CFP Asian Studies in Africa: the Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction

Afri-asiaCFP Asian Studies in Africa: the Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction

This inaugural and first biennual conference of the the pan-African Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA) will take place from 15-17 January 2015 in Accra Ghana. The deadline for the call for panels, roundtables and papers is 1 April 2014.

Organised by A-ASIA in cooperation with the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), « Asian Studies in Africa » will be the first ever conference held in Africa to bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia  and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions.

The conference, through panels and roundtables, will seek to assess the prospects for Asian Studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such an enterprise will  raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’, as it has been developed mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia?

In addition, the conference will feature a special A-ASIA/ICAS Africa-Asia Book Prize

We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, papers and book presentations in the fields of Asian-African interactions studies.

Deadline and submission forms 
Proposals should be submitted in English, French or Portugese by online submission form before 1 April 2014.

All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals should clearly outline the methodological approach(es) taken and whether they contribute to the theoretical and/or empirical objectives of the conference (for guidelines see the submission form).

The online submission forms and guidelines are availbale on the conference website.

Those whose proposals have been accepted will be notified by 1 June 2014.
The working languages of the conference will be English, French and Portuguese, but all power point presentations must be in English.

More infomations about the Organisers, travel funds, deadlines here


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