Call for Papers Viva Africa 2021

Charles University in cooperation with University of Hradec Králové and Palacký University Olomouc under the auspices of The Czech Association of African Studies is announcing call for papers for Viva Africa 2021 conference.

Theme: Africa and (the Other) Europe: Imageries – Discourses – Exchanges

The conference will take place on 16–⁠17 September 2021 at Charles University in Prague.

Twelfth VIVA AFRICA conference invites participants to engage in a discussion of mutual encounters, inventions, constructions and relations of all kinds taking place between Africa and Europe, in the past, present and future. Especially – although by no means exclusively – we invite scholars studying the exchanges and entanglements between African countries and those parts of Europe that are not conventionally associated with colonialism (e. g. most of Central and Eastern Europe), but which have nonetheless participated in global economic and cultural transfers, benefited from them and developed their own colonial imageries and discourses, and which have, by the virtue of their lack of an official colonial history, only recently been drawn into the discussions on postcoloniality and decolonization. One of the aims is to give more nuance to the postcolonial debate that tends to use reified notions of ‘Europe’ as simply part of the ‘West’ or the ‘global North’, forgetting about ongoing, if more subtle, developments between European countries ‘without colonies’ and the African continent.

The conference seeks to shed light on the nature of the exchange of ideas, knowledge, goods, cultural artifacts and people under various political and economic circumstances and regimes of imagination and knowledge production between Africa and Europe. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes submissions on current as well as historical topics from diverse academic as well as regional and cultural perspectives. Comparative approaches are especially appreciated.

Please, send your abstract of max. 250 words before 30 April 2021 (deadline extended) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For full call for papers see here.

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Conference and presentation on migration

We would like to invite to two events on the topic of migration in Prague.

The first event is a presentation by Zuzana Uhde on Transnational migration in Africa: Uganda in global geopolitical context at the Institute of Sociology on Thursday 17 Octobre at 4 pm. The presentation is in Czech.

For further information visit the link.

The second event is the conference organized by Zuzana Uhde, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Petra Ezzeddine, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University as part of the Research Programme "Global Conflict and Local Interactions" of the Strategy AV21.

The conference aims to discuss how the changing political economy of migration interacts with emerging global governance for migration. It will take place on Friday 25 October 2019 at Academic conference centre, Husova 4a, Prague 1.

For more information and registration follow this link.

 

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Basel Summer School in African Studies

The Centre for African Studies Basel (ZASB) calls for applications for the 4th Basel Summer School in African Studies (9-13 September 2019):

The Value(s) of Science. The normative order of African Studies

The Basel Summer School in African Studies 2019 addresses the issue of the normative order in African Studies. Science is a highly normative enterprise in that its ultimate goal, producing knowledge to render the world intelligible, constitutes a broad commitment to some notion of a better world. Part of the challenge of doing African Studies, therefore, should be a commitment to uncovering the values underlying science not to dispose of them, but to harness them to even better research. The title of the Summer School is cast purposefully in an ambiguous way. On the one hand, it speaks to the fundamental value of science and, on the other hand, to how interests come together to lend legitimacy and purpose to science. The basic goal of the Summer School is to address this ambivalence by inviting proposals which look into "the value(s) of science" from several angles:

· Which values underlie development research and how do they affect methodological choices?

· How do ethical commitments shape how researchers frame their research?

· Is there a politics of Western epistemology and, if so, what would be a scientific Asian Studies' approach to problematize it?

· What is the precise methodological argument behind decolonial calls for delinking?

· How do the values of science inform its value?

· What role is played by ideological commitments in the validation of knowledge?

· How do ideas of a better life or world inform research projects?

Advanced Study Skills workshop: Composing Attractive Abstracts

The half-day Advanced Study Skills workshop offers guidance on the content, structure and language conventions of conference and research article abstracts in the social sciences and humanities. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have gained independence inwriting ready-to-submit abstracts for conferences or journals.

Application

Participants will be selected on the strength and merits of a two-page application in which they choose one of the key questions listed above and explain how their research relates to it. In addition, applications should include a CV of the applicant.

Practical information

The summer school is open for PhD students enrolled in Switzerland and abroad. The fee for participation is CHF 100. It includes snacks and lunch on the five course days. Transportation and accommodation is not included. Participants will thus need to source adequate funding from their home institution if necessary.

The deadline for application is 5 August 2019.

Official call is available here.

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