5th European Conference on African Studies African dynamics in a multipolar world (2013 June 26-28 Lisbon)

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The fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2013) will take place at the ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, from 26 to 28 June 2013. It will be organized by Centro de Estudos Africanos - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Centre for African Studies, Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL)) on behalf of AEGIS, the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies. Its general theme will be African dynamics in a multipolar world.

The 2010s have witnessed the consolidation of most African states and institutions. However, fifty years after the foundation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, the international panorama and Africa’s position in it have changed considerably. The world's geopolitical and economic configuration has evolved, with new actors appearing on an increasingly globalized scene. Under these conditions and given its own trajectory, the current challenges that Africa faces include the promotion of peace and security, human rights, democratic institutions and particularly the integration and socioeconomic development of Africans, as stated by the OUA's successor, the African Union. ECAS 2013 will discuss three aspects of this new configuration and its effects on African societies: political challenges, economic and development changes and social creativity. The conference's main focus will be the contemporary period, while taking into account the historical dimension of these issues.

The new international political configuration has to consider the fall of the old dictatorships in northern Africa, the role played by new political actors and unconventional forms of involvement such as those made possible by information and communication technology. From an economic perspective, the increasing importance of emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with their own cooperation agendas, limited resources and growth and far-reaching effects on climate change and food security have a strong impact on African economies and societies and their position in global forums. In social and cultural terms, the dynamism of African societies and their diasporas is evident in the ability of both individuals and groups to combine endogenous and exogenous elements and develop strategies to overcome the all too well-known odds. Such creativity is found in diverse areas such as cultural forums and academic debate and also in migration, trade, information and communication technology, health, social protection, the problems of youth and urbanisation, and the reconfigurations of the socio-political and religious spheres.

It is thus of the greatest importance to look into Africa’s possibilities of becoming a major player in the formation of the emerging overall order. For the academic community to adequately respond to this challenge, it is vital for African scholars to play a key role in the endeavour. The conference will take account of experiences that are appearing in Africa, which question the dominant paradigms in terms of practice and reflection.

ECAS 2013 will be open to scholars from all over the world and the call for panels is open to disciplines and methodological approaches representing the Social Sciences and Humanities. The organizers strongly encourage panels including researchers from different universities and institutions. Panels are entirely free to choose their subjects but are especially welcome if their subjects are related to the general theme of the conference. As a rule, panels are expected to consist of four papers, with a chair and a discussant. Larger panels may be accommodated over more than one session. The conference language is English, though papers in other languages are possible on the condition that the panel organizers provide for interpreting facilities.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open and will close on 16th January 2013.

Please browse the list of accepted panels and make your proposal to an appropriate panel. On the panel page, beneath the long abstract you will find a link stating 'Propose a paper'. Click that to access the online form.

All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that ECAS2013 is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email. Convenors wishing to present in their own panel should also use the online form to enter their proposal.

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of less than 300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation.

On submission of the proposal, you should be taken to a screen stating that your submission was completed successfully. If not then you need to try again. On completion the convenors will be sent an automated email alerting them to your proposal. You will also be sent such an email. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login above) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit, as the process went wrong somewhere!

Proposals will be marked as pending until the Call for Papers closes, and convenors are asked to make decisions. They will then be marked as accepted or rejected; and the panel convenors will inform you of their decisions.


Delegates may only make one presentation, although they may also convene one plenary session or panel; or be discussant in one plenary session or panel.
Clearly delegates may make multiple proposals, however we discourage this practice as later you will be required to withdraw papers where you have multiple acceptances, inconveniencing those convenors.

Useful information for after you've proposed your paper

Paper authors can use the login link in the toolbar above to edit their proposals. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn through this environment - please email ecas2013(at)nomadit.co.uk to do this.

Pre-circulation of papers

ECAS has no rule about this; however many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on email traffic, if requested by convenors, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the online system, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.

Timing of presentations

Convenors are free to allocate the time of their sessions as they like. The ECAS norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 22 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion), however convenors should let you know about this nearer the conference.

We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel.

Communication between authors/convenors

Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email ecas2013(at)nomadit.co.uk to obtain relevant email addresses.

