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Call for papers: Second European Students’ Conference in African Studies

Plenary at the first European Students' Conference in African Studies

Plenary at the first European Students' Conference in African Studies

Under the theme "African Present", the Second European Students' Conference in African Studies (23-25 June 2022, Basel) aims to challenge the binary temporal positions – past and future – in which Africa tends to be discussed and proposes to think in notions of contemporaneity. The conference is organized by students at the Universities of Basel and Geneva. The deadline for submissions in 5 January 2022.

The Second European Conference in African Studies (SESCAS) is a project developed by students from both the African Studies Master of the University of Basel as well as that of the University of Geneva. It builds on the initial 2007 experience, which attracted almost 100 participants coming from diverse European universities. SESCAS aims to increase the exchange among master students from the African Studies programs at a European level. It incites critical discussion and the creation of networks within Switzerland and Europe.

Theme: African Present

This conference encourages master students in African Studies across the European continent to investigate Africa’s present through critical approaches. Africa tends to be discussed in binary temporal positions – past and future. As a result, we continuously repeat narratives of and about the past, subsequently lacking the possibility to dispute concepts such as Africa in crisis and Black futurism. This conference aims to challenge the aforementioned dualities and think in notions of contemporaneity. Concretely it entails research on epistemological strands like decolonial practices in knowledge production (positionality, gatekeeping, othering, etc), critics of neo-colonial projects (humanitarianism, the continent as the world´s laboratory, Anthropocene and capitalist ecologies), questions of provenance and restitution, as well as studies on LGBTQIA+, gender, migration, labour relations, and land rights.

Deadline for proposals: 5 January 2022