Scholarship on the political history of twentieth-century Africa has taken a “post-colonial” turn in the last five years, drawing from fragmented archives to illuminate the ways that individuals, groups, and states sought to re-imagine and re-configure political structures after the end of colonialism. Recent studies have demonstrated that these actors often drew upon or were informed by contexts larger than the nation-state.

This panel will explore trans-national political geographies of post-colonial Africa that intersected with but were not wholly subsumed within the fading and emerging empires tied to (neo)colonialism and/or Cold War intervention. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, networks of political exiles, attempts to build regional and continental organizations, Third-World socialisms, or Pan-African cultural and political projects.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please email proposals and questions to [email protected] before March 8.