Africa Graduate Student Conference

Georgetown University’s Africa Graduate Students Conference

Georgetown University, February 22, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Waseem Bin-Kasim, Elon University.

Graduate students in the History Department and African Studies Program at Georgetown University invite submissions for a one-day conference on the theme, ‘‘Towards Africa’s Urban Landscape.’’

‘‘From Huts to Highrises: Africa’s Move to the Cities,’’ describes the transformations that most African cities have witnessed over the past centuries. Considering its suggestion that the urbanization of Africa is expected to be the fastest in world history, we welcome presentations from a diverse range of disciplines in the social sciences, arts and humanities which grapples with the multi-faceted aspects of this development. This conference is primarily a forum for graduate students to present their research to a cross-disciplinary audience. Topics welcomed on this theme include but are not limited to:

  • Cosmopolitanism and Transnationalism
  • African precolonial cities
  • Colonial and post-colonial cities
  • Urbanization and urbanism
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Urban Planning, Design and Development
  • Architecture
  • Urban Health
  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Commerce and the economy
  • Popular Culture
  • Space and Place

Interested participants should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by November 20, 2019. Please include your name, affiliation, contact details in the submission, and “Abstract submission” in the subject line. We have a limited number of small travel grants for participants who are citizens of African countries. All presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2019.