Moscow, Russia, May 26-29, 2020

Second Announcement and Call for Panel Proposals

On May 26-29, 2020 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 15 th African Studies Conference titled “Destinies of Africa in the Modern World.” The Conference 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.

The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference’s umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is March 1, 2019. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)’ full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.

The Organizing Committee will inform the applicants about the results of their panel proposals’ consideration on or soon after March 15, 2019. The list of all the Conference participants is to become known by early December, 2019 due to the activities of both the Organizing Committee and panel convenors.

None of the proposals may be accepted or rejected on the basis of its submitter(s)’ previous academic credentials, ethnic or national origin, sex, or otherwise, but only on the basis of the proposal’s relevance to, and importance for, the Conference’s general theme.

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).

In case the proposal is accepted and you and/or your panel participants need Russian entry visas, the Organizing Committee will send you in the beginning of the year 2020 the list of documents necessary to support the visa application process at a Russian Consulate or Embassy.

The conference registration fee in Russian rubles, equivalent to $150 ($75 in rubles for students, citizens of African states residing in Africa, except South Africa, and accompanying persons), 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. 1 No other participant or an accompanying persons 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, and other internationally recognized hotel and hostel search and booking websites, you may try specifically Moscow websites and

All the correspondence should be sent by e-mail for the Conference Organizing Committee ( The Organizing Committee phone 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.

For the list of the Institute for African Studies official partners please, visit the page “Cooperation” on the Institute’s website at the address

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