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CFP: AEGIS Thematic Workshop: Children & Migration in Africa: an Interdisciplinary Perspective

20 December 2011

In association with the Centre of African Studies (SOAS, University of London); the Institute of Historical Research (University of London); Institut des Sciences Humaines (University of Liège – Belgium)

While African children are heavily involved in migration, they remain obscure in grey and scholarly literatures dominated by the male labour migratory model. Furthermore, work on young migrants often conflates the social categories of ‘child’ and ‘youth’ and children themselves are divided into the binary states of agents or victims.
Although recent scholarship on children and migration in Africa has acknowledged the importance of African children as discrete agents in migratory processes, analytical shortcomings remain.

Much of this research has lacked a longue durée perspective. The key aim of this workshop will be to connect contemporary and historical analysis of the migratory trajectories of children in several African societies.

Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following issues: patterns of fosterage, child circulation within Africa and between Africa and Europe, the role of education, child labour and conceptions of place and ‘home’.

The workshop will take place at SOAS (University of London) on 24-25 May 2012. There is a ceiling of 20 participants and limited funding, with priority for Graduate Students and African Scholars.

Interested scholars should send us an abstract in English (max. 300 words) and a short bio (max. 250 words) by 29 January 2012. Postgraduate and recent PhD graduates are particularly encouraged to send in proposals.

Papers will be pre-circulated among the participants and need to be submitted by 29 April 2012.

Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed edited volume.

For further information, contact:

Marie Rodet mr28@soas.ac.uk
Jack Lord jl79@soas.ac.uk
Elodie Razy elodie.razy@ulg.ac.be