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Call for panels: Swiss Researching Africa Days 2018

26.-27. October 2018, University of Bern

The 5th edition of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will take place on Friday and Saturday October 26–27, 2018 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 and 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 sub-mitted before the 30 March 2018 to Didier Péclard ( The organizers of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will inform by 20 April 2018 which panels are accepted and then launch the call for papers.

Call for posters
One of our aims is to present on-going or recently completed PhD research on a topic related to Africa at Swiss universities. The organizers invite researchers to submit a scientific poster (size A0, vertical orientation) on their PhD research for the Swiss Researching Africa Days. There will be time slots for the presentation of the posters during the conference. The posters will also be compiled as an electronic reader to be published on the website of the Swiss Society for African Studies. Please submit proposals for posters (pdf) to Veit Arlt ( The deadline for submission is 30 May 2018. The organizing committee will decide on the acceptance of submitted poster proposals and confirm by 30 June 2018.

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 26 October 2018.

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

Further information:CfP Swiss Researching Africa Days (pdf)