The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies

(CAAS) 2022 


Theme: African Societies and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization: Practices, Challenges, Perspectives

 Location: Virtually (zoom)

Date: Congress: May 16-19, 2022

Deadline Extended to January 15, 2022!

The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) extends a special invitation to all researchers and professionals working in the field of African Studies for its next annual conference to be held at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 16-19, 2022.
The theme for the 2022 CAAS-Conference is "African Societies and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization - EDID". The conference theme aims to build on the focus of the 2021 conference on "Achieving Ubuntu: Redefining Equity, Partnership, and Social Change." The ideal of community embodied in the African philosophy of Ubuntu—"I am what I am, because of who we all are"— can only be achieved through concrete actions and programs as they attempt to be embodied in current policies dealing with EDID. Indeed, the current context is strongly marked by the increased emergence of marginalized voices that are pushing for a critical analysis of institutional, cultural and societal practices,  in Canada and internationally. For example, issues of anti-black racism, the place of First Nations, as well as the marginalization of visible minorities, and the need for the decolonization of institutions and knowledge, to name a few, are topics that require the attention of scholars and professionals in the field of African Studies.
The theme for our 2022 conference is conceived with the understanding that the issue of EDID is not experienced and addressed in the same way, nor with the same political and institutional tools, in Canada, internationally or in African societies and cultures.  By focusing on these critical issues, we hope to stimulate deeper reflections in two ways:
  • From a multidisciplinary perspective: to reflect on African societies from the point of view of the place and role played by EDID at the social and human, political, economic and cultural levels, etc.
  • From the perspective of knowledge production mechanisms: CAAS invites participants to question the role and place of EDID in African studies in Canada and in Africa as well.
In general, the CAAS 2022 conference will be a forum for a critical and constructive articulation of the practices, challenges, and perspectives of EDID in African Studies. As is the tradition, papers with an African focus are always welcome at the CAAS Conference. However, we strongly encourage potential participants to submit proposals on the conference theme: "African Societies and EDID: Practices - Challenges - Perspectives". These interdisciplinary proposals may address but are not limited to any of the following questions:
  • Concepts: What is meant by EDID in a particular context (geographic, cultural, political, etc.), field of practice, or study?
  • What are the current practices, their histories and modes of application?
  • What challenges, obstacles, and constraints are associated with the implementation or absence of EDID thinking or policies?
  • Prospects: What do we see in the near and distant future as possible changes, pathways, and challenges in the area of EDID, both in African societies and in research, teaching, and professional services in Canada?
  • Cultural implications: What is the role of cultural production as a driver of EDID?
  • Civil society: In what ways have civil society and activists propelled discourses of EDID and promoted change?
Deadline for submission of proposals: January 15, 2022.
Conference in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Given the highly uncertain context and health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held in virtual mode.
Diversity statement:
CAAS is committed to equity and diversity and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Africa-based scholars, scholars at all ranks and career stages, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. CAAS is enriched intellectually, socially and culturally by the presence and participation of people from diverse backgrounds.
In conjunction with CAAS, the Canadian Journal of African Studies is actively seeking to further diversify the journal’s content and operations, both to reflect CAAS’s membership and to engage more closely with knowledge production from the continent at the epicenter of the journal’s focus. The journal remains committed to its mandate to publish scholarship in both English and French.