More often than not, the history of these models and experiments is dismissed as a history of failure, fueling a narrative that pits “conservative” or “traditional” Africa against changes emanating from the “modern” world. This panel asks how Africans engaged with, accepted, or subverted models they were supposed to imitate, and it questions how modelers responded when faced with resilient institutions and creative responses.

This panel seeks papers that illustrate how individuals, organizations, and institutions in Africa responded to model projects of all sorts. Papers are welcomed from all disciplines, but all proposals should articulate with the conference theme of “Institutions: Creativity and Resilience.”

Please include a name, affiliation, email address, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 200 words with your submission, along with a short biographical sentence (50 words or fewer). E-mail your proposal to: jrobins [at] mtu.edu no later than March 5.