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Crossroads in African Studies, Birmingham. September 2013 - call for papers

March 13, 2013

Dear colleagues,

Please see below the link to the call for papers for the conference 'Crossroads in African Studies' that will take place at the University of Birmingham (UK) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Centre of West African Studies (CWAS). We welcome submissions of interdisciplinary papers and panels focusing on all African regions.

CWAS was founded in 1963 by John Fage, one of the most significant figures committed to the institutionalisation of African Studies in the UK and worldwide.  Key contributors to Africa-focussed research have been based at CWAS as researchers and teachers including A.G. Hopkins, Thomas McCaskie, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias, Margaret Peil, Douglas Rimmer, Ken Swindell, Karin Barber, Stewart Brown and, more briefly, David Henige and Robin Law, Marion Johnson, Finn Fuglestad, Gareth Austin, and Richard Higgott. 

'Crossroads in African Studies' will also launch the first of a new annual lecture series, the Fage Lectures. The first event in this series will be a double lecture on African economic history from a global perspective and in the longue durée, with two contributions delivered by Prof. Gareth Austin (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Prof. A.G Hopkins (University of Texas), with Prof. Robin Law (University of Stirling) acting as discussant. The first Fage Lecture has been organized with the generous support of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), which in 2013 will also be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

Conference website:

Submissions and enquiries:

Dr. Benedetta Rossi

Department of African Studies and Anthropology and Centre of West African Studies School of History and Cultures University of Birmingham Arts Building Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom