CFP:Memory and Imagination in the Making of African Identities

SERSAS Second Call for Paper Proposals

“Memory and Imagination in the Making of African Identities”
Spring SERSAS-SEAN Conference
7-8 March 2014
Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, USA

Hosted by Georgia College and State University in partnership with the University of Florida Center for African Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill African Studies Center.

The conference organizers of the South East Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) are inspired by recent scholarship that seeks to address questions of memory and imagination in how we first make and then render meaning from the multiple and often intersecting identities reflected in African people, societies and states. Other studies have revealed how popular consciousness in Africa has reflected the ways people and societies have created powerful meanings from oral traditions, shared memories, and imagined pasts, presents and futures. We seek to explore these and related themes in our upcoming conference, and welcome proposals at this time.

We especially welcome proposals that may include analyses of a variety of constructed identities including ethnicity, race, class, gender, generation, cultural and linguistic, political, national and religious. Additionally, papers that may address identities related to the body and medical discourses are similarly welcome. Past conference papers have come from a variety of academic disciplines including anthropology, economics, geography, history, literary studies, maritime studies, music, African and foreign languages (in translation) and political science.

The Spring 2014 SERSAS Conference seeks to give faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students the opportunity to share scholarship within the friendly atmosphere for which SERSAS is renowned. The coordinators of SERSAS cordially invite you to present your work within the wide parameters of the conference theme.

SERSAS and SEAN pride themselves on providing an open and collegial forum for the exchange of ideas. This includes providing opportunities for advanced graduate students to present their work and win the SERSAS Annual Prize for the best graduate student paper. We therefore encourage graduate students and their faculty mentors to consider putting forward proposals.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words that outline the main themes and issues of your paper to:

Anta Sane:
Aran MacKinnon:
Ken Wilburn:

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2014.

ACCOMODATIONS: A limited number of complimentary rooms have been placed on hold for conference presenters to stay for one night on Friday 7 March at the Holiday Inn Express in Milledgeville. The first 25 presenters who apply to the coordinators will have their hotel room charges covered (no food, beverage or miscellaneous items can be reimbursed). Approved participants confirmed by the coordinators MUST first secure their own reservations with their own credit card. The reservation deadline for conference reimbursed hotel rooms is 4 March 2014. On completion of their stay, the room charge will be paid. Those wishing to stay an additional night, or those who do not are not within the pre-approved 25 number limit, will need to cover their own accommodations.


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