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2014 ISA Call for Papers: Political Economy of Finance and Credit in Sub-Saharan Africa

May 7, 2013

Please send abstracts of 300 words, along with contact details to by May 24, 2013.

Are you researching contemporary financial practices, patterns, networks in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa is at the fore of many of the transformations taking place on the continent. Yet there is little in the way of current research investigating how this is taking place. What, for instance, are the impacts of the ongoing financial crises and economic recessions on investments in Africa? How do these developments impact on issues such as land grabbing and shape the political economy of Africa as it integrates the global economy? The continent’s financial architecture is also being shaped by the growth of financial cities as leading hubs – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria/Ghana – as states situate their financial hubs as leading gateways into the continent. Another important dimension of Africa’s political economy is mining. How are financial investments into these industries shaping national economies and communities? At the more micro level, financial technology, such as biometrics and mobile banking, are leapfrogging financial instruments of industrialized economies. How do these technologies create new networks between the floor of the economy and global capitalist networks? What of the growth of Islamic finance in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Final decisions will be made by May 29th; all those who have submitted abstracts will be contacted.


Dr Elizabeth Cobbett
Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow
Department of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia