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The 23rd Annual Conference, March 28-30, 2019: Call for Papers & Roundtable Proposals

The 23rd Annual Conference [March 28-30, 2019]

North Carolina Central University

(Durham, North Carolina)

Theme: Repositioning Africa in the 21st Century and Beyond

Brief Description

The 23rd Annual Conference of the African Studies and Research Forum (ASRF) invites participants to present papers and roundtables on how Africa should reposition itself in the world politically, economically, socially, and in terms of global security. More specifically, some of the themes and issues to be addressed in this conference include: conflict and conflict resolution  in Africa; Africa in the world economy; Regional cooperation and integration in Africa; Out of Africa: Migratory patterns and the Refugee crisis in Africa; the African Union at Twenty: Achievements, Problems and Prospects; Environmental issues in Africa; the status and  role of the youth, women and civil society organizations in African development; the importance of education in African development; and the contribution of the African Diaspora to African development. The conference seeks to bring together researchers from around the world and from various disciplines to take stock of current research and foster communication across a variety of approaches to the study of Africa. In keeping with the spirit of diversity, we welcome abstracts for individual papers and roundtables that engage with various theoretical and methodological perspectives, topical issues, and policy-oriented solutions related to the conference’s theme. Selected papers might be considered for publication in the ASRF’s journal and book series.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should include the following:

  • Author(s) contact information and other details:
  • Full name of principal presenter and contact information: affiliation, telephone number, mailing address, E-mail address. All return correspondence will be to this individual only.
  • Full names, affiliations, and E-mail addresses of co-presenters if any.

Conference Participation

Conference attendees may choose to act in one–or a combination of–the following capacities: Paper Presenter; Panel Chair; Panel Discussant; Roundtable Participant; and Roundtable Convener and/or Moderator.

Paper Abstract details:

  • Presentation title (15-word limit).
  • Abstract (300-word limit for individual papers); An abstract should provide an extended description of the presentation for committee review.
  • Presentation Summary (50-word limit): A brief description to be included in the conference program.
  • Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review (no reference to the author or the author’s home institution in the abstract).

The proposal submission deadline is December 12, 2018. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

To maximize participation opportunities at ASRF 2019, each individual scholar is allowed two single-authored contributions and one co-authored contribution (Presenting a paper, organizing a roundtable, and serving as a panel chair or discussant or as a roundtable moderator or participant each counts as one contribution.)

Individual Papers

Papers should be formal presentations that draw on theories and approaches of one or more topics related to the conference’s theme.

Individual papers will be presented within a 15-minute period, plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Each panel should have a Chair and a Discussant.


Each Roundtable shall consist of four (4) participants plus one Convener/Moderator. Roundtables involve the presentation of four oral presentations on a topic related to the conference’s theme, followed by a structured discussion of these presentations. They are typically scheduled for one-and-a-half hour blocks.

Each Roundtable participant is expected to make a 15-minutes presentation, followed by the Moderator’s comments and a general discussion (20 minutes), for a total time of 95 minutes

Roundtable Conveners should submit the title of the roundtable as well as the name/title/institutional affiliation of each participant and the title of their presentation.

Review Criteria

Review criteria include promise of an original and thoughtful contribution to the study of Africa; clarity and evidence of a well-organized, engaging presentation; and relevance to the ASRF 2019 theme. For roundtables, criteria also include topic relevance, as well as a clearly planned schedule of activities, with an appropriate amount of time for discussion and audience participation.

How to Submit Abstract(s)

Please send your panel/roundtable  proposals and panel/paper abstract(s) to Guy Martin and Mueni wa Muiu  as an E-mail attachment with a short note indicating your interest and the title ASRF 2019 Paper Abstract/Roundtable on the subject line to the following E-mail addresses:  martingu@wssu.edu and muium@wssu.edu



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