Image: ECAS Conference in Leiden, Jos Damen 2007
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The 9th European Conference of African Studies will be held in Cologne (Germany) from 31 May - 3 June 2023. ECAS9 is organized by the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne) and the IARA, Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa, University of Leuven, under the theme of African Futures. For more information see the ECAS 2023 website.
“African Futures” aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements. The continent has been characterized as a laboratory of the future, as the last frontier of capitalism, with living realities based on concepts and practices of multiplicity, circulation, and flexibility. While the West appears to be self-provincializing, Africa is expanding. Africa is on the move – it always has been.
Grand narratives about Africa have always been characterized by controversial visions of its future. The current optimistic outlook that celebrates “Africa rising,” and the emergence of new African middle-classes, is countered by warnings of a new scramble for Africa. Local modernist visions are presented as expressions of renewed African self-confidence, but also denounced as utopian dreamscapes that tend to ignore complex contemporary realities. Increasingly, the continent is perceived as an experimental field for global tomorrows.
Conference organised by AEGIS member Africa Platform of Ghent University Association in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape. 13-14 November 2023, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. See more details and call for papers here.
AEGIS member ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, invites applications for an intensive two-week workshop in Kenya from 29 June – 10 July, focused on qualitative research methodologies applied to the afterlives of a Finnish-Kenyan water infrastructure project in Kakamega, western Kenya, known as Kefinco. Application deadline 30 April 2023. Read more here.
A post-doctoral research position (three years, 100%) for a case study in Sierra Leone, is available within the ERC-funded project ‘DigID – Doing Digital Identities’, based at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Northern Germany. Deadline 24 April 2023. Read more here.
The Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main and the German Research Foundation (DFG) have established the ‘Programme Point Sud’ in order to fund Africa-related workshops and conferences in the humanities and social sciences, based on partnerships between German and African academic institutions. Deadline for a 6-page proposal is 24th May 2023. Read more here.