Destinies of Africa in the Modern World
15 th International African Studies Conference
(Moscow, May 26-29, 2020)
Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,
On May 26-29, 2020 in Moscow the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries, holds the 15 th African Studies Conference titled Destinies of Africa in the Modern World. The Conference main events will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

During the Conference, each panel will work for one day and will have one or two time slots, with no more than six papers in each (that is, no panel will exceed twelve papers).

The Organizing Committee have considered all the panel proposals received by it. The list of accepted proposals can be found below. The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is November 15, 2019. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application's fortune by December 1, 2019 – the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.

The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number.

In the case the proposal is accepted and you need a Russian entry visa, the Organizing Committee will contact you with regards to your visa application support at a Russian Consulate or Embassy in the beginning of the year 2020.

The conference registration fee in Russian rubles, equivalent to $150 ($75 in rubles for students and for citizens of African states residing in Africa, except South Africa), is to be paid in cash onsite upon arrival. The Conference participants working for the Institute for African Studies official partners are waved from registration fee. (For the list of the Institute for African Studies official partners please, visit the page “Cooperation” on the Institute’s website at the address http://www.inafran.ru/en/node/144). No other participant can be waved from registration fee.

The Organizing Committee can assist in booking accommodation, but independent reservation is encouraged. Please note that early hotel reservation in strongly recommended, as Moscow hotels and hostels may be full any season. Besides booking.com, otel.com and other internationally recognized hotel and hostel search and booking websites, you may try specifically Moscow websites http://www.moscow-hotels.net/ and http://www.moscow-hotels.com/.

Unfortunately, the Conference Organizing Committee has no means to support financially any Conference participant.

All the correspondence, other than related to paper abstracts submission and acceptance, should be sent by e-mail for the Conference Organizing Committee, to the attention of Mrs. Natalia Bondar, Head, Center of Information and International Relations, Institute for African Studies, to the address inter@inafr.ru. The Organizing Committee telephone number is + 7 495 690 2752.

The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

 

PANELS ACCEPTED FOR THE CONFERENCE

(In the alphabetical order of English titles of the thematic blocks and panels within them)

 

I. Economics and Technologies

I-1. Africa’s Futures in a Rapid Changing World: Critical Perspectives of Young African Agrarian Scholars on Achieving Socioeconomic Transformation in Africa
Convener: Cyriaque Hakizimana (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa); e-mail: chakizimana@plaas.org.za

I-2. Economic Diversity in Africa: Capacity to Convert into an Economic Powerhouse for the World
Convener: Kamini Krishna (University of Zambia); e-mail: kaminik15@yahoo.com

I-3. Industry 4.0 and Africa’s Development Policy: Institutions, Technology, Innovation and Start-up Strategy
Convener: Jude Okechukwu Chukwu (University of Nigeria, Nsukka); e-mail: jude.chukwu@unn.edu.ng

I-4. Perspectives of the Scientific-Technological Progress in Africa
Convener: Evgenia V. Morozenskaya (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: evmorozen@mail.ru

I-5. Sub-Saharan African Countries at the Digital Age: Problems and Prospects of the Integration into the Global Information and Communication Space
Convener: Konstantin A. Pantserev (St. Petersburg State University, Russia); e-mail: pantserev@yandex.ru

I-6. Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Smallholder Poultry and Innovations Supporting Its Improvement
Convener: Robyn Alders (Kyeema Foundation, Brisbane, Australia & Australian National University, Canberra); email: robyna@kyeemafoundation.org, on behalf of Kyeema Foundation

II. General Issues of Africa’s Development

II-1. Africa: Betwixt and Between
Convener: O. Igho Natufe (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: stratepol@outlook.com

II-2. Civilizational Alternatives of Africa in the Modern World
Conveners: Apollon B. Davidson (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia); e-mail: adavidson@yandex.ru, Igor V. Sledzevski (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: igor25011904m@yandex.ru, Anatoliy D. Savateev (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: asavat@mail.ru, Elena V. Kharitonova (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: evh1956@mail.ru

