Spring Conference

Critical Research on Africa: Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Conference

Call for Proposals: Pondering African Futures

The African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh is hosting a virtual conference to ponder African futures in the context of current challenges and to think about innovative strategies for moving forward with the continent’s development agenda.

We invite scholars and practitioners who work on Africa related topics from academic institutions in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to participate in the conference. This year, because we are virtual, we especially welcome your connections to scholars and practitioners who currently live and work in Africa. Submissions are needed in every area—from all disciplines and fields, including education, health sciences, development studies, social sciences and humanities, international and public affairs, and law, among others.

To present at the conference, please submit an abstract of 150 to 200 words through the online submission form.  The deadline to submit your proposal is March 22 by 11:59 PM.

A conference website with the full agenda will be made available before the conference takes place. You may register to attend and or present at the event when the registration link becomes available.  Registration will be free.

The conference will take place May 13-14, 2021. Due to COVID19, the event will be held virtually.

Submit your research here.

 

Register for the conference here.

 

More about the Annual Conference

The Critical Research on Africa: Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Conference creates a space for the sharing of ideas and broader intellectual engagement for Africanist faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.  Seeing the need for opportunities for scholarly development and networking among educators and researchers in African Studies outside of the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, we invite Africanists from universities, community colleges, HBCUs, and other academic institutions in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to participate in the conference.  The larger goal is to stimulate a regional intellectual community for Africanist scholars and researchers across a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and institutions.  Papers aligned with the conference theme or papers on other themes are all welcome.  Co-sponsors for this conference also include the Department of Africana Studies, the U.S. Department of Education, and the University Center for International Studies.

 

 

 
 

Agenda and Information to be announced shortly