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10.06.2018 11:31 Alter: 8 days

Identities


Call for Papers

Theme: Identities
Type: 19th Annual Africa Conference
Institution: Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX (USA)
Date: 29.–31.3.2019
Deadline: 15.12.2018



Africa’s intertwined historical trajectories signals at the
imbricated nature of identities in the continent. At the same time,
the politicization of different identities for the mobilization of
diverse population groups adds another dimension to this complex
terrain. The 2019 Africa Conference intends to critically examine the
highly intricate and contested processes of identity formation and
its significance for African societies. Furthermore, the conference
will engage with discussions on identities that are intimately linked
to notions of African diaspora across the Atlantic, the
Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. The primary aim of the
conference is to reflect on the varying and varied forms of social
practices and processes through which identities are constructed,
contested, negotiated, and reconfigured in relation to one another.
Simultaneously, the conference intends to create an intellectual
space for examining the politics of identity that systematically
marginalizes, excludes, disempowers, and denudes certain social
groups. Beyond the specific emphasis on Africa, the overarching focus
of the conference is to engage with different theoretical inflections
that have emerged in the existing scholarship on imbricated
identities as well as to probe into the ways in which they have been
challenged and reformulated within the academia.

Scholars are invited to examine diverse aspects of identity formation
in Africa or within African communities. The conference intends to
address core questions such as what constitutes the different
practices of making and unmaking of identities, why various social
groups resort to identity politics of different sorts, what are the
larger implications of identity politics in African social
formations, and how socially marginalized and excluded groups invest
in identity politics to endorse right-based social movements.
Parallel to that, the conference invites inquiries about how
transnational and global currents inform the discursive formations of
various identities among Africans and the African diaspora. It
invites participants to engage with critical questions related to
nationalist formations, racial identities, politics of borderland,
linguistic and religious identities, gender identities, and sexual
minorities. Simultaneously, the conference invites discussions on
overlapping spaces of identity formation through investigations of
cosmopolitanism, hybridity, pluriversalism, and Afropolitanism. The
objective of such dialogues is to pluralize the narratives on certain
assumed and ambiguous positionalities in African societies. 

Following the tradition of past years, the conference will provide a
platform for scholars from various disciplines and geographical
locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback.
Submitted papers will be assigned to various panels according to the
similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus.
Thematically focused panel proposals (with 3-5 participants) are
highly encouraged. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and
present papers. The broader goal of the conference is to publish
selected papers in a series of book volumes.  

We invite submissions on the following sub-themes, in addition to
other ideas that the participants may have:


- Theoretical inflections on identities  
- Ethnic identity politics in Africa
- Nationalist formations and Africa’s past and present
- Citizenship, nationality, and migrant workers in Africa
- Religious identities and Africa’s pluriversalism
- Islam and religious symbolism in Africa
- Minoritarian nationalism in Africa
- Migration, xenophobia, and politics of identity in Africa
- Sexual identities and gendered spaces
- Miscegenation and racial identities in Africa
- Politics of place, space, and identity in Africa  
- Conflicts, refugees, and national identities in Africa
- Borderland, migration, and citizenship in Africa
- Creative expressions and performance of identity in Africa
- Creative pasts and historical manifestations of identity politics  
- Everyday worldly practices
- Linguistic identities and nation-state in Africa
- African material cultures and performance of identity
- Exploration of diasporic dissonance or diasporic collaboration
- Cosmopolitanism, hybridity, and African pluriversalism 
- Globalization, Afropolitanism, and African Futures

Each individual proposal must include: 1) title of the work, and an
abstract of 200 words 2) name of the presenter (with the surname
underlined) 3) mailing address, 4) phone number 5) email 6)
institutional affiliation 7) three to five keywords that best
characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission.
Participants are expected to follow these guidelines.

Proposals for panels (3-5 presenters) must include: 1) title of the
panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme,
including the title of each individual work 2) a 200-word abstract
for the presentation of each speaker 3) mailing address 4) phone
number 5) email and 6) institutional affiliation of each presenter.

Proposals will be accepted by email: toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu
and on the official conference website from mid-August to
Mid-December, 2018: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/africa-conference/

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and
$100 for graduate students must be paid immediately upon the
acceptance of the abstract. This conference fee includes conference
t-shirt and bag, admission to the panels, workshops, and special
events, as well as transportation to and from the hotel and
conference events. Registration also includes breakfast for all three
days, dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, a banquet with DJ
and open bar Saturday evening, and a closing celebration at Dr.
Falola’s house including dinner and DJ.

All participants must raise the funding to attend the conference,
including registration fee, transportation, and accommodation. The
conference and the University of Texas at Austin do not provide any
form of sponsorship or financial support. However, the Holiday Inn
Austin Town Lake will have a special rate for conference
participants, and transportation between the hotel and the university
is included.

Convener:
Toyin Falola, Department of History, UT Austin
toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu

Conference coordinators:
Abikal Borah and Chukwuemeka Agbo
africaconference2019@gmail.com.


Contact:

19th Annual Africa Conference
Email: africaconference2019@gmail.com
Web: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/africa-conference/