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African Studies Graduate Student Association (ASGSA)

ASGSA Research Colloquium: Africa at the Crossroads: Changing Political, Cultural and Development Paradigms

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020

The African Studies Graduate Student Association (ASGSA) and the Department of African Studies and Research cordially invite department graduate students and faculty to participate in our upcoming research colloquium. The date for the colloquium is Saturday, March 7th; location is TBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served, courtesy of the ASGSA.

The colloquium will offer an opportunity for our department’s graduate students to “workshop” their papers and refine their research with feedback from peers and faculty. The broad objective of the colloquium is to help develop the quality of your research in an academic setting, with an eye towards eventual conference presentation and publication. Those approaching candidacy can present on their proposal topic, while students who are working on their dissertation (Masters / PhD) can present on a selected chapter. We also welcome those who are in the preliminary stages of their research, and would like support fine-tuning a research topic. The colloquium will expose participants to a wide array of disciplines within African Studies. By engaging with peers and faculty in assessing different thematic issues, we hope to inspire you to approach your work in new ways. We also hope that participants can connect with others doing related research, in order to facilitate panels for the annual African Studies Association call for papers (or any other upcoming conference of interest).

Approximately ten students will be accepted to present at the colloquium. Interested applicants should submit a one-page abstract by February 15th to the ASGSA: Submissions will be reviewed by the ASGSA together with faculty advisors, and selected participants will be notified by Friday Feb. 21. Participants are requested to prepare a presentation of no more than 10 slides and 15 minutes duration. Up to 40 attendees including fellow graduate students and faculty will be present to provide feedback.

We look forward to your participation as we continue to collaborate and expand new knowledge in the field of African Studies. Registration information for attendees is forthcoming and will be posted to the new African Studies Website:

For any queries, please email or contact Calvin Manduna Tel. (301) 509 7654.