Any queries with the above please email ecas2013(at)nomadit.co.uk

List of panels

  • P001 African dynamics in multi-definitional governance, which governance and whose governance?
  • P002 Asian soft powers in Africa
  • P003 Courts and politics: dynamics and challenges for the effectiveness and legitimacy of Africa's judiciaries
  • P004 New players and management of natural resources
  • P005 Africa's resource blessing: pathways to autonomy in a conflicting donor world
  • P006 Large-scale land acquisitions and related resource conflicts in Africa
  • P007 African nationalisms as subjects of historical research
  • P008 Beyond checks and balances: policing democratic regimes in Africa
  • P009 The European Union in Africa: human security and crisis management
  • P010 Cartografias dos silêncios poéticas emergentes
  • P011 A new scramble for Africa? The rush for energy resources southwards of the Sahara
  • P012 Dynamics of contention: between state, society and the international
  • P013 Governing AIDS through aid to civil society: power, responsibilization and resistance
  • P014 Regional cooperation and integration in sub-Saharan Africa
  • P015 Exploring glottopolitical dynamics in Africa: the Spanish colonial past and beyond
  • P016 Religion, secularism and developmentalism: interrogating contemporary African philosophy of religion
  • P017 Reciprocal comparison for post-colonial Africa: colonial legacies, political trajectories
  • P018 The politics of history in contemporary African border disputes
  • P019 Fieldwork in conflict, conflict in fieldwork: methodological and ethical challenges in researching African warzones
  • P020 Rooted resistances: against neo-colonial orders in a multi-polar world
  • P021 Conflict minerals, property rights and transnational resource governance: a new African 'resource curse'?
  • P022 Urbanisation and poverty in mining Africa
  • P023 Words, arts and migration in Africa : narrative exploration
  • P024 The revolutionary violence in southern Africa: regional conflicts and alliances
  • P025 African perspectives on Libya
  • P026 Aid and authoritarianism in Africa
  • P027 Territory and community: the scalar dimensions of political authority, identity and conflict in contemporary Africa
  • P028 Thinking about multipolarity through the boundaries of state and non-state power
  • P029 Body, culture and social tensions
  • P030 Literatures in African languages and nationhood
  • P031 The evolving social role of oral literatures in 21st century African communities
  • P032 Regional integration in Africa: challenges and opportunities
  • P033 Hidden dimensions: demographic trends and sexual culture in contemporary Africa
  • P034 Gender, sexuality and pleasure: postcolonial feminist approaches
  • P035 Angola in the aftermath of civil war: overcoming the impacts of protracted violence
  • P036 The African response to the choice of the language of instruction in the global world
  • P037 Diasporas and national development in Africa
  • P038 The African Union and the challenges of regional integration in Africa in a multipolar world
  • P039 Political change and ICT in Africa: methodological innovations and ethical challenges
  • P040 Acting in the name of the state: practices, practical norms and the law in books
  • P041 The nationalism of the 'five': the liberation struggle and post-independence trajectories
  • P042 Africa-Asia crossed mobility: discovery of the other and the elsewhere, Muslim and Chinese travelogues from the 8th to the 15th century
  • P043 BRICS and Africa: the increasing engagement of emerging powers in a resource-rich continent
  • P044 Policing, punishment and politics: movements across legal and extra-legal places and institutions
  • P045 African indigenous knowledge and languages in a multipolar world
  • P046 New trends and dynamics in African civil societies
  • P047 Studying Islam and Christianity in Africa: comparisons and interactions (IAI panel)
  • P048 The social construction of practical norms: everyday practice at the margins of rules and laws
  • P049 Egypt's unfinished revolution: socio-economic policies after the fall of Mubarak's regime
  • P050 Agricultural export production, wage employment and certification schemes
  • P051 The ICT revolution: promises and possibilities for political growth in Africa
  • P052 Designing African creative cities
  • P053 Linguistic dynamics in Africa: varieties of Portuguese and Portuguese-related creoles
  • P054 Between internal and external: exploring the dialectics of peace-building and state-building in Africa
  • P055 Workers across Africa: global and transnational labour history and labour studies
  • P056 Middle classes in Africa: the making of social category and its social meaning and uses
  • P057 Cooperation under asymmetric conditions: Africa and the emerging powers
  • P058 Writing the world from another African metropolis: Luanda and the urban question
  • P059 Narrating political legitimacy in contemporary southern Africa
  • P060 Cape Verdean diaspora: dialogues and contemporary relationships
  • P061 Africa in the Indian Ocean
  • P062 New urban/rural linkages in a multi-polar Africa
  • P063 When food is short: rural and urban household strategies sustaining livelihoods
  • P064 Urban governance in Africa: a grounded inquiry
  • P065 Citizen participation, religion and development: new social actors for a changing world?
  • P066 Art and social engagement: aesthetic articulations in African urban spaces
  • P067 Voting beyond Africa: African migrants' political participation in the electoral processes of their countries of origin
  • P068 Interactivity and the formation of figures of legitimate authority in Africa
  • P069 Linking culture and development in Africa
  • P070 African experts in the international government of Africa
  • P071 African studies: scholars and programs
  • P072 Peacekeeping economics in Africa: sites of diffusion and exclusion?
  • P073 Large-scale agro-business meets African smallholder farmers: How can they enter happy marriages?
  • P074 The Lord's Resistance Army conflict after 2006: local and regional dynamics
  • P075 The "silent revolution"?: the feminization of the labour force and gender dynamics in Africa
  • P076 Work ethic, labour and subjectivities in Africa
  • P077 Seeking strategies for Africa's growth and development within a multipolar world
  • P078 African resistance in an age of fractured sovereignty
  • P079 UN policies and local realities in contemporary Africa
  • P080 Compared political systems of sub-Saharan Africa: endogenous and exogenous factors in the construction of political frameworks
  • P081 Portuguese Jews and Africans within a connected world: can we speak of "racism" with regard to late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Guiné do Cabo Verde and Amsterdam?
  • P082 Moving markets, travelling goods: exploring the paths of trade in Africa
