7th Iberian Congress of African Studies - 50 years of african independencies: challenges to modernit (CIEA7)

Venue: Lisbon

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Sep 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2010
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The Center for African Studies (ISCTE / Lisbon University Institute) and the Center for African Studies of the University of Porto are organizing the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies which will be hosted by ISCTE / Lisbon University Institute between 9 and 11 September 2010.


How does Africa look at its past, its present, its future? Rather than wondering about the reality of specific African conceptions of historical time, the CIEA7 proposes to examine the terms by which African societies refer to a transformative vision of the past and the dynamics of the present, in search of visions of the future. Our aim is to see how their visions transcend the particular identities of societies and nations of the continent and evaluate their regional, political and religious variations.

Fifty years after the independence of most African countries, the continent is facing a range of new opportunities for international dialogue. Such new opportunities undermine traditional assumptions that relate to their historical relationship with their former colonizing countries while valuing the nature and variety of their cultural heritage.

Various African societies have found innovative responses to the challenges of globalization, either relating to the fields of trade, politics and culture or to the complex scenarios of economic, environmental and energy crises that have been affecting all humanity. These responses and the accompanying re-readings of the past have been the basis of profound identity shifts that reveal the weaknesses of attempts to apply external models of society and state of European and American origin to African countries.

For the three plenary sessions of the Congress, the Executive Board considers it important to define a set of specific topics focused on recent transformations in African historiography, an analysis of the contemporary dynamics of African states, and conflicting perceptions of the continent's future.

Call for Panels - till 20th January

We invite all interested parties to submit proposals for panels to one of the plenary sessions proposed. The organizers will give preference to panels co-organized by researchers from different universities and institutions.

The official languages of the Congress are Portuguese, Spanish and English, and the panels can be spoken in any of these languages.

Proposals for panels, with the names of the organizers, the institutions involved, an e-mail adress and an abstract of 1000 characters should be sent to:

Further information can be found following the link below:

Dates to remember:
December 10 to January 20: Call for panels

February 15: Communication of accepted panels

February 20 to March 30: Call for papers

April 30: Notification of accepted papers


Additional Information

Further information can be found following the link below: http://cea.iscte.pt/ciea7/en/index.html