Call for Papers: University of Texas (Austin) Annual Africa Conference 2018

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The University of Texas at Austin invites proposals for papers, panel presentations, roundtables and artistic works/performances that would critically examine these and other related issues on Africa’s leadership and institutions.

Application Deadline: 30th November 2017

Offered Annually? Yes

To Be Taken At (Country): University of Texas at Austin

About the Award: The 2018 Africa Conference will critically examine Africa’s political leadership and extant institutions vis-à-vis the continent’s history of underdevelopment, present challenges, and future trajectories within the global political economy. Scholars are invited to interrogate the nature and evolution of leadership and institutions in Africa from the pre-colonial era to contemporary times. Institutions in this context are broadly defined to include formal and informal institutions, including history, traditions and culture of the people. Is it leadership that shapes institutions or do institutions determine the quality of leaders that emerge? How can African states achieve the leadership and institutional transformation necessary to address the perennial development challenges of the continent? Are there lessons that could be drawn from the experiences of the pre-colonial era to inform contemporary issues of leadership?

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Fields of Research: Submissions that include but are not limited to the following sub-themes and topics:

  • Institutions Conceptualized
  • Leadership and Institutions in Pre-colonial Africa
  • Leadership and Institutions in the Colonial Era
  • Colonial Legacies
  • The Nature of Political Leadership in Postcolonial Africa
  • Institutions in Postcolonial Africa
  • The Cold War and Africa’s Postcolonial Leadership
  • Multilateral Institutions in Africa
  • Information Technology and Social Media
  • Education
  • Creativity and Performance of Leadership/Institutional deficits

Type: Call for Papers/Conference

Eligibility: Participants will be drawn from around the world.

 Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers.

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) number phone, 5) email, 6) institutional affiliation, and 7) three to five keywords that best characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission. Participants are encouraged to abide by 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. Panels with four presenters or less may be completed with other relevant presentations.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The conference will provide time for scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Additionally, selected papers will be published in a series of book volumes. Submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus. Panel proposals (of 3-5 presenters) are especially encouraged.

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 does 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.

Duration of Program: March 29-31, 2018

How to Apply: Proposals will be accepted on the official conference website here

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: University of Texas at Austin


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