The ASAUK biennial conference will be held at the University of Sussex and will run from 2pm on Tuesday Sept 9th to 3.30 pm on Thursday 11th September 2014.
We have had an excellent response to the call for panels and an exciting range of panels on a diverse range of topics has been proposed. We are grateful to the individuals, journals, centres and networks who have offered panels and in particular for the streams (linked panels on a theme) which will run throughout the conference.
9th September 2014
Africa in Words will host readings by writers at the University of Sussex from 12.30
The conference panels begin at 2pm and panels will be followed by a welcome reception with food and refreshments in the evening.
Culture Stream Keynote
Audrey Gadzekpo - Ghana Muntie; London is Calling: Historicising Cultural Production from a Radio Memoir
Labour, Insecurity and Violence in South Africa Stream Keynote - Peter Alexander
10th September 2014
Literature Stream Keynote
Kwani - From Literary Network to Continental Publisher
Congo Stream Keynote
The Anglican Church of Congo: A Local and International Church
Journal of African Studies Annual Lecture
Following four sets of panels on 10th September, the conference keynote will be given in the evening by Walter Bgoya, managing director of Mkuki na Nyota (independent scholarly publishing company in Dar es Salaam)
11th September 2014
Presidential Address by Steph Newell
African Studies Across Disciplines
The Conference panels will finish at 3pm.
50 Years of independence: Reflections on the Role of Progressive African Intellectuals
From the early days of the Pan African movement to the independences struggles of the 60s, African intellectuals played a decisive role, mobilising and organising African resistance against colonialism. Half a century after the majority of African countries have gained independence, how do African intellectuals measure up when judged against Julius Nyerere's exhortation that:
intellectuals have a special contribution to make to the development of our nation, and to Africa. And I am asking that their knowledge, and the greater understanding that they should possess, should be used for the benefit of the society.
In my keynote address, I shall reflect upon my own intellectual history. Attending a missionary school in a remote rural area in Tanzania during the colonial period, as a student in the U. S (1961-1965) thrust into civil rights activism and following my return to Tanzania, working with the national publisher and the liberation movements across Southern Africa. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) was an important site of anti imperialist politics. Marxist and non-Marxist scholars at UDSM debated Nyerere's socialism (Ujamaa), a variant of "African socialism", and produced a body of literature that offered new perspectives in African political discourses. A number of works from that period including Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Issa Shivji's Class Struggle in Tanzania, and Race, Class and Imperialism edited by Yash Tandon, remain relevant decades after they were published.
African literature and African publishing were just as fiercely debated as politics. The key issues from this time - content and form, indigenous versus multinational publishing, African languages in African writing - remain intractable. My work as head of Tanzania Publishing House (1972 - 1990) and as managing director Mkuki na Nyota Publishers (1991) have been a continual engagement with these issues. The establishment of the African Books Collective (ABC) has in many ways been a response to these debates, and has sought to offer African publishers collective self-reliance.
The keynote will be followed by the ASAUK conference dinner held at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Stadium, a short walk from campus. Transport to the conference dinner will be provided. The Audrey Richards Prize and the Distinguished Africanist award will be announced at the conference dinner.
- Congo Research Network (Katrien Pype and Reuben Loffman)
- Culture Stream (Carli Coetzee / JACS)
- African utopias/dystopias (Critical African Studies)
- Publishing (Stephanie Kitchen / IAI)
- Literature Stream (Ranka Primorac)
- From Global Crisis to African Rising? (ROAPE)
- Labour, Insecurity and Violence in South Africa (Maxim Bolt and Dina Rajak / JSAS)
- Lusophone Africa (Toby Green)
- Sudan (Ahmed Al-Shahi)
Panels at the conference will be an hour and a half long and we would recommend no more than 3 papers per panel to allow time for questions and debate.
Culture Stream Keynote - Professor Audrey Gadzekpo
Title - TBC
Professor Audrey Gadzekpo is Associate Professor at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana and chair of the governing board of the Ghana Integrity Initiative. She earned her BA from the University of Ghana, MA from Brigham Young University, USA and PhD from University of Birmingham, UK. In 2005, she was a visiting scholar at the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University. She is also a journalist, having edited news magazine programs and hosted radio and television discussions. She has published extensively on the media and has articles in journals such as Review of African Political Economy and African Media Review.
Congo Research Network Stream Keynote – Dr Yossa Way
Title - TBC
Dr. Yossa Way has published widely on Protestantism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). His work has examined questions pertaining to the Anglican Church’s role in development in the Congo as well as its political commitments in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country. He has also written biographies of numerous African Christians for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography, which is an extremely valuable resource and is available at www.DACB.org. Dr. Way is currently the Academic Dean of the Anglican University of the Congo at Bunia, Ituri having recently been a professor there from 2012-2013. Dr. Way’s theological and sociological research has been rooted in his extensive experience of working professionally with the Anglican Church in the Congo. He has served in a number of high-profile roles, including as the Vicar-General of the diocese of Kinshasa from 2009-2010 as well as the Dean of All Saints Cathedral in the diocese of Aru, in Ituri, from 2005-2006.
Stream Keynote on Labour, Insecurity and Violence in South Africa by Professor Peter Alexander
Title - TBC
Professor Peter Alexander is professor of sociology and South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg. His first love is comparative labour history, and he has published extensively on the history of Witbank coal miners.
In recent years he has focussed his research on, first, social identity; secondly, Class, specifically in Soweto; and, thirdly, South Africa’s rebellion of the poor.
In 2012, Alexander started research in Marikana two days after the massacre. His concern to get the workers’ story, led to the ‘discovery’ of a second killing site, where the police had slaughtered 14 workers. This was followed by further research and publication of the co-authored Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a case to Answer. First published by Jacana (South Africa), this book has since been revised, extended and translated, appearing under the imprint of Bookmarks (UK), Ohio University Press (US) and Mandelbaum (Austria). This keynote is sponsored by the Journal of Southern African Studies, in memory of Colin Murray.
To submit a paper for the ASAUK Conference you need to register via the link below. Once you have registered you can then log into the online submission system and submit your paper.
Once you have registered on the conference website you will need to log in click on "Click here to make a new submission" and you will be presented with a list of the panels currently proposed for the ASAUK Conference. Please select the panel into which you wish to submit your paper and click next to proceed. Papers can also be submitted independent of any of the panels currently proposed.
All papers require abstracts of no more than 250 words.
It is worth noting that you can use your one email and password to propose several papers. Should you wish to amend your personal or paper details you can this by logging into the system at any time up until the close of submissions.
We do not require you to submit a full paper in advance, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. The call for papers will close on 25th April 2014.
There are a number of different registration rates. Discounted rates are offered to full members of the African Studies Association UK (please note that associate members of the association are not entitled to attend the conference at member rates). If you are not already information on ASAUK membership is available here.
Please note that if booking with meals this will include a three course conference dinner on the 10th and lunches on the 10th and 11th.
Accommodation includes only the nights of the 9th and 10th of September.
You can register for the conference via the below link.
|Students ASAUK Members
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th)||£135
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and shared facilities Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£200|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£220|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and ensuite Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£240|
|Students & Delegates from African Universities|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th)||£160
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and shared facilities Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£225|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£245
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and ensuite Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£265|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th)||£190
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and shared facilities Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£255|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£275|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th) and ensuite Accommodation (nights of the 9th and 10th)||£295|
|Conference With Meals (Conference dinner on 10th / Lunch on the 10th and 11th)||£260
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If you have any queries please contact David Kerr: