Ankündigung: Call for Papers

‘Reframing’ (post-) colonial housing through African workers
Within the framework of VAD Conference 2018, Leipzig

Our project is organising a panel entitled 'Reframing' (post-)colonial housing through African workers within the framework of the Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD), Leipzig University. The theme of the 2018 Conference is "African Connections"

The conference takes place from 27 - 30 June 2018.

We are looking forward to your proposals for contributions to our panel: 'Reframing' (post-) colonial housing through African workers

Worker housing represented the commonest built element in the colonial landscape. It is understood as a distinct component of broader ambitions of colonial powers to shape the physical spaces of (public and private) city lives of African workers and as a means to gain both their consent and achieve domination. The panel will trace, in historical perspective, the aspirations of colonial powers with respect to the governing of African workers in different cities. 

The panel will ask for ways and means through which African workers came to ‘reframe’ (responded to) the housing orders imposed on them by the respective colonial powers, be it via adaptation, ignorance, resistance, transformation, subversion or even profit. Our understanding is that housing represented a terrain shaped by processes stretching beyond its immediate physical landscape – processes of contestation through which multiple perspectives of a variety of players come to be heard. We invite case studies from any forms of employment during the colonial and post-colonial era: be it mining, agriculture, infrastructure buildings and/or administration. 

We look for contributions which will trace interconnectivity at various levels and scales, ranging from local via transnational to global, e.g. by connecting the individual experiences to their respective metropolises. We will point to mobility and transfer of ideas, designs, concepts, experts, policies and practices across regions and continents both at individual and structural level.

Deadline for proposals is 30 November 2017.

A list of all panels of the conference as well as all relevant information is to be found here.

 Ankündigung: Call for Papers

Zugänge zu Forschungen über/in Afrika
4. Tagung des Netzwerks „Afrikaforschung in Österreich“

Approaches to research on/in Africa
4th conference of the network “Africa-related research in Austria”

von 19. – 21. April 2018
am Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien

Alle weiteren Details finden Sie hier.
Abstracts bitte bis zum 1. Dezember 2017 an

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Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Beiträge! 
Birgit Englert, Bianca Boros, Dominik Spörker
für das Veranstaltungskomitee

VeranstalterInnen: Netzwerk Afrikaforschung Österreich
in Kooperation mit: Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien:,  Studienrichtungsvertretung Afrikawissenschaften, „Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien“