Every year the Centre of African Studies hosts an annual conference on key issues at the cutting edge of Africa-related research. These conferences bring together internationally renowned scholars and members of the African Studies community in the UK and abroad to present and discuss new directions in African Studies.
Our 2016 conference focuses on Decolonizing the Academy. It calls for a collective examination of how knowledge and power are defined, distributed, and denied through high education institutions in the UK, Africa, and globally.
For whom do we research Africa and for what purpose? How do our institutions – be they universities, professional networks, or publishing forums – reinforce unequal access to power, opportunities, and knowledge? What are our responsibilities as researchers, and also as teachers (or student-scholars), to decolonize our work on an individual level; and how do we do it? How do we connect critical theoretical debates around decolonization with applied best practices or new practices? What future for African Studies does this envisage? These questions are not new. Rather, they remain at the forefront of our academic and professional enterprise, posing questions for the very legitimacy of our diverse endeavours.
Visit for full details on the conference and its theme visit the website.
The call for panel and paper proposals will be released 15 November 2015.