II-3. Globalization, Shrinking Spaces, and Expanding Partnerships in “New Developing-Africa”
Conveners: Stig Jensen (Copenhagen University, Denmark); e-mail: sti@teol.ku.dk, Amanda Møller Rasmussen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Jacob Worsøe (Copenhagen University, Denmark)

II-4. The Current and Future Multiple Challenges of Africa
Convener: Jean Paulin Mengue Me Ndongo (University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon); e-mail: menguejp@yahoo.fr

II-5. The Modern World in Africa
Convener: Etienne Lock (Centre of Training and International Cooperation, Douala, Cameroon); e-mail: lock_etienne@yahoo.fr

 

III. History and Anthropology

III-1. Africa and Her Diasporas: Historical and Contemporary
Conveners: Tunde Adeleke (Iowa State University, Ames, USA); e-mail: tadeleke@iastate.edu, Arno Sonderegger (University of Vienna, Austria); e-mail: arno.sonderegger@univie.ac.at

III-2. African Memoirs as a Narrative of the Era
Convener: Tatyana M. Gavristova (Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Russia); e-mail: tanja1994@mail.ru

III-3. Coping with the Difficult Past: Remembering and Forgetting the Slave Trade and Slavery in Africa, Europe, and the Americas
Conveners: Dmitri M. Bondarenko (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: dbondar@hotmail.com, Harold D. Weaver (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA); e-mail: weaverhal@yahoo.com

III-4. Historical Roots of Contemporary Problems of Tropical and Southern Africa
Conveners: Apollon B. Davidson (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia); e-mail: adavidson@yandex.ru, Alexander S. Balezin (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: alex.balezin@yandex.ru

III-5. Judaism in Africa: An Unexpected Destination?
Conveners: Karina Simonson (Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Lithuania); e-mail: karina_simonson@yahoo.co.uk, Janice R. Levi (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) ; e-mail: jrlevi@g.ucla.edu

III-6. Socio-Anthropological Dimension of Destinies of Africa in the Modern World
Convener: Oleg I. Kavykin (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: atrociter@mail.ru

III-7. Studying the Exile Experiences of South Africans in the Liberation Struggle
Convener: Hilary Lynd (University of California, Berkeley, USA); e-mail: hilary.lynd@berkeley.edu

III-8. The Creole World of Africa
Convener: Vladimir A. Popov (St. Petersburg State University, Russia); e-mail: v.a.popov@spbu.ru

III-9. The Past and Present of Land Access in Africa
Conveners: Jill E. Kelly (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA); e-mail: jillk@smu.edu, Tara Weinberg (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA); e-mail: taramw@umich.edu

III-10. Tradition and Modernity
Convener: Olga Yu. Zavialova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia); e-mail: jontan@mail.ru

 

IV. International Relations

IV-1. Africa and the Main Trends in the Development of Modern International Law
Conveners: Alexander B. Mezyaev (University of Management TISBI, Kazan, Russia); e-mail: alexmezyaev@gmail.com, Hennie Strydom (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Adou Yao Nicaise (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow)

IV-2. Africa: Glance to the East and Russia’s Interests
Conveners: Evgeniy N. Korendyassov, Tatiana L. Deych (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: tdeich@yandex.ru

IV-3. Economic Competition of the BRICS States in Africa
Convener: Alexei V. Kuznetsov (Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: kuznetsov_alexei@mail.ru

IV-4. Geo-Economic and Geopolitical Rivalry of the Leading Powers on the African Continent
Convener: Kirill A. Aleshin (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: kirill.aleshin@inafr.ru

IV-5. Israel and Africa: New Opportunities and Challenges
Convener: Luisa R. Khlebnikova (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia); e-mail: lkhlebnikova@fmp.msu.ru

IV-6. Russia and the Rising Africa in the New World Environment
Convener: Rachid Tlemçani (University of Algeria); e-mail: drtlemcani@gmail.com

IV-7. Same, Same, but Different: Africa, China, and the Rhetoric of Brotherhood
Convener: Tara Mock (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, USA); e-mail: tmock@bowdoin.edu

IV-8. The “African Vector” in the Policy of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)
Convener: Andrey A. Tokarev (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: stp79@yandex.ru

IV-9. The European Union and African Union: Challenges and Prospects for Partnership in the 21 st Century
Convener: Olga S. Kulkova (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: kulkova-olga@yandex.ru

