Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) - Call for Panels

Conference Theme 2018 - Call for Panels

Transformations in African Environments

Date: 4 May - 6 May 2018
Location: Queen's University, 99 University Ave, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Call for Panels

Greetings Fellow African Studies Scholars

From 4-6 May 2018 CAAS is convening in Kingston at Queen’s University under the banner “Transformations in African Environments” (a very broad theme, indeed, designed not just to provide some focus but also to help us in the funding application process!). CAAS, after the great success of last year's conference at Ryerson, and still aiming to address themes of greatest importance to its members, is asking you, the conference attendees, to set the agenda by first proposing full panels around themes of interest to you. We are therefore sending out an early call, not for papers, but for panels. If you have a theme or group of scholars who wish to present on a theme or area, please submit your panel proposal by October 31, 2017. Once we have panel proposals and potential panel contributors, we will post the themes around which these are organised on our conference website and then issue a general call for papers. Paper proposers may then select the themes/panels to which they hope to contribute (from those posted) OR they can propose individual papers and allow us to do the work of organizing papers into panels (as we have done in the past). If your panel theme attracts more than four presenters/papers, we will endeavour to set up a series of panels to be held consecutively so that those interested in these themes can attend all panels on those themes.

Transformations in African Environments

Environments in Africa are changing, sometimes with dizzying speed. In biophysical terms, global climate change is expected to disproportionately affect the continent with higher average temperatures, coastal erosion, and weather extremes such as flooding and drought. Knock-on deleterious impacts will be felt upon food security, habitat/biodiversity loss, and human health. The built environment is changing as well, as the number of Africans living in urban areas is expected to triple in the next three decades, often concentrated in informal and unserviced settlements surrounding the continent’s megacities. The information and communication technology revolution is meanwhile connecting Africans in even the smallest villages to online global networks with unpredictable implications for the social, cultural, economic and political environments within Africa. As elsewhere in the world where technology is now transforming the most intimate environment of all – our bodies, our sexuality – Africans will need to adapt to cultural, political and ethical challenges. The conference this year will examine ways that these changing environments have historically, are currently, or may in future be impacting lived experience in Africa, and vice versa.

Panel Proposal Submission

The deadline for submitting panel proposals is October 31, 2017. Please submit your panel proposal to:

Each panel proposal should include a panel title and brief description (150-200 words), the name of the panel organizer(s) and of panel participants. Please provide the email addresses of all participants along with their institutional affiliations and paper titles and abstracts of 200 words. Panels should consist of no more than four papers, but we strongly encourage identifying a discussant so that all presenters will get some critical feedback for their efforts. A call for individual papers will be issued after the end of October.

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