Yorkshire African Studies Network Call for Papers

Yorkshire African Studies Network Conference 2015
Family, Community and Livelihoods: Perspectives from Africa
19 May 2015, University of Sheffield

Recent years have seen impressive levels of economic growth in many parts of Africa, with a new discourse of ‘Africa Rising’ coming to displace the widespread pessimism of the late twentieth century. 2015 is also the year in which countries across the continent will be scrutinised regarding their achievements or failures in relation to the ‘Milliennium Development Goals’. In this one-day conference, we seek to go beyond statistics and national indicators to understand contemporary African societies in rich detail and at the local level. In particular, the conference will explore community and neighbourhood dynamics, family relations, parent-child relations, intergenerational relations, child rearing practices, work opportunities and livelihood choices, and how these are evolving in the context of changing socio-economic and political conditions. This agenda speaks to a wide range of contemporary concerns prevalent across much of Africa, including (but not limited to) the following: job creation and unemployment, fertility rates and demographic change, ‘youth bulges’, education, gender relations, children’s rights, the changing nature of family relations, labour relations, community participation, violence and crime, and the need for improved systems for urban and neighbourhood planning.We welcome applications from PhD students, researchers and academics focusing on the above issues in any part of the African continent from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies and Planning, Geography, History, Politics, Social Policy, Economics, amongst others. Please submit 300-word abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference to Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh    a.twum-danso@sheffield.ac.uk   by 31st March 2015. We will let you know as soon as possible after the deadline whether your paper proposal has been accepted.This call for papers is open to all academics, researchers and postgraduate students (PGT or PGR)–whether they are based in Yorkshire or elsewhere .Times and schedules will be confirmed in due course.

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