1st Concordia–McGill Universities African Studies Conference

Application Deadline

The Department of Political Science at Concordia University, in partnership with the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, and the Political Science Graduate Students’ Association, Concordia University, presents the inaugural Concordia-McGill Universities African Studies Conference.

THEME : Deconstructing and Reconstructing Africa: Politics, Society and Economics

Africa is often presented as a paradox. Apart from being endowed with a rich mosaic of natural resources, it is also the youngest continent, demographically, making for considerable opportunity for sustainable development. Yet, Africa is bedeviled with serious challenges, including the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Ocean, climate change and natural resource depletion, slow gender mainstreaming, endemic corruption, security challenges, the ravages of pandemics like Ebola, to name a few. Thus, on all counts, in both intra- and inter- national arenas, Africa is at a crossroad in the 21st century, faced with numerous opportunities and challenges that demand serious and careful consideration.

This conference is open to Masters, PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows. We invite paper submissions that will critically reflect on Africa’s development trajectory. Papers from scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and African studies that engage in an inter-disciplinary dialogue around any of the following core themes are particularly welcome:

  • Democracy, Elections, and Regime Dynamics
  • Gender and governance
  • Political Economy and Development
  • Society and Environment
  • Conflict and Security


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submit abstract and paper titles (250 words maximum) to africanconference2017@gmail.com addressed to Antwi Boasiako, no later than Monday, 31 July 2017. Papers must be based on original research. You will receive response on your submissions by Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Invitations to participate in the conference will contain information about the conference panel to which your paper has been placed, as well as instructions on how to submit your actual conference paper, which will be due on Friday, 15 September 2017.

Following this conference, a number of the research papers will be selected for consideration for an edited volume on African Politics, Society and Economics. The faculty discussants (Professors from both Concordia and McGill Universities) of each panel will be responsible for recommending the best papers to be featured in this book project.

All questions, including those on funding, should be sent to Antwi Boasiako at africanconference2017@gmail.com. We look forward to your submission, and to welcome you to Montreal.