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Call: Swiss Researching Africa Days 2020 (October 23-24 2020)

SSAS (Swiss Society for African Studies)

The 6th edition of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will take place on Friday and Saturday October 23-24 2020 at the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern. The Researching Africa Days are held bi-annually alternating with the international thematic conferences of the Swiss Society for African Studies. They are open to all disciplines representing African Studies. The objective of the meeting is to promote the exchange among the community of researchers working on Africa in Switzerland. Its goals are to

  • present current research projects of MA- and doctoral students, post-docs and senior scholars;
  • enhance the circulation of relevant information between these actors and the respective institutions;
  • offer a platform for synergies and collaboration;
  • enhance the visibility of African Studies in Switzerland, the universities and research institutions;
  • promote the institutionalisation of African Studies.

Call for panels

The organizers invite proposals for panels of 90 minutes’ duration. Panel proposals should include a call for papers for the panel proposed (1/2 page), name, address and institutional affiliation/function of the convenor(s). A list of possible participants may be added. However, panels should be open to submission of suitable papers. We encourage panels organized by and composed of researchers from different Swiss universities, research groups and stages of the academic career. Panel proposals should be submitted before the 31 January 2020 to Didier Péclard ( The organizers of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will inform by 9 March 2020 which panels are accepted and then launch the call for papers.

General assembly of the SSAS/SGAS/SSEA

The general assembly of the society will be held in the framework of the Swiss Researching Africa Days on Friday evening 23 October 2020.


For the Board of the SSAS/SGAS/SSEA: Didier Péclard, Tobias Haller and Veit Arlt
For the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne: Tobias Haller