African Studies Association 2021 – Call for Political Economy Papers and Panels

The Political Economy and Development section invites proposals for the 2021 ASA Annual Conference. We seek proposals that address political economy and development, broadly understood, as well as scholarship that directly engages with the conference theme of “Re-centering Africa: Resistance and Renewal in a World Beyond Covid-19.” We encourage papers and panels that address traditional research topics such as public goods, clientelism, patrimonialism, and the politics of oil; however, we strongly encourage papers and panels that engage with emerging and critical debates in the Political Economy of Africa. Such topics could include: Chinese investment and engagement in Africa (including for example debt diplomacy, the impact of Chinese imports on African economies, and variations in local labor laws for Chinese employment), structural transformation in borrowing and government fiscal capacity in the age of Covid, and research on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. We seek proposals from scholars who employ a range of methodologies and frameworks to examine political economy and development and encourage African-based scholars, early-career scholars to submit proposals. You must Register as an ASA member before you can submit a proposal. The deadline is April 1. Details can be found here.

In addition to submitting proposals to the Political Economy and Development section, we invite anyone working on political economy in Africa to join us for a virtual reception during the conference, hosted by the Political Economy and Development conference sub-chairs, Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Skidmore College, and Carl LeVan, Professor, Comparative and Regional Studies, American University.

Professor Carl LeVan
Professor Emmanuel Balogun

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