The program committee invites graduate students to submit proposals for papers, presentations, or performances attending to any aspect of the theme “in and out of Africa.”

Course Level: Call for Papers

To be taken at (country): Boston, Massachusetts

About the Award:  Possibilities for approaching the conference’s theme include, but are not limited to:

  • • Human mobilities in and out of Africa: flows, (im)migration, diaspora
  • • Extraction and injection of value and commodities: natural resources, capital, remittances, markets
  • • Circulation and exchange of epistemologies, ideologies, religions, and spiritualities
  • • Studies of health, disease, and environment: factors and outcomes in and out of Africa
  • • Export and import of aesthetic values, artistic practices, and cultural priorities in various media: visual and plastic arts, music, literature, film, theater
  • • Food and agriculture: crops, cuisines, and tastes in transit
  • • Africa “in and out” of global history, modernity, and futures, including perspectives such as Afrocentrism, Afrofuturism, and Afropessimism
  • Heteroglossic practices and Ajamization
  • • Ideologies and performances of gender and sexuality in and out of tradition and modernity
  • • Studies of empire, colonialism, decolonization, or neocolonialism as formations that have moved in and out of Africa
  • • Inter- and outer-nationalisms in Africa
  • • Ways of simultaneous being in and out of Africa: diasporic consciousness, transnational families, multinational industries

Eligibility Criteria: We welcome submissions from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or undisciplined perspective, and particularly encourage the participation of scholars of underrepresented backgrounds and identities. We further welcome proposals that engage with experimental or exploratory modes of (re)presentation and practice. Selected papers from the conference will be published in the Boston University African Studies Center series Working Papers in African Studies.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award:

  • Selected conference papers to be published in Working Papers in African Studies
  • Travel funding available for participants who are citizens of African countries

Duration of Programme: March 29-30, 2019

Method of Application:  Please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words in .pdf or .doc format) to by Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage see link below) before applying

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Scholarship Application Deadline: 22nd January 2019