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2017 Call for Panelists

This page contains calls for panelists for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Information about each proposal may be found below. Please contact the panel organizer directly for more information or to share your abstract. If you would like to submit a call for panelists, you may do so by filling out this form.

  • Written by Renee DeLancey
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New urbanism in Africa – urban-to-rural migration and its implications

organized by CristinaUdelsmann Rodrigues (Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden).

African mobility is an important aspect of urbanisation patterns and conditions (Potts, 2010; Simone, 2011). While the outstanding urbanisation and the growth of main cities is worldwide a central concern today, in many contemporary African cases new dynamics involving both the private and government enterprises in the rural areas gradually attract, voluntarily and involuntarily, urban dwellers and rural migrants to new forms of settlement (Agergaard, Fold, & Gough, 2009; D. F. Bryceson, 2011; D. Bryceson & MacKinnon, 2012; Dobler, 2009).

  • Written by Renee DeLancey
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Exploring hybrid governance through the lens of public service provision

Organized by DWL Ehrhardt, Leiden University

From getting medical treatment or arranging electricity connections to settling disputes and accessing welfare programs: citizens of many African countries face a wide range of hurdles in trying to access such public services. Partly in response to these hurdles, informal channels of service provision, such as traditional or religious authorities but also entrepreneurial private middlemen, have developed alongside the formal bureaucracies of the state.

  • Written by Kathryn
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Meaningful Objects: Analyzing Contemporary West African Material Cultures

Submitted by Wendy Thompson Taiwo (Metropolitan State University)

What can the study of material objects tell us about the expectations, values, and desires of West African people operating in a particular time and space and producing or responding to particular set of aesthetics or politics? How does material culture studies help us understand power, status, work, and pleasure in relation to the production of ideas, perceptions, and information that circulate throughout local and transnational West African communities and networks?

  • Written by Kathryn
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Great expectations: The paradox of dreams and disillusions in Youth Institutions

Organized by Lynn Schler, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Educational institutions play a large role in the lives of children and youth, particularly in countries where poverty and high mortality re-shapes the structure of families and communities. In addition to providing safety and shelter, youth institutions often invest in young people’s futures, providing formal education and vocational training that offer the possibility of a better future.

  • Written by Kathryn
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Marriage in Africa: Reconceptualizing the Past, Present, and Future of an Evolving Institution

Submitted by Benjamin Lawrance (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Kate Skinner (University of Birmingham)

Marriage is central to African life and a vibrant and dynamic African institution buttressing justice and injustices, legality and illegitimacy across the continent. Marriages—by choice, by capture, by contract, by purchase—have been foundational to the instantiation of agency, autonomy, representation, reproduction, intimacy, rape, slavery, lineage, family and law.

  • Written by Kathryn
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Between War and Peace: Resilience, Institutions, and Violence in Africa

Organized by Solange Fontana, University of Oxford, and David Peyton, Northwestern University

The panel considers the nature and role of institutions in contexts of violence. Institutions shape and are shaped by the social environment in which they reside, yet our knowledge of how this reciprocal relationship interacts with conflict dynamics remains, at best, understudied.

  • Written by Kathryn
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African cities on the move: Urban mobilities as meaningful everyday practices

Organized by Allen Xiao, University of Wisconsin- Madison, and Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University

The perspective that cities are becoming “mobile” casts important light on ideas and practices of urbanism, and has spurred a variety of empirical research. However, scholars have had a hard time articulating the relationship between a unique urbanism (in certain aspects of the environment, institution and ways of life) and the specific mobilities embedded in the urban landscape.

  • Written by Kathryn
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Urban land governance

Organized by Aïdas Sanogo, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel

Literature on land governance in Sub Saharan Africa is oftentimes more inclined towards rural areas, due to the predominance of rural land issues in countries whose economy is mainly based on agriculture. However, the growing number of “primary” and “secondary” cities over the last decades, and the subsequent increase of urban dwellers, has led to the multiplication of conflicts over land access and property rights processes in African cities.

  • Written by Kathryn
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Modeling change, changing models: demonstrations and development in colonial and post-colonial Africa

Organized by Jonathan Robins, Michigan Technological University

Pilot schemes have been the starting point for projects to reform and restructure African economies, environments, bodies, and minds for well over a century. Governments, NGOs, and entrepreneurs have all employed models like demonstration farms or pilot schools to launch ambitious projects of change.

  • Written by Kathryn
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The Return of Industrial Policy in Africa

Organizer by Pritish Behuria, London School of Economics and Political Science

This panel welcomes papers that examine how different African countries have re-introduced policy over the last few years.
The international development policymaking climate has been more amenable to discussions of industrial policy since Justin Lin's work on New Structural Economics. Though industrial policy had always been enacted to some degree in African countries, it had been relegated to the margins of public policy since the structural adjustment era.

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