Calls for Papers & Conference Participation

CFP: The 2017 Postcolonial Studies Convention will be held at the School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, from 18th to 20th September 2017. Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective. Read more…


CFP: College Art Association Conference, New York City, February 15-18, 2017
Panel sponsored by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association


Artists have long ruminated on boundaries levied against bodies in the name of varied and often intersecting concerns, be they political, cultural, religious, philosophical, medicinal, or otherwise. This panel engages artistic activity that centers flesh, membrane, or skin as a site or means for questioning boundaries imposed from without. Although restricted to Africa and its diasporas, the panel is otherwise open to scholarly analysis of art work around this theme. For instance, panelists may consider artistic treatment of human, animal, or architectural flesh; haptic, optic, or other sensory experience wherein the flesh is principle conduit; flesh as fabric for mind-body exploration; (trans)national, psychoanalytic, or biopolitical studies that prominently situate flesh; censorship of flesh and artful activist endeavors to override it; or the poetics of flesh as material or metaphor for personal purpose. Other approaches to this topic are also welcome.

By August 30, interested parties should send a c.v., an abstract of no more than 250 words, a letter of interest and CAA’s Proposal Submission Form (see below) to Shannen Hill, All parties will be notified of the outcome by September 15.


  1. You must be current CAA members through February 18, 2017, and must register for the conference. Conference registration opens in mid-September.
  2. You may not participate in more than one session as a “speaker,” but you may give a paper in one session and serve as a chair, moderator, or discussant in another session. Exception: An individual who participates in a Professional Development Workshop as a speaker may present a paper in a general session.
  3. A paper that has been published previously or presented at another scholarly conference may not be delivered at the CAA Annual Conference.
  4. You must inform session chair(s) if you are submitting one or more proposals to other sessions in the 2017 Call for Participation.
  5. If your individual paper proposal was accepted to an open/un-chaired paper session in June, but you would prefer to participate in one of the chaired sessions listed in the 2017 Call for Participation, you must: (a) inform the chair(s) of this previous acceptance in your application form, and (b) inform CAA of this intention by August 30, 2016, via email to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs ( You will not be removed from the open/un-chaired session unless your paper is accepted by the chair(s) of the chaired session. Please note: Previous acceptance to an open/un-chaired paper session does not guarantee acceptance to a chaired session. You may only give a paper in one session.
  6. Acceptance in a session implies a commitment to follow the deadlines outlined in this document, register for the Annual Conference (single-session registration is required; full conference registration is encouraged), attend that session, and participate fully in person.


Due August 30, 2016

Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chairs. Every proposal should include the following five items:

  1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end of this document. Make sure your name appears EXACTLY as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website. Make sure your affiliation appears as the official, recognized name of your institution and do not list multiple affiliations. No changes will be accepted after September 15, 2016.
  2. Paper abstract (strict 250 word maximum) in the form of one double-spaced, typed page with final title for paper at top of page. Make sure your paper title and abstract appear EXACTLY as you would like them published in the conference program and Abstracts 2017; no changes will be accepted from you or your session chairs after September 15, 2016.
  3. Letter explaining your interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status (all participants must be current members through February 18, 2017; inactive or lapsed members will be pulled from participation by December).
  4. Shortened CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if applicable.
  5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which artists might discuss their own work.

Download the CAA Session Participation Proposal Submission Form here.


CFP: College Art Association, 2017 Annual Meeting, New York
Methods for the Study of Colonial Visual and Material CultureChair(s): John F. López, Skidmore College

With the turn towards visual and material culture, art and architectural historians have put to task the periphery-metropole binary, questioning the applicability and validity of art historical categories such as “artist,” “art,” and “genius” in colonial artworks. Inherent in this binary was the belief that hermetically sealed “superior” civilizations bestowed culture upon socially backward and morally corrupt societies in far away places. The discipline has already acknowledged that this unidirectional movement of culture is more myth than fact and that the periphery was not just a passive receptor of metropolitan models, but rather, a mutually constitutive body in a global network of artistic ideas, material exchanges, and aesthetic concerns. Attuned to the asymmetrical and incongruent relationship between colonial artworks and canonical art historical categories, scholars have offered a myriad of models, such as “mestizaje,” “prime object,” or “mutual entanglement” to name but three, as methodological inroads for locating and scrutinizing the production of art and architecture in a colonial context. Open to any geographic location and time period, the aim of this panel is to engage in a trans-regional discussion about the interpretative frames employed in the study of colonial African, Asian, and Latin American art and architecture. In doing so, the session chair welcomes papers that examine historical and historiographical themes, concepts, or problems from a methodological standpoint that aid understanding strategies for considering colonial visual and material culture. Please submit a paper abstract (250 words max.), CV, and session participation form by August 30 to


59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
December 1- 3, 2016 Washington Marriott Wardman Park

DEADLINE for proposals to the ACASA board: February 29, 2016

ADDRESS: Send proposals electronically to
Cécile Fromont, ASA Liaison,
and copy Liese Van der Watt ACASA Secretary,

Conference Theme: Imagining Africa at the Center:
Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies
ACASA sponsors one panel and/or one roundtable at ASA’s annual meeting. We invite proposals for panels in all areas of the study of the arts of Africa, and we welcome submissions from professionals and scholars at all stages of their careers. Proposals are particularly encouraged that focus on this year’s theme of “Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies.

A panel has a chair, no more than four paper presenters, and a discussant. A panel proposal consists of 1) the panel title and abstract; 2) names, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation of each participant on the panel; 3) paper titles and an abstract for all the papers. The panel abstract should consist of a statement about the topic and a brief summary of the main argument(s) to be explored (approximately 250 words). The quality of the panel abstracts is the main criterion for acceptance; a panel with a weak abstract or with two or more weak paper abstracts is unlikely to be accepted.

A roundtable consists of a chair and no more than five presenters. A roundtable proposal consists of a title, abstract, and the proposed roundtable participants. The roundtable abstract should consist of a statement about the topic and a brief summary of the main issues to be explored (approximately 250 words). The quality of the roundtable abstract is the main criterion for acceptance. A roundtable with a weak abstract is unlikely to be accepted.

An Author Meets Critic Roundtable consists of a chair and no more than five presenters. One of the five presenters must be the author of the work being discussed. If someone other than the author is submitting the roundtable, they must confirm that the author will participate if the roundtable is accepted. An Author Meets Critic Roundtable proposal must include the name and affiliation of the book’s author(s), the complete title of the book, the publication date and name of publisher, a brief statement on the significance of the book to African studies, and the names and affiliations of confirmed roundtable participants, and justification for why they were chosen.

Panel chairs must be members of ACASA. For those panels and/or roundtables accepted for ACASA sponsorship, all participants on a panel, including the chair and discussant, must be pre-registered to the ASA conference by May 31, 2016 in order to be accepted and listed in the program by ASA.

The ASA call for proposals is accessible at: