Call for panels
Africa: Connections and Disruptions
Africa has witnessed substantial continuities, and acute ruptures. The continent is home to processes that have prevailed for millennia, and other movements that are in a state of flux. Africa’s connections and disruptions are both enduring and novel. Moreover, the relative weight attached to each element, and the perceived relationship between them varies greatly depending on the observer: from the colonial administrator, to the African farmer, to the entrepreneur, to the nurse, to the politician, to the preacher, to the civil servant, to the LGBTQ campaigner, to the aid worker.
The 8th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2019) invites the submission of panel proposals addressing the theme of Africa: Connections and Disruptions. We welcome panels and papers representing all disciplines and methodological approaches of the social Sciences and humanities. First priority shall be given to proposals explicitly concerned with the conference theme, but the scientific committee will also consider panels on other topics.
The call for panels is now closed. The Programme Committee is making its decisions, and these will now be communicated by 21st December. We apologise for the long delay, largely caused by the high number of panel proposals received.
All panels had to be proposed online. We do not accept proposals made via email! Please read the instructions carefully and then proceed to make your panel proposal.
All panel proposals must consist of:
- a panel title
- names and email addresses of the panel convenor(s)*
- a short abstract of less than 300 characters
- a long abstract of less than 250 words
*Convenors are the scholars who create, propose and run the panel throughout the conference process. Convenors can function as the chairs and discussants in their panel, but they may also invite other scholars to perform those roles. A chair is responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing the speakers, and general timekeeping in panel sessions. A discussant’s role is to provide the audience with insight about the substance and significance of the papers by briefly summarising the individual contributions and then integrating them with the general addressed by the panel.
The main conference language being English, this information should be submitted in either English or French.
The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment - please use the convention of Firstname Lastname (Institution). If these roles are to be taken by convenors, then please do not enter your own names there as it is implicit that this will be the case where other names are not listed.
On submission of the proposal, the proposing convener (but not the co-conveners) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this notification, use the login link above, to see if your proposal is in our system. If it is not, please re-submit. If in doubt contact admin(at)ecasconference.org. Proposals will be marked as pending until the Scientific Committee's decisions are communicated by the end of November 2018.
Apart from the usual panels that allow for the presentation of prepared papers, previous ECAS conferences have also had several successful roundtables. If you wish to propos a roundtable you can, and should append [Roundtable] to the panel title to indicate this. In the long abstract please indicate the names of any proposed speakers. It is presumed that roundtables will not be 'open' in the sense of being part of the subsequent call for papers. If you wish to invite potential speakers to propose themselves for your roundtable, please append [Open] to the long abstract.
- All panels must have a minimum of one convenor, but ideally should have at least two.
- All accepted panels should be open to paper proposals through the website: panels should not be organised as 'closed' sessions.
- Panel sessions will last 90 minutes and include a maximum of 4 participants. So, no more than 3 papers with a discussant; or 4 papers with no discussant. It is important to allow time for discussion.
- Panels may run for a maximum of two sessions. When the call for papers has closed, convenors may accept no more than 8 papers (see preceding rule).
- Roundtables may run for a maximum of one session.
- A conference participant may present only one paper but may also act as convener of a panel, plenary session or roundtable, or be involved as discussant in one of these (i.e. only one additional role).
- While adherence to the conference theme is not the main criteria for panel selection, ECAS2019 encourages conveners (those proposing/organising a panel) to make an effort to address the questions and ideas outlined in the theme description.
- Panel convenors can use the login link in the toolbar above to edit their proposals. Co-convenors cannot be added/removed through this environment - please email admin(at)ecasconference.org to do this.
- All convenors, authors, chairs and discussants will be expected to register online in advance of the event and pay a registration fee to attend.
- ECAS expects convenors of accepted panels to commit to the panel and conference: convenors will need to observe deadlines for action requested by the conference organisers, communicate with all those proposing papers to their panels to inform them of their decisions, and continue to communicate with the accepted presenters as the panel prepares for the event.
Pre-circulation of papers
ECAS 2019 has no rule about this; however many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on email traffic, if requested by convenors, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the online system, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.
Timing of presentations
Each session slot will be 90 minutes long, accommodating a maximum of five presenters. Convenors should allot each presenter a maximum of 15 minutes. We will show the allocation of papers across the sessions within a panel in the printed programme (but not online), so delegates reading the conference book will be able to panel hop to attend specific papers.
Communication between authors/convenors
Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email admin(at)ecasconference.org to obtain relevant email addresses.