  • P083 Revolution 3.0: iconographies of utopia in Africa and its diaspora
  • P084 Press freedom and right to information in Africa
  • P085 Living in transnational families between Africa and Europe: the centrality of a gender approach
  • P086 Challenges and prospects for the EU-Africa partnership in the coming years
  • P087 The African standby force ten years after its creation: between obstacles and prospects
  • P088 Breaking knowledge barriers: Africans and Africanists and the politics of collaboration
  • P089 Institutional transformations in southern Africa since 1990
  • P090 Migration and memory in/from Africa
  • P091 Crude moves: social fields of global oil
  • P092 Contestation and political change: exploring patterns across borders and regions
  • P093 Security complexes and complexities in the eastern DRC
  • P094 Les relations intergénérationnelles en Afrique : au delà d'une génération sacrifiée
  • P095 The road to perdition: road danger and predatory transport policies in Africa
  • P096 Promoting sustainable urbanization in Africa
  • P097 Waging peace: using military resources for conflict resolution in Africa
  • P098 The co-regulation of society by the state: pluralism of norms and actors in the law reforms regarding the private sphere
  • P099 The role of regional economic communities for political and security issues
  • P100 African "hubs" of the aid industry: cosmopolitism and social inequalities
  • P101 Local politics and national identities: South and southern Africa
  • P102 Heritage, partrimonialization and preservation of tangible and intangible culture
  • P103 Mobilities and trans-border cultural identities: contesting boundaries and postcolonial restrictions
  • P104 Repatriating from camps to post-conflict societies in southern Africa
  • P105 Uncertain transitions: democracy and the challenge of poverty in southern Africa
  • P106 The making and unmaking of the postcolonial African archive in a transnational world
  • P107 The transformation and redefinition of honor, status and moral authority patterns in contemporary Africa
  • P108 Moving jobs, moving workers: examining the threats and opportunities of globalization for workers in Africa
  • P109 Global and transnational connections in contemporary African arts and creative practice
  • P110 Pressure on and support for Africa's non-democratic regimes
  • P111 Alternative ideas on Portuguese Africa development in late colonialism
  • P112 Mutual aid practices in African space: analysing economic and social impacts
  • P113 Multi-polar urban spaces in Africa: everyday dynamics, creativity and change
  • P114 Borders show business: performing states in the borderlands
  • P115 Neglected tropical diseases and African development
  • P116 Intergenerational relationships and inequalities in old age in Africa: contrasted views
  • P117 Building state capacity in fast growing lusophone countries in Africa
  • P118 Africa's changing educational landscape in a multipolar world
  • P119 Afro-Brazilian readings: multiple analyses of the African diaspora in Brazil
  • P120 Secession: the key to unlocking Africa's potential?
  • P121 Spirit of place
  • P122 Unspectacular politics of land: actors, sites, struggles
  • P123 Intergenerational relations amongst African migrants in Europe
  • P124 New players in sub-Saharan Africa: the Influence of south-south investors and immigrant firms on local development
  • P125 The politics of whiteness in Africa
  • P126 Critical practices and citizenship in postcolonial African countries
  • P127 The Idea(s) of Africa(s) in a multipolar world: ways beyond the predicament of essentialism
  • P128 African women's commitment to internationalisation and transnational movements
  • P129 Health and governance in sub-Saharan Africa
  • P130 Possession by dispossession: interrogating land grab and protest in Africa
  • P131 Urban imaginaries in Africa
  • P132 Africa's maritime domain securitization
  • P133 The roots of Horn of African conflicts
  • P134 Tourist mobilities in contemporary Africa
  • P135 Regionalism in Africa: beyond EU-centrism
  • P136 African languages today: challenges and prospects in the globalscape
  • P137 African urban spaces
  • P138 African studies and social media
  • P139 Recovering the dynamism of African people: contemporaneous history (20th and 21st centuries)
  • P140 Therapeutic technologies in contemporary Africa: creativity, appropriation and emerging forms of practice
  • P141 African studies in a multipolar world: is there a European perspective?
  • P142 Housing suburbs in African cities: new urban paradigms
  • P143 The dynamics of the popular: social media, popular communication and challenges to power in contemporary Africa
  • P144 Innovations médicales et inégalités de santé : la santé sexuelle et reproductive à l'épreuve des faits
  • P145 The theory and methodology of representation(s): the analytical potential of a concept for contexts of transformation and innovation in contemporary Africa
  • P146 International and domestic actors in the reconstruction of Angola
  • P147 Dynamics of African educational systems: compromise between quantity and quality
  • P148 Africa and the politics of global environmental governance in the post-Cold War era
  • P149 How much development through aid?
  • P150 History and contemporary memory in Angola
  • P151 Heroes in Africa
  • P152 Administrative and legal documentation in pre-colonial Africa and beyond
  • P153 The entrails of 'beautiful' and 'proper' cultural heritage: diggers, middlemen and white collars in the grey trajectories of the transnational African art trade
  • P154 Multinational enterprises in Africa: corporate governance, social responsibility and risk management
  • P155 Un/making difference through performance and mediation in contemporary Africa
  • P156 Integration of African higher education systems in a multipolar world
  • P157 Philosophy in lusophone Africa
  • P158 Native legislations and repressive realities: the indigenato and colonial labour in comparative perspective (1890-1961)
  • P159 Rethinking Islam and Islamic Militancy in Contemporary Africa
  • P160 ICT and networks in Africa
  • P161 Cultural productions in context of slavery: slave narrative, narrative of the self and religious configurations
  • P162 Digipolities: conflict and media in Africa
  • P163 Defining peace, security and democratization: the African Union and multi-layered arenas
  • P164 Buying into Africa
  • P165 Novel spaces for african youth: creativity, entrepreneurship and political action
  • P166 South-South Linkages: Africa and the Emerging Powers
  • P167 Managing other people's money: financial services in sub-Saharan Africa after structural adjustment
  • P168 Intra-African migration of students in an area of internationalisation of higher education: responses of the youth to educational systems in crisis?


