New York African Studies Association (NYASA)

Call for Papers: NYASA’s 43rd Annual Conference – Global Africa: Human Migration, The African Diaspora, and the Future 2018 – New Jersey, USA

The New York African Studies Association (NYASA) 2018 welcomes papers on all aspects of human migration in Africa, its diaspora, and what the future holds for Africa and Africans.

Application Deadline: 16th January 2018

To Be Taken At (Country): Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA

About the Award: Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

What are the political, economic, and social determinants of human migration in Africa, and how does migration affect governance in Africa? What is the role of the media (sports, movies, tv) in migration? In what ways does migration benefit the migrant, the migrant family, the migrant origin country, or the migrant destination country? How do migrants navigate the social, political, and economic contours of their adopted countries?  What are the negatives of migration to the individual migrant, the household, the local community, the country of origin, or the country of destination? Which individual-, national-, and/or systemic level-variables affect migration patterns? What is the role of human traffickers in migration? Which theoretical tools best explain the dynamics of contemporary African migration? How does literature, music, and/or film engage with this ongoing migration? How are contemporary media portrayals of this migration (over time or among nations) similar, different, inadequate, biased, and/or changing? How has the increased migration out of the Middle East influenced depictions of migrating Africans? What is the future for Africans in and/or outside of Africa?

While the above questions are based on the theme chosen at the 2017 NYASA Annual Meeting, NYASA will also welcome proposals for presentations, panels, posters, roundtables, and plenary sessions from scholars in all academic disciplines that address other critical (historical, contemporary, or future) issues political, economic, social / cultural (gender, sex, race, class, ethnicity), religious, educational, literary, oral, linguistic, and musical as well as theater-performance, visual arts, information technology, geography, environment (including climate change, deforestation, water, GMO’s, resource extraction,), health-medical, law and legal rights, philosophy, etc.

Type: Call for Papers

Duration of Program: April 13-14, 2018

How to Apply: Please send abstracts of not more than 150 words to the Local Organizing Committee,

If not addressing the stated theme, please suggest a sub-theme that best fits your topic. Indicate if you will need media resources (e.g. Audio-Visual Equipment) for your presentation, and please include your name as you would like it to appear in the program along with institutional (or other) affiliation with city and state. For your proposal, please use (copy-and-paste) the following template to organize your proposal:





Institution/Affiliation Address:

Email address:

Phone Number(s):

Audio-visual needs:

Proposal (150 words):

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: The New York African Studies Association (NYASA)

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