Tuesday, February 28, 2012


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

Within the framework of its strategy for building comparative knowledge on Africa produced from within the African continent, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes within the framework of the Council’s strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2016. The primary purpose of CRNs is to encourage the development and consolidation of a comparative analytic perspective in the work of African social researchers. In so doing, it is hoped to establish a strong corpus of comparative studies produced by African scholars that could help to advance theoretical knowledge and discussion. Priority research themes for the constitution of CRNs for 2012 include the following:

  1. Re-thinking (African) Development;
  2. Re-thinking Democracy (in Africa);
  3. Engendering Democracy and Development;
  4. Transitions in African Higher Education;
  5. Reforming the African Public Sector: Retrospect and Prospect;
  6. The Changing Political Economy of African Natural Resources;
  7. African Encounters with the Global System;
  8. The Popular Arts, Identity and Culture in Contemporary Africa;
  9. Health, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa;
  10. Migration Dynamics and the Making of New Diaspora Communities;
  11. Changing Rural-Urban Linkages;
  12. African Integration and New Regionalist Impulses in Africa;
  13. New Institutions of Transitional Justice;
  14. Conflict and Reconstruction in Africa;
  15. Law, Politics and Society;
  16. State, Political Identity and Political Violence;
  17. Political Pluralism and the Management of Diversity;
  18. Water and Water Resources in the Political Economy of Development;
  19. Ecology, Climate and Environmental Sustainability in Africa;
  20. Transport and Transportation Systems in Africa;
  21. Africa and the “Emerging” Powers of the Global South (China, India, Brazil...)
  22. Religion, Spirituality and Power in Africa
  23. Democracy and Governance in Africa
  24. Media and New technology of information and communication in Africa
  25. Agrarian transformation
  26. Crises of Education
  27. Roles and dynamics of critical actors
  28. Critical Thought, epistemologies of knowledge production, theories and methodologies

More information.

Deadline: June 15, 2012

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