Conference Theme 2018 – Transformations in African Environments
Date: 4 May – 6 May 2018
Greetings Fellow African Studies Scholars
From 4-6 May 2018 CAAS is convening in Kingston at Queen’s University under the banner “Transformations in African Environments”. We have received proposals for numerous panels and roundtables on diverse topics, which can be viewed, attached. We would now like to invite individual paper proposals. You may select a panel to which you would like to contribute or you may propose an individual paper and allow us to determine where it best fits in relation all the other submissions. If the former, we recommend you first contact the panel convenor as a courtesy. Please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance to any given panel.
Transformations in African Environments
Environments in Africa are changing, sometimes with dizzying speed. In biophysical terms, global climate change is expected to disproportionately affect the continent with higher average temperatures, coastal erosion, and weather extremes such as flooding and drought. Knock-on deleterious impacts will be felt upon food security, habitat/biodiversity loss, and human health. The built environment is changing as well, as the number of Africans living in urban areas is expected to triple in the next three decades, often concentrated in informal and unserviced settlements surrounding the continent’s megacities.
The information and communication technology revolution is meanwhile connecting Africans in even the smallest villages to online global networks with unpredictable implications for the social, cultural, economic and political environments within Africa. As elsewhere in the world where technology is now transforming the most intimate environment of all – our bodies, our sexuality – Africans will need to adapt to cultural, political and ethical challenges.
The conference this year will examine ways that these changing environments have historically, are currently, or may in future be impacting lived experience in Africa, and vice versa.
Paper Proposal Submission
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is December 15, 2017. Include your name and affiliation, a title and an abstract of 150-200 words. Please submit your paper proposal to: CAASACEA2018@queensu.ca
Conference fees have not yet been finalized but will be scaled and payable through the CAAS website. Delegates who have not paid their fees by April 15 will be removed from the program.