Nordic Africa Days 2014
Misbehaving States and Behaving Citizens? Questions of Governance in African States 26-27 September 2014, Uppsala, Sweden
Organiser: The Nordic Africa Institute
Dr Mo Ibrahim and Dr Morten Jerven
Call for Papers
The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) is the biannual conference of the Nordic Africa Institute organised for the past 15 years in the Nordic Countries, with participants representing the state of the art in African Studies and Africa related knowledge production.
The Nordic Africa Days 2014 has a thematic focus on different assumptions of governance. It cuts across research topics covering most African developments and processes, including, but not restricted to, conflict, security and democratic transformations; rural and agrarian changes, properties and resources; urban dynamics; and African international links in the global world. It is thus clearly multidisciplinary. This theme goes beyond the common reading of governance in political science or international relations. It aims to connect the formal state with other non-state forms of governance. Often, the state is discussed as an evil entity preying on its ethical citizens. Citizens are then described as the victims of state power. But are states not run by the same people that, looking at it from the opposite angle, are viewed as victims?
The conference is particularly inviting papers discussing governance in different ways. Papers should not just be looking at the state structures and sub-national government levels, but also at the formulation and governance in alternative structures such as ethnic and religious groups and socio-economic networks, which may at times compete and at times cooperate with state orchestrated governance. Contributions focusing on measuring and assessing governance and discussing criteria for governance and leadership are also especially encouraged.
PhD candidates and other young scholars are strongly encouraged to participate in the conference. The conference aims to be a forum for academic exchange and intellectual development, where contributions from a new generation of researchers are important and welcome. The conference also provides a venue for dialogue between Africa specialists within academic and policy arenas.
Submission of Paper Proposals
On the conference web page (http://www.nai.uu.se/events/nad-2014/panels/) you will find descriptions of the panels which have been accepted for the conference. For questions on panel content please contact the panel organisers directly. Paper proposals linked to the topics of the existing panels are primarily invited. There will however be a few thematically open panels so proposals within other subjects are also welcome.
Paper abstracts should include a description of the topic not exceeding 300 words, name, affiliation and contact details of the author. Indicate in your submission for which panel you are submitting your proposal. A person can only propose one paper for the conference.
Paper proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 May 2014.
Authors will be notified on acceptance by early June.
The conference registration fee is EUR 80 in general and EUR 40 for registered students and participants with residence in Africa. Conference registration opens as of April 2014.
NAD 2014 conference web page: www.nai.uu.se/events/nad-2014/