Conference VIVA AFRICA 2021

12th International Conference on African studies VIVA AFRICA 2021

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

Venue: Charles University, Faculty of Arts, room 200 and 201 and online, Jan Palach Square 1/2, Prague, Czech Republic

Date: 16–⁠17 September 2021

Keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni (short bio)

Conference program: for download

Book of abstracts: for download

Access: The conference is held both physically and online. All active participants are going to receive the program with ZOOM links to each section of the conference automatically. Broad and academic public, especially students are most welcome to attend physically or online. Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the conference ZOOM links. Please, do not forget to give your full name and affiliation in your request.

Annual general meeting of the CAAS is going to take place Wed 15 Sept. 2021 at 1pm in the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, nám. Jana Palacha 2. room 200 and online (all members invited via e-mail)

The call for papers for VIVA AFRICA 2021 for download

Conference website

 

About VIVA AFRICA

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Strong efforts have been made since 2006 to establish a new tradition of African Studies in the Czech Republic by organizing an annual conference focused on various disciplines concerning Africa. Since we can see an extensive academic interest in African Studies research in our country, the decision has been made to provide a wider platform for presenting results of primary research. Nowadays, VIVA AFRICA conference is jointly co-organised by the Czech Association for African Studies, University of Hradec Králové, the Metropolitan University Prague and Cultura Africa association. 

Active participants (paper givers) are anthropologists, historians, linguists, political scientists, sociologists and other researchers. The conference is open for professors, academic scholars, PhD. students, and other specialists who have Africa as their field of study, and who want to present results of their primary research. Especially M.A. students of African studies are welcome as observers. 

The conference takes place in the form of plenary sessions. The scientific programme begins with the keynote address by an acknowledged scholar and clusters of paper presentations follow. Each paper is allocated approx. 20 minutes. The scholarly programme of the first day is usually followed by a toast of welcome, launch of new books and the reception. 

For further information see www.vivaafrica.cz

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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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