We would like to invite scholars who plan to attend the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in San Diego, CA (Nov 19-22) to submit proposals of no more than 200 words for a Women’s Caucus sponsored panel provisionally titled, “Gender, Militarism, and the African State: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives.” This panel will explore the intersections of gender, militarism, and power in Africa, both in contemporary and historical contexts. We welcome abstracts from scholars representing all disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: feminist analyses of Africom, engendering the “war on terror” in Africa, engendering Boko Haram or al-Shabaab, women in militaries or national liberation struggles, the military-industrial complex in Africa, sexual violence in armed conflicts, the militarization of humanitarian relief and its gendered repercussions, and the construction, maintenance, and performance of militarized masculinities and femininities in African politics. The Women’s Caucus Panel Committee will select four presenters for this panel, as well as a discussant. Please note that all panelists must be current members of the ASA and the Women’s Caucus. Upon acceptance, all panelists will need to pre-register for the conference by May 1st to be included in the conference bulletin. If you have any questions about this panel, or would like to submit an abstract, please contact Alicia Decker ([email protected]) by March 1st.