers, donors, policymakers, and development professionals. Through exchanges between academic and non-academic practitioners, they anticipate deepening the rigor of contemporary scholarship as well as encouraging the integration of critical and thought-provoking questions into non-academic projects on Lagos.

Organisers:  Saheed Aderinto (, Oliver Coates (

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Challenges and Survival Strategies within the Neoliberal Context for a Civilized Africa

his thematic stream looks for articles from anywhere in Africa, which focus on challenges, responses and survival strategies of African grassroots communities as they negotiate for their survival within the neoliberal context. Papers presenting evidences of creation of new civilizations in Africa at whatever stage are also welcome.

Organisers: Rasel Madaha ( or; Rosemarie Mwaipopo (; Rose Shayo (; Christopher Zambakari (

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Precarious prospects: corridors, grabs and extractions at the pastoral margins

This stream invites contributions on the drivers, implications and outcomes of large-scale investments in infrastructure, land and resources in pastoralist areas. Long neglected by states and global capital, a wave of investment over the past decade in these areas has generated a new spatial politics. Panels in this stream will explore, theoretically and empirically, the intersection between recent large-scale investments and local politics and livelihoods at the pastoral margins.

Organisers : Jeremy Lind (; Ian Scoones (

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The Environment in Contemporary African Literature, Film, Music and Art

This thematic stream aims to bring together theoretical and critical discussions on the different ways African creative writers, film-makers, musicians and artists have (or have not) imagined the African environment or the global environmental crisis.

Organiser: Douglas E. Kaze (

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Text, paratext and context in African autobiographical narratives

In this thematic stream we will focus on text, paratext and context in autobiographical narratives from Africa. We welcome paper proposals that deal with African autobiographical narrative in whatever form – published, online, oral –, and in principle from any discipline or from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Organisers: Tom Odhiambo (; Godwin Siundu ( or; Inge Brinkman (

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The Politics of Development in Africa

Organiser: Jonathan Fisher (

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Slavery in African Societies

Organiser: Benedetta Rossi (

More information will follow soon.

Legal Bureaucracies

Organisers: Jessica Johnson (, Maxim Bolt (, George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane ()

More information will follow soon.

Marriage in Africa

Organisers: Kate Skinner (; Benjamin Lawrance (

More information will follow soon.

Gender and Sexuality 

Organisers: Juliet Gilbert (  ; Thomas Hendriks (


Please note:

  • ASAUK conferences do not limit participants’ contributions, and conference participants are allowed to present as many papers as are accepted by the organisers. Participants are also allowed to take on multiple duties as chairs and discussants.
  • We are not yet able to provide the final prices for conference attendance but we expect to publish an indicative price list in September 2017.
  • The ASAUK is run solely by volunteers. Income from the conference pays for the cost of the hosting university’s infrastructure, organisation, subsidies for student presenters, bursaries for Africa-based scholars, prices, and the Association’s support of UK-African collaboration through Writing Workshops and Teaching Fellowships.
  • Calls for single panels and individual papers will be published from September 2017.

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