Reminder CfP: 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS (Basel, 29.6.-1.7.2017)

Publicado el 16 de enero de 2017 a las 08h. y 22m. por Charo Llera en General

Dear colleagues

The call for panels for the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS to be held in Basel from 29 June to 1 July 2017 will close in a week’s time on Thursday 19 January. Please remind the members of your respective Centre and help to spread the word via your networks. In order to avoid an overload of the system on the final date last minute submissions should be avoided.

On behalf of the organizing committee

Veit Arlt

Centre for African Studies Basel


Chers et chères collègues

La date finale pour la proposition de communications au sein de la 7e Conférence européenne en études africaines ECAS, qui aura lieu le 29 juin au 1 juillet 2017 à Bâle est le jeudi 19 janvier 2017. Nous vous prions de circuler ce rappel au sein de votre centre et au-delà. Afin d’éviter le risque de saturation du système les propositions sont faites au plus tôt possible.

Au nom du comité d’organisation

Veit Arlt

Centre d’études africaines de Bâle


Call for Papers for the 7th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban

(Basel, 29 June – 1 July 2017)

The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies on behalf of AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) invite you to submit paper proposals for the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017 with the theme: Urban Africa –  Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban.

African urbanization trends raise several issues that are of interest to scholars. These range from politics, through economics, all the way to social and cultural issues.  The key issue, however, is how urbanization processes in Africa transform conventional objects of African Studies and how do scholars of Africa gear up to face such changes? These are the questions which we invite scholars of Africa to engage with in a more conscious and systematic manner. While among the 223 accepted panels the urban is prominent, many also look into the entanglements of the rural with the urban, especially with a view to addressing an implicit assumption underlying the study of Africa, which concerns the supposed rural ‘nature’ of the continent as well as the constitutive nature of the tension between tradition and modernity. 

While over the past few decades a self-critical attitude within many disciplines has led to a weakening of these assumptions, the urban continues arguably to be seen as the exception or, at any rate, as analytically less consequential than the rural. ECAS 2017 “Urban Africa – Urban Africans” will, therefore, be an occasion for rethinking African Studies, but also for exploring and deepening research avenues that many researchers working on urban and rural issues have taken up over recent years. There is a critical mass to be harnessed in the effort to push the frontiers of critical European knowledge production on Africa.

Please submit your paper proposal via the conference website (NB: since we moved the site to a different server you might have to empty the cache of your browser in order for the proper page to display.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 19 January 2017.

Download: Call for papers (pdf)

Centre for African Studies Basel

ECAS7 Conference Office

Petersgraben 11. 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Tel: +41 267 34 86