Call for Streams: ASAUK 2018, 11-13 September 2018, Birmingham, deadline: 15 September 2017

Call for Streams:

ASAUK 2018

11-13 September 2018, University of Birmingham

deadline: 15 September 2017


The next ASAUK conference will be held on 11-13 September 2018 at the University of Birmingham, UK.


In order to limit panel clashes, the conference hosts several thematic streams. These streams can include between two and 13 panels, which will be tabled successively so that all those interested in a particular stream can attend all of its panels.

Stream organisers are responsible for organising at least two thematically linked panels, with a panel normally consisting of a minimum of three paper presenters and one chair. They are also expected to respond to proposals from colleagues who wish to contribute panels or individual papers to their stream. In acknowledgement of their contribution to the success of the conference, stream organisers will also be given priority with regard to any bursaries for Africa-based scholars awarded by the ASAUK.

We are keen on receiving more proposals from Africans and Africa-based scholars!


If you are interested in organising a thematic stream, please contact Insa Nolte AND Elisa Tuijnder ( with the relevant details (title, blurb, contact details, panel examples, featured image)  by 15 September 2017.

We expect to put out the official call for panels and papers for ASAUK 2018 in September 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!


The following thematic streams have already been proposed and more information will be published on the ASAUK website soon (


  1. The Everyday in DR Congo: negotiating change and continuity in precarious times

The 2018 stream invites scholars to reflect on experiences, imaginations and representations of “the everyday” in the DR Congo, past and present.

Organisers: Katrien Pype (; Toni Smith (;); Rueben Loffman (


  1. Celebrating the Work of Karin Barber           

This stream invites panels that reflect upon Barber’s work, and offer directions for exciting new research in Anthropology and African Studies.

Organisers: Rebecca Jones (; Insa Nolte (

Karin Barber


  1. 90 years of the International African Institute           

As the IAI’s journal Africa prepares to celebrate its 90th birthday, members of its prestigious Editorial Advisory Board offer papers exploring the journal’s distinctive contribution – its interest in and commitment to documenting ‘life on the ground’ – and proposing how it might position itself in future.

Organisers: Stephanie Kitchen (; Karin Barber (; Deborah Jones (


  1. Living as Women and Girls in 21st Century African Societies

This panel invites papers that interrogate the ways in which the lived experiences of women resident in Africa reflect their embodiment of intra-personal intersectional identities.

Organiser: Alease Brown (


  1. Constitutions, Law and Justice

Panels might include – social and economic rights; pro bono lawyering; African legal education; African women’s legal landmarks; Prof Gordon Woodman (Law Faculty, Birmingham) and his contribution to African Law.

Organiser: Ambreena Manji  (


  1. Muslim Written Intellectual Tradition in Africa

Muslim chronicles leave us with a picture of scholars as ideological doers who wrote informed by the developments and dialectics of their day. The writings are invaluable sources to modern scholars of African Studies. To this end, we make a Call for Papers on Muslim intellectual writing in Afr

Organisers: Mohamed Mathee (; Bruce Hall (


  1. Africa Reads

We invite panel proposals on readers of African language literatures, and on local discourses about the social meanings of reading, as well as on generational shifts in reading patterns.

Organisers: Carli Coetzee (; Rebecca Jones (


  1. The Political Economy of Development in Africa     

Organiser: Jonathan Fisher (


  1. Slavery in African Societies                                

Organiser: Benedetta Rossi (


  1. Legal Anthropology               

Organiser: Jessica Johnson (


  1. Marriage in Africa   

Organisers: Kate Skinner (; Benjamin Lawrance (


  1. The Infrastructure Question

Physical infrastructure is at the top of the policy agenda across Africa. The investment is made in a dynamical space – many interconnected and fast-changing nodes. Consequently, most challenges of infrastructure do not admit long-term closed solutions. We must ask, to what extent must we confront the reality of dynamical space of infrastructure investment at the start of projects?

Organiser: World Road Association, Fred Amonya (

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