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Interpretations of Colonial and Neo-Colonial Africa

Call for Papers

Theme: Interpretations of Colonial and Neo-Colonial Africa
Subtitle: Defining / Understanding / Re-defining Legitimacy
Type: MAAAS 2017 Conference
Institution: Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS)
  Kansas African Studies Center, University of Kansas
Location: Lawrence, KS (USA)
Date: 20.–21.10.2017
Deadline: 28.8.2017

The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) will hold its
2017 conference at the University of Kansas on October 20-21 in
Lawrence, Kansas.

The MAAAS 2017 conference theme is “Interpretations of Colonial and
Neo-Colonial Africa: Defining / Understanding / Re-defining
Legitimacy.” The idea of legitimacy suggests a relationship between
actors where conflicts can be mitigated through formalized legal
institutions, and where everyone respects the rules of the game.
Colonialism had a disruptive effect on these relationships, however,
and the impact has resonated well into the post-colonial era. To
better understand Africa’s contemporary challenges and the concept of
legitimacy in modern times, we must re-examine the lasting impact
that colonialism had on ideas of legitimacy. Legitimacy is derived
from the social, political, cultural, linguistic, and economic
institutions that come to define a society and its people, and it is
directly related to the development and stability of countries. To
this end, we are seeking papers from all disciplines that address the
idea of legitimacy, broadly defined, in historical and contemporary

The deadline for submissions is August 28, 2017. Please send a
one-page Word document that includes your name, title, affiliation,
contact information, paper title, and abstract of up to 250 words to
kasc(at) Any queries about the conference may also be sent to
kasc(at) Further details about registration and the conference
program will be available later in the summer. A modest registration
fee will be charged with a reduced rate for students. For travel
purposes, attendees should plan on arriving in Lawrence by noon on
Friday October 20th and staying through the full day on October 21st.

The conference is open to graduate students, faculty, administrators,
staff, activists, and practitioners from any discipline. Graduate
students should consider submitting their work for the Ken Lohrentz
Graduate Paper Award. Please refer to the Ken Lorentz Graduate Awards
page on the MAAAS website for information:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts of
their original work for consideration. Papers that fall under the
conference theme of legitimacy in Africa are especially encouraged,
although other topics related to African Studies will be considered
by the program committee.

About MAAAS:

The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) is an
organization for the promotion of African Studies in mid-America,
including in particular the region between the Mississippi River and
the frontal range of the Rocky Mountains. Founded at the University
of Kansas in 1995, MAAAS seeks to encourage scholarship and teaching
in African Studies regionally and sub-regionally through conferences,
seminars, workshops, consortia, faculty and student exchanges,
cooperative relations between libraries, and promotion of African
language teaching, among other endeavors. MAAAS is open to all with
an interest in scholarship and teaching within an African Studies
focus, and it seeks especially to provide a forum for far-flung
Africanists in the middle of the U.S., where great distances exist
between relatively small pockets of African Studies enthusiasts.


Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS)
MAAAS 2017 Conference Committee
Email: kasc(at)