Steering Committee

  • Clara Carvalho, convener, CEA-IUL (director) Department of Anthropology, ISCTEI-UL clara.carvalho(AT)iscte.pt
  • Manuel João Ramos, scientific comission convener; conference book editor, CEA-IUL (vice-director) Department of Anthropology, ISCTE-IUL manuel.ramos(AT)iscte.pt
  • Luca Bussotti, scientific comission coordination, CEA-IUL (researcher) luca.bussotti(AT)iscte.pt
  • Ana Lúcia Sá, editors contactpoint; writting workshop, CEA-IUL (researcher) aluciasa(AT)hotmail.com
  • João Dias, administrative coordination; conference promotion, CEA-IUL (staff) joao.carlos.dias(AT)iscte.pt
  • Fernanda Alvim, administration; conference marketing, CEA-IUL (staff) fernanda.alvim(AT)iscte.pt

Scientific Committee

  • Carin Norberg, Political Science / Economy, The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, carin.norberg(AT)nai.uu.se
  • Elísio Macamo, Sociology, Centre for African Studies Basel, elisio.macamo(AT)unibas.ch
  • Ebrima Sall, Agriculture, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, ebrima.sall(AT)codesria.sn
  • Ton Dietz, Geography, The African Studies Centre, Leiden, dietzaj(AT)ascleiden.nl
  • Hamidou Hanafiou, Linguistics, Abdou Moumouni University, hanafiou(AT)gmail.com
  • Itziar Ruiz-Gimenez, Political Science, Autonomous University of Madrid, itziar.ruiz¬gimenez(AT)uam.es
  • Wilson Trajano Filho,, Anthropology, University of Brasília, trajano(AT)unb.br
  • Teresa Cruz e Silva, History, Eduardo Mondlane University, tcsilva(AT)zebra.uem.mz
  • Yves Fauré, Economy, University of Bordeaux, yafaure(AT)yahoo.fr
  • Paulos Chanie, Development, The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, paulos(AT)ossrea.net
  • Fernando Jorge Cardoso, Economy, Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais, cardoso.fj(AT)gmail.com
  • Eduardo Costa Dias, Anthropology, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, eduardocostadias(AT)yahoo.fr
  • Luca Bussotti, Sociology, Center of African Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon, luca.bussotti(AT)iscte.pt
  • Manuel João Ramos, Anthropology, Center of African Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon, manuel.ramos(AT)iscte.pt
  • José Carlos Venâncio, Sociology/Cultural Studies, University of Beira Interior, jcvenancio(AT)sapo.pt
  • Paula Meneses, History, Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, menesesp(AT)ces.uc.pt
  • Ramon Sarró, Anthropology, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, ramonsarro(AT)gmail.com
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