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Message from: Nicolas Cook (
About: African Studies: Graduate Student Conference

Mon, 21 Oct 1996 15:38:30 -0400

Originally from: (Nicolas Cook)
Originally dated: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 15:38:30 -0400

* Call for Papers *
*2nd Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies*
*February 28-March 2, 1997*

*Please forward to:
graduate students, faculty, relevant listserves and link to Web sites.
*Call also available at:

The Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign is pleased to extend an open invitation to graduate
students to participate in the 2nd Annual Midwest Graduate Student
Conference in African Studies, February 28-March 2, 1997, at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Purpose: The conference is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate
students with a shared academic interest in Africa to present and discuss
their work with their counterparts from other universities in an atmosphere
of collegiality.

Participation: We are seeking graduate papers, primarily in the social
sciences and humanities. Graduate students in natural sciences, applied,
and professional disciplines are also welcome, if their work is not heavily
technical in nature and is of general interest.

The conference is intended primarily to facilitate linkages and cooperation
between graduate students in the Midwest, but grad students from
institutions anywhere are encouraged to attend.

Students who do not feel they have work to present are also encouraged to
attend. The conference is meant, however, as a forum for sharing between
all persons at the graduate level, and as experience for later professional
work. All relevant contributions are desired!

Contributions: The focus and format of contributions vary. Examples of work
we seek are research proposals and papers; preliminary results of
research/field data; methodological, theoretical, or conceptual papers;
thesis & dissertation chapters (in-process or complete!); research or term
papers; and the like. If you have work that you think is interesting or
otherwise significant, we want to hear about it.

History: Last year, the first three day Midwest Graduate Student Conference
in African Studies was held, very successfully, at Northwestern University.
The conference is an annual event whose sponsorship will rotate yearly
between universities in the Midwest. The Center for African Studies-UIUC
wishes to thank last year's conference organizers at the Program of African
Studies at Northwestern University for conceiving and initiating this
unusual and valuable African-focused forum.

Submissions: Please submit a short abstract by January 21, 1997. Completed
papers and a $10 registration fee are due by February 21, 1997.
Presentations should be a maximum of 15 minutes in length, i.e., seven and
one half double-spaced, typed pages of text if read verbatim. Do not
include your name on the abstract; attach to it a page containing the
paper's title; the author's name; institutional affiliation; address, phone
number and/or e-mail address.

The above deadline is firm. We will, however, consider "late breaking"
work, and incorporate it into the conference, but *no guarantee* of a place
on the schedule is assured; late papers may end up on a final,
miscellaneous panel.

Accommodation: Please inform us of whether you require accommodation. We
will make every effort to find free lodging with University of Illinois
students. It is, however, possible that we will not be able to guarantee
free lodging to everyone; this will depend on the number of attendees.

Please send submissions and queries to:

Center for African Studies-UIUC
Att'n: Graduate Conference in African Studies
210 ISB/ MC 485
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

E-mail contacts:
Nicolas Cook ( or
Tunde Brimah (

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