CFP: "Africanist Knowledge That Agitates" | The Africa Seminar Graduate Students' Conference | Northwestern University
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Friday, March 12, 2021 08:42 AM

Call for Submissions
The Africa Seminar (AfriSem) at Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies
6th Annual Graduate Students’ Conference
June 10-12, 2021 via Zoom


"Africanist Knowledge That Agitates"


With keynote speakers:

Frank Mugisha
Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Robert Kennedy Human Rights Awardee, Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize Awardee, Finalist Nobel Peace Prize


Kwame E. Otu
Assistant Professor of African-American and African Studies at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia


Submissions may engage with but not limited to the following:

  • Dis/connections between academic and activist knowledge
  • Scholar activisms, organizing, collaboration, and engagement
  • Decolonization, unsettling of African Studies, science, and government
  • Interrogations of epistemological approaches, theories, methods of disciplinary research
  • Inquiry into the economic, social, historical, linguistic, genetic, geopolitical, ecological, and biomedical factors that shape and have shaped African societies
  • Disciplinary and transdisciplinary research that informs questions that relate broadly to Africanist knowledge
  • Art, poetry, performance which interrogates expertise on Africanist knowledge, Africanisms, critical inquiry, and our futures


Contribution formats may include:

  • Paper presentation, reading
  • Visual media (artwork, photography, fashion)
  • Film
  • Audio
  • Performance (live or recorded)

Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted through this form:

Submission deadline: April 8, 2021.

For more information, please email us at [email protected]

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