Call for Papers: African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) Conference

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) is hosting its second biennial conference on African Studies and Global Politics at The University of Ghana, Legon on October 12-14, 2017.


There can be no question that the study of African societies and lives from an Africanist perspective is more imperative than ever before given today’s global politics. Recent events and reforms in Africa in the direction of political pluralism, sustainable development and democratic consolidation have revitalized global interests about African cosmologies.

The 2017 Biennial Conference of ASAA invites proposals for individual paper presentations and panels under the following themes, but not limited to them:


  • African Agency in International Relations
  • Democratic Consolidation and Discourses of Development
  • Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and African Lives
  • Cyber security, fake news and Prospects for Indigenous African Democracies  The movement of African peoples and Citizenship(s)
  • Refugee Crises in War-torn Regions
  • Social Movements, Social Media and Talking Back
  • International Cooperation and the Challenges of Pandemic Diseases
  • Pan-Africanism, African Unity and the African Union
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063
  • New Right-wing movements and Racism in Europe, America and Asia
  • Africans in the Trump Era
  • Debt, Reparations, Aid and Trade
  • Contemporary Religious Movements
  • Health, Vulnerabilities and Healing
  • The Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Droughts and the Environment
  • Humanitarianism and the White Saviour Complex
  • A Sexuality Agenda: Rights, Rhetoric and Citizenship
  • Neo-conservatism and Women’s Leadership
  • Decolonizing Intellectualism and Educational Movements
  • Internationalising Education; Impact Factors, the “Africa Campus” and Knowledge Systems
  • Music, Dance and Film: Revivals and Appropriations
  • Institutional and Non-Institutional Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) was established in 2013 during the climax of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, to promote Africa’s own specific contributions to the advancement of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora. The ASAA is currently the only multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary professional association on the continent dedicated to the study of Africa from an Africanist perspective, what Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, referred to as studying our societies and experiences in an African-centred way.

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The deadline for paper and panel proposals is May 31st 2017.

Individual Paper Proposals

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include the following: name, email address and institutional affiliation(s) of author(s); the title of the proposed paper; main arguments; data and methodology; and major findings if applicable.

Panel Proposals

The panel proposal should identify the sub-theme and include the following: panel title; the names/email addresses and institutional affiliations of the participants (no more than 5); abstracts of no more than 250 words for each participant; and the name, email address and institutional affiliation of a discussant if applicable.

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: May 31st 2017

Notice of Acceptance: July 14th, 2017