Call for proposals
Deadline: Proposals should be in English or French. They should be submitted online by 1 February 2018.
The deadline for instutional sponsored panels and roundtables has been extended until 15 March 2018.
Conference dates: 20–22 September 2018
Organized by: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM, Tanzania), Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia, Accra, Ghana) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS, Leiden, the Netherlands)
In partnership with: Muziris Institute for the Indian Ocean Studies, University of Calicut (Calicut, Kerala, India), International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands), Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands), University of Michigan (UM, Ann Arbor, U.S.), Université de La Réunion (La Réunion, Fr.), National University of Singapore (NUS, Singapore), Social Science Research Council (SSRC, New York, U.S.), Center for Asian Studies (CAS), University of Ghana, (Accra, Ghana).
Call for (institutional) panels, roundtables and papers
Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’, to be held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aims to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.
Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, will be organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections & interactions, economics & development, intellectual; encounters, arts & culture, migration & diasporas and Asian studies in Africa & African studies in Asia. Specifically, the central unifying theme for the conference is a call to understand the histories and futures of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which we understand Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa, and beyond, Africa, Asia and other world regions as ‘fields of studies’.
We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, exhibitions, documentaries, papers, (MA and PhD) dissertations and book presentations in the newly conceptualized field of ‘Asian-African studies’.
Find the submission forms on https://forms.iias.asia
Those whose (institutional) panel, roundtable and paper proposals have been accepted will be notified by 10 April 2018. The working languages of the conference will be English and French. All PowerPoint presentations must be in English. Simultaneous translation is not available.
Further information about registration fees, the venue and logistics will be provided on the conference website once the panels and papers have been accepted.
Very limited financial support may be made available to some scholars who reside in Africa and Asia and some junior or low-income scholars from other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit the Grant Application Form in which you state the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you will apply for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel. The form should be submitted before 1 February 2018. Requests for funding received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
The Africa-Asia ICAS Book Prize
The Africa-Asia ICAS Book Prize (AAIBP) was established by the secretariats of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA). Publishers are invited to submit academic publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences, written by an African scholar on an Asia-related topic or by any author on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages. Publications may be in English, French or Portuguese, and must have been published after July 2014. The winner of the AAIBP will be announced during the Second International Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’ (Dar es Salaam; 20-22 September 2018), and shall thereafter be invited to ICAS 11 in Leiden (16-19 July 2019) to present his or her book.