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Call for Papers ECAS 2013 African women’s commitment to internationalisation and transnational movements 

The fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 5) will take place in Lisbon,
Portugal, on June 26 to 28, 2013. Further informations on the conference can be found here: http://cea.iscte.pt/ecas2013/cfp.shtml

They invite paper proposals for a panel (P128) entitled “African women’s commitment to internationalisation and transnational movements”. This panel aims to explore international/transnational dimensions of African militancy and mobilizations through women’s experiences. They welcome papers offering an in-depth historiographic, ethnographical or theoretical analysis from all social sciences’ traditions, dealing with Sub-Saharan or North Africa. Proposals can be in English or in French. Please find a detailed panel description below.

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The call for papers is now open and will close on 16th January 2013.

All proposals must be made via the on-line facility that ECAS2013 is using to handle all proposals:
http://www.nomadit.co.uk/ecas/ecas2013/panels.php5?PanelID=2229

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a short abstract of less than 300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries. They are looking forward to your
contributions!

Best regards,

Emmanuelle
Bouilly & Ophélie Rillon

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African women’s commitment to internationalisation and transnational movements

Social movement studies in Africa have recently contributed to the understanding of African connections to the world but without analyzing the specific role of women and gender in this process. This panel aims to explore international/transnational dimensions of African militancy and mobilizations through women’s experiences. The discussion intends to study both the international trajectories of African women and their participation in transnational movements. How do women committed in feminine or mixed mobilizations lay within and move at the international scale? The focus on individual and familial biographies will illustrate the role of sex and gender on different stages of the internationalization process and careers. For instance, how does gender constitute a resource or a constraint? Do female socialization, networks and capital facilitate the access to internationalisation? How do women cope with gendered assignations (couple, family, domesticate work) during their careers? The panel will also encompass how African women participate in the transnationalisation of movements. How do they contribute to the circulations of ideologies (such as feminism and non-specific related women issues as Pan-Africanism, workers’ internationalism, anti-imperialism, or anti-globalism) and activist know-how or practices? How do they re-invent or reinterpret it? Finally, the effects of the transnationalisation both on private life and movements will be considered: for example, the effects of the sexual division of labour. The panel welcomes papers offering an in-depth historiographic, ethnographical or theoretical analysis dealing with either political, associative, religious movements or trade-unions in sub-Saharan and North Africa; opens to all social sciences traditions (history, anthropology,
sociology, political science) with an historical focus not limited to the 20st and 21st centuries.

Convenors:

Emmanuelle Bouilly (CRPS- Paris I University) emmanuelle.bouilly@yahoo.fr
Ophélie Rillon (CEMAf – Paris I University) ophelie.rillon@gmail.com

Suggested Books

The Yoruba, one of the largest and most historically important ethnic groups in Nigeria, are noted for the economic activity, confidence, and authority of their women.

Readings in Gender in Africa collects the most important critical and theoretical writings on how gender issues have transformed contemporary views of Africa.

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