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7th European Conference on African Studies

Please note that the deadline for panel submissions for ECAS 2017 is extended to 30 September 2016 as agreed by the board of AEGIS.

The 7th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2017) will take place in Basel, Switzerland from 29 June to 1 July 2017. It is organized by the Centre for African Studies Basel (University of Basel) in cooperation with the Swiss Society for African Studies on behalf of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies AEGIS.

The general conference theme is Urban Africa - Urban Africans : New encounters of the rural and the urban. Please visit the conference website for further details on the general theme.
The conveners are explicitly open and sensitive to proposals focusing the rural. Africa may be becoming urban but it will remain a rural continent for a long time. Urbanization has an impact on the nature of the rural much in the same way the character of the rural shapes urban dynamics in particular ways. It will be of crucial importance to explore rural-urban entanglements on the continent and encourage researchers with a strong research record in rural Africa to bring their expertise to bear on how the changing face of the continent is impacting their own object. Propositions addressing other themes and emerging issues in particular are equally welcome.
Please submit your panel proposition before 30 September 2016 using the online form available at You will be asked to provide your contact details, institutional affiliation and current position, the title of your panel, a short abstract of no more than 300 characters (including spaces) and a long abstract of no more than 250 words. The main conference language being English, this information should be submitted in either English or French.
Panels will last an hour and a half and will include a maximum of 5 participants, including the panel convener and/or discussant. Panels are required to be open for paper proposals. Each participant shall present one paper only but may be involved as convener of a further panel, plenary session or roundtable, or be involved as discussant in one of these (i.e. one additional role).
On submission of the proposal, the proposing convener (but not the co-conveners) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. In case you do not confirm this receipt please contact

Proposals will be marked as pending until the Scientific Committee’s decisions are communicated by the end of October 2016.

 Please read the description of the conference theme before proceeding to the panel proposal form.
 All proposals must be made via the online form.
 ECAS requires all accepted panels to be open to paper proposals through the website : panels shall not be organized as ’closed’ sessions.
 Delegates may only make one presentation, although they may have one additional role as convener of a plenary session, panel, or roundtable ; or as discussant in one plenary session, panel, or roundtable.
 In the case of CRG panels please indicate the CRG-name in your submission.


Centre for African Studies Basel
ECAS 2017
Petersgraben 11
CH-4051 Basel
Tel : +41 267 34 86