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Call: 3rd European Students' Conference on African Studies

Participants of the second european students conference on african studies held in Basel in 2022

Are you a Master's student or recent graduate? Have you researched or worked on academic projects relating to Africa? Then, join the 3rdEuropean Students' Conference in African Studies at the University of Basel from the 29-30 August 2024!

The goal of the 3rd European Students’ Conference on African Studies is to bring together Masters’ students studying and researching Africa at European universities, fostering a network and exchange among the student bodies at these institutions. It aims to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, offering a platform for emerging scholars to share insights, challenge conventional boundaries, and delve into Africa's significance on the global stage.

We invite Masters’ students and recent graduates from all disciplines to present their ongoing Masters’ projects or recently completed Masters’ theses, or other projects related to African Studies. From cultural heritage to economic innovations, from political dynamics to sustainable development, from legal studies to information technology – this conference encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and critical examination of the past, present and future of African Studies in Europe.

By exploring various perspectives and approaches, we aim at addressing current challenges and contributing to a deeper understanding of African Studies, its significance in the global context, and its contribution to the disciplines. Whether your research focuses on history, global health, literature, development, arts, or any other field in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and beyond - the student’s conference provides you with a platform for engaging in critical discussions, meaningful exchange of ideas, and widening your personal network. Join us as we embark on a journey to better understand the complexities of African Studies in Europe (and beyond).

Conditions: The cost of participation in the conference is CHF 50.- (approx EUR 50.-). This amount corresponds to the cost of lunch and coffee breaks. We are raising funds to cover the cost of the conference and expect to be in a position to offer at least partial support for the cost of accommodation and travel on application. Please check whether your university can support your participation in the conference.

Language: The main language of the event is English, nevertheless we also welcome presentations in French, Portuguese and German as long as you provide a substantial handout and a Power Point in English.

Submission of papers: Please submit your abstract (300-400 words) via our submission form latest by 2 May 2024:


Join us as volunteer or team member: We are a small team of four, meeting every Friday morning from 10:15-12:00 at the Centre for African Studies Basel. If you want to join the organising team, please get in touch with us. Also, we will need helping hands on the days of the conference, and we need multiplieers who help us spreading this call for abstracts, and later the programme and call for registrations via social media, mail and word by mouth. By all means, we ask you to save the date in your agenda so that we can enjoy the conference together.

Organizing team: Catharina Deeg, Aileen Diewald, Wahab Lawundeh, and Fabian Zesiger