IV-10. The Study of International Relations in African Countries and African Concepts of World Order
Convener: Denis A. Degterev (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow); e-mail: degterev-da@rudn.ru

 

V. Linguistics

V-1. Languages of Africa from Cultural and Historic Perspective
Convener: Viktor Ja. Porkhomovsky (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: vporkhom@yahoo.com

V-2. Languages of Africa from Typological and Diachronic Perspective
Convener: Andrey B. Shluinsky (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: ashl@iling-ran.ru

 

VI. Social and Political Issues

VI-1. Africa: State Reform Comes First
Convener: Nayla Mohamed Elhassan (Sudan Academy for Administrative Studies, Khartoum); e-mail: dr-nayla@hotmail.com

VI-2. Anti-Corruption Policies and Sustainable Development Goals
Convener: Jason Nkyabonaki (Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy, Zanzibar, Tanzania); e- mail: jason.mnma@yahoo.com

VI-3. Beyond the Global North: Educational Mobilities of African Students and Professionals in the 20 th and 21 st Centuries
Conveners: Eric Burton (University of Vienna, Austria); e-mail: eric.burton@univie.ac.at, Sarah Hanisch (University of Cologne, Germany); e-mail: sarah.hanisch@uni-koeln.de

VI-4. Current Issues in Libyan Studies
Conveners: Aref Ali Nayed (Libyan Institute for Advanced Studies, Tripoli), Alexander A. Tkachenko (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: alexander.tkachenko@inafr.ru

VI-5. Gender Strategies and Transformations in Modern Africa
Conveners: Natalia L. Krylova, Natalia A. Ksenofontova (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: krylovanl@yandex.ru

VI-6. Inadequate Access to Adult Education and Learning: Bane of Africa’s Development
Convener: Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria); e-mail: tadebisi@oauife.edu.ng

VI-7. Political Image in the System of Political Leadership in Africa
Convener: Tatiana S. Denisova (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: tsden@hotmail.com

VI-8. South Africa: A New Dawn?
Conveners: Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu (University of South Africa, Pretoria); e-mail: ndlovsm@unisa.ac.za, Vladimir G. Shubin (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: vlgs@yandex.ru

VI-9. The Middle East and the Horn of Africa in the 21 st Century. Processes of Modernization and Quality of Development in the Light of Dynamic Relativity of Civilizational Transformations
Conveners: Alexander A. Tkachenko, Vladimir Yu. Kukushkin, Ivan T. Kofanov (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: alexander.tkachenko@inafr.ru

VI-10. Understanding the African City: Theoretical Challenges, Solutions and Workarounds
Conveners: Daria A. Zelenova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia); e-mail: d.zelenova@gmail.com, Vladislav V. Kruchinsky (Moscow State Institute of International Relations [University], Russia); e-mail: vladislav.kruchinsky@gmail.com

VI-11. Youth and Women in Africa’s Sustainable Development in the 21st Century: Connect, Empower, and Engage
Convener: Ellie Paris-Miranda (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA); e-mail: ellieparismiranda@gmail.com

VII. Violence Reduction and Conflict Resolution

VII-1. African Integration and Peacekeeping
Convener: Keith Gottschalk (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa); e-mail: kgottschalk@uwc.ac.za

VII-2. Armed Conflicts and Their Consequences
Convener: Galina M. Sidorova (Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia); e-mail: gal_sid@mail.ru

VII-3. Foreign Interventions in West Africa and the Sahel (1975–2019)
Conveners: Maciel Santos (University of Porto, Portugal); e-mail: maciel999@yahoo.com, Mario Gonçalves (University of Coimbra, Portugal); e-mail: goncalvesmacorreia@gmail.com, Mourad Aty (University of Guelma, Algeria); e-mail: md_aty@yahoo.com

VII-4. Resolving the Contradiction of Terrorism in Africa
Convener: Abraham Waya (Boston University, USA); e-mail: awaya@bu.edu

VII-5. The Problem of Territorial Settlement in Contemporary Africa
Convener: Sergey V. Kostelyanets (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow); e-mail: cfsapss@gmail.com

 

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