Call For Papers

The inaugural University of Minnesota International African Studies Conference, “Fault Lines” will bring together graduate students, junior and senior scholars concerned with how existing systems of knowledge production have shaped the contours and limits of the varying disciplines that cohere around African Studies. This international conference aims to encourage dialogues and debates about various “fault lines” in African Studies – thought simultaneously as the tenacity/obstinacy of disciplinary reason and Western conceptualizations/assumptions, and as enabling the possibility for critique/critical engagement along the breaks, slippages, overlaps, and variations therein.

We invite submissions from a variety of disciplinary and methodological traditions that are able to broadly address the conception of disciplinary, methodological and theoretical “fault lines,” to enable debates about diverse African geographical and temporal contexts. In particular we seek to explore fault lines associated with questions of gender, geographies, race, methodologies, and theoretical interventions.


  • critical approaches to social history in the aftermath of colonialism and apartheid
  • ethnography and other colonial methodological inheritances
  • oral history and the African “voice”
  • gender, LGBTI ontologies, and the ‘queering’ of disciplinary knowledges
  • race/ethnicity
  • geography/nation-state/region
  • time and temporality


The deadline for submissions has passed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Access the full CFP here