Climate-driven migration is expected to intensify in the coming decades. Experts estimate that by 2050 there will be 200 million climate migrants, and many African people and states will face disproportionate challenges from the climate crisis. Such migration flows on multiple axis, not only out of nations and regions but from rural to urban areas. This may intensify urbanization processes and generate new forms of urbanity. At the same time, migration in response to environmental and climatic factors has a much deeper history throughout Africa, and historical considerations provide important insights for the present day. The complexity of climate change and its effects necessitates an interdisciplinary approach, bridging the humanities, social sciences, and climate sciences.

This panel invites scholars from all disciplines to explore climate change and migration in Africa in both a historical and contemporary context. Bringing together voices from various disciplinary backgrounds and specializing in different regions of the African continent, the panel will provide a multi-dimensional analysis of climate change and migration, asking questions including: What are some major regional differences in historical and contemporary climate-driven migration in Africa? How can multiple disciplines achieve effective dialogue when addressing this critical issue? In what ways does an Africanist lens provide critical contributions to understanding the consequences of climate change? And, how has climate-driven migration reshaped African rural and urban space historically and how will it do so in the years to come? Please submit proposals by March 10 to [email protected]

Interested parties should email paper proposals to [email protected] before Saturday, March 26.