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Call for Papers

Theme: Nationalisms
Type: 20th Annual Africa Conference
Institution: Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX (USA)
Date: 27.–29.3.2020
Deadline: 15.12.2019

Africa’s histories and politics reveal trends of nationalism in
response to colonial conquest, anti-colonial resistance, movements of
liberation, neo-colonialism, and post-colonial developments, as well
as the emergence of African nationalist theories. Used in social,
political, and economic spheres, nationalism and its effect augment
dimensions of heightened complexity. The 2020 Africa Conference
intends to critically examine the highly intricate and contested
processes of nationalism and its significance for African societies
and for African diaspora across the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and
the Indian Ocean.

The primary aim of the conference is to reflect on the varying and
varied forms of nationalism and the manner in which they have
developed. Simultaneously, the conference intends to create an
intellectual space for examining the politics and economics of
nationalism that marginalize, exclude, disempower, and denude certain
groups, while giving privilege, authority, and power to others.
Beyond the specific emphasis on Africa, the overarching focus of the
conference is to engage with different theoretical inflections that
have emerged in the existing scholarship on nationalism as well as to
probe the ways in which they have been challenged and reformulated
within the circles of academic and policy discourses.

Scholars are invited to examine diverse aspects of nationalism in
Africa, at the level of the state and communities, as well as within
the African diaspora. The conference intends to address core
questions of how nationalism and its theories developed, their
postcolonial and global significance, and their connection to other
movements, with attention to the specific practices of diverse
social, linguistic, religious, and ethnic nationalisms that can be
observed in the African continent and diaspora today. Participants
are invited to critically analyzed the hidden texts of nationalist
narratives, analyzing the role of women and other minorities and
intersectional identities in nationalist formations. The conference
will address the impacts of nationalism on economics and foreign
policy, as well as its influence on social relations and interactions
within the African context. Contemporary issues such as those
citizenship, identity politics, refugees and conflicts caused by
movements of nationalism will also be foregrounded. Furthermore, the
conference will engage with how emergent and resurgent nationalisms
in other world regions such as Europe and the Americas shape the
discourses and movements of contemporary African nationalism. The
objective of such dialogues is to pluralize the narratives on certain
assumed and ambiguous positionalities in African societies.

Following the tradition of past years, the conference will provide a
platform for scholars from various disciplines and geographical
locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback.
Submitted papers will be assigned to various panels according to the
similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus.
Thematically focused panel proposals (with 3-5 participants) are
highly encouraged. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and
present paper. The broader goal of the conference is to publish
selected papers in a series of book volumes.

We invite submissions on the following sub-themes, in addition to
other ideas that the participants may have:

- Ethnic nationalist politics in Africa
- Precolonial nationalist formations
- Nineteenth century state formations (e.g., the jihads, Mfecane,
 Yoruba wars, etc.)
- Race and Nationalism
- Citizenship, nationality, and migrant workers in Africa
- Minoritarian nationalism in Africa
- Migration, xenophobia, and nationalism in Africa
- Conflicts, refugees, and national identities in Africa
- Borderland, migration, and citizenship in Africa
- Linguistic identities and nation-state in Africa
- Interactions of nationalist movements
- Histories of nationalist movements in Africa
- Movements of African nationalism
- Cosmopolitanism, hybridity, and African pluriversalism
- Globalization, Afropolitanism, African futures
- Religious expressions of nationalism in Africa
- Post-colonial and liberation nationalism in Africa
- Movements of Pan-Africanism
- Women in African nationalism
- Nationalism, Gender, and Power in Africa
- LGBTQ+ Identities and Movements
- Intersectionality and National Identity
- Nationalist movements by countries
- African theories of nationalism
- Contemporary understandings of liberalism and nationalism
- Economic nationalism and processes of development
- Africa and European nationalisms
- Africa and American nationalisms
- Africa and the global resurgence of populist-nationalist movements
- Nationalism and its intersections with Sports, Entertainment, and
- Cyber-nationalisms
- Artistic expressions of nationalism
- Theorists (e.g., Frantz Fanon)

Each individual proposal must include: (1) title of the work, and an
abstract of 200 words (2) name of the presenter (with surname
underlined) (3)mailing address (4) phone number (5) email (6)
institutional affiliation (7) three to five keywords that best
characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission.
Participants are expected to follow these guidelines.

Proposals for panels (3-5 presenters) must include: (1) title of the
panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme,
including the title of each individual work (2) a 200 word abstract
of each individual speaker (3) mailing address (4) phone number (5)
email (6) institutional affiliation of each presenter.

Proposals will be accepted by email:,
the conference email:, and on the
official conference website from mid-June to 15th December 2019:

Participants who require visa to enter the United States must submit
abstracts and register early as it may take six months to book visa

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and
$100 for graduate students must be paid immediately upon acceptance
of abstract. This conference fee includes conference t-shirt and bag,
admission to the panels, workshops, and special events, as well as
transportation to and from the hotel and conference events.
Registration also includes breakfast for all three days, dinner on
Friday night, lunch on Saturday, a banquet with DJ and open bar
Saturday evening, and a closing celebration at Dr. Falola’s house
including dinner and DJ. All participants must raise the funding to
attend the conference, including registration fee, transportation,
and accommodation.

The conference and the University of Texas at Austin do not provide
any form of sponsorship or financial support. However, the Holiday
Inn Austin Town Lake will have a special rate for conference
participants, and transportation between the hotel and the university
is included.

If you have questions, contact Toyin Falola or the Conference
Coordinator Chukwuemeka Agbo. All correspondence including submission
of abstracts, panel proposals, completed papers, and all kinds of
inquiries must go through designated emails as listed below:

Submission of Abstracts and Panel Proposals:,, and on
the conference website:

Submission of completed papers:

For all inquiries: