25th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African Studies

April 7- 8th, 2017

Whose Lives Matter?
Xenophobia, Disenfranchisement, and Exclusion in Africa


Boston University’s Graduate Student Conference in African Studies will be celebrating its 25th consecutive event. This year’s conference will feature the work of emerging graduate scholars engaging Africa from a variety of disciplines and focusing on the themes of xenophobia, disenfranchisement, and exclusion. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. The application deadline will be January 15, 2017.

We invite rigorous graduate student papers that examine Africa’s past, present and future, exhibit methodological innovation, and/or yield fresh interpretative insights. Participation is commonly drawn from across the academic spectrum: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Ecology and Environment, Geography, Global Health, History, International Relations, Law, Literature, Media Studies, Musicology, Policy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.

A $25 conference fee is payable upon on-site registration. The fee includes dinner on April 7th and breakfast/lunch on April 8th.

To Apply

Submit a 250-word abstract to ascgradconference2016@gmail.com by January 15, 2017. Please also include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation in the email. Notifications of successful proposals will be sent out on February 1, 2017.

For more information, please email the address listed above.

BU Graduate Conference Call for Papers

Lodging, Transportation, and Entertainment suggestions are in our map below.

Read more about the origins of the Annual Graduate Conference in African Studies at BU


The African Studies Center is located on the 4th and 5th floors at 232 Bay State Road. A small elevator is available in the lobby. Offices for the African studies administration, African language faculty, core Africa studies faculty, publications unit, a graduate student lounge, and the William O. Brown Seminar Room can be found on the fifth floor. On the 4th floor find the Teaching Africa Library, the African studies outreach unit, and the West African Research Association.