RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN STUDIES
RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR THE PROBLEMS OF ECONOMIC,
SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND CULTURAL
DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES
30/1 Spiridonovka str. Moscow, Russia
Tel. (7 495) 690-60-25 Fax (7 495) 697-19-54
AFRICA IN THE CHANGING
WORLD DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM
12th Conference of Africanists
(Moscow, Russia. May 24-26, 2011)
Call for Papers
On May 24-26, 2011 in Moscow the Research Council for Africa and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 12th Conference of Africanists titled "Africa in the Changing World Development Paradigm." The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English.
The Organizing Committee have considered all the panel proposals received by it. The proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in English) should be sent to the respective panel convener (with a copy to the Organizing Committee).
The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, title, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers.
However, in the case you feel your paper does not fit any particular panel but corresponds to the Conference’s general problematics, you may submit your proposal to the Organizing Committee and it will be considered for scheduling for the Free Communication Panel. Besides, if the Organizing Committee finds it reasonable to unite an appropriate number of proposals submitted for the Free Communication Panel into a thematic panel, it may establish such a panel and propose one of its prospective participants to become the Convener.
All the general inquiries on the academic matters of the Conference and proposals for the Free Communication Panel should be sent to the Organizing Committee Chairperson, Dr. Natalia Jerlitsina (e-mail: NS_inafr@mail.ru).
Accommodation at the hotel of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Downtown Moscow, currently is about 160 euros per night. It is also possible to make an independent reservation in one of many other Moscow hotels of different class through Internet at sites: http://www.moscow-hotels-russia.com/rus/, http://www.hotelmos.ru/index_e.htm, http://www.hotelsrussia.com, http://www.selectrussia.com, and http://all-hotels.ru. All the inquires with regards to the visa application process and/or accommodation should be directed to the International Relations Department (Institute for African Studies) to the address email@example.com. Estimated meal and other daily expenses are c. $30 per person.
PANELS ACCEPTED FOR THE CONFERENCE
1. Africa in the Situation of Global Climate Change
2. Africa in the System of International Relations. The Russian-African Bilateral Relations
3. African Diasporas: Evolution through Time and Space
4. African History in African Studies in Our Country
5. BRIC’s African Agenda
6. Civilizational Paradigm of the World Order in Africa
7. Conflicts in Africa from the Standpoint of the End of the “Cold War”: Background, Major Types and Effects
8. Cultural-Historical Context of Development from the Standpoint of Guidelines of Social Evolution
9. Gender and State Policy in Africa in the 21st Century: New Tendencies and Perspectives
Information, Education and Linguistic Policy in Africa from the Standpoint of Globalization and Regionalization
10. Interaction between Literature, Culture and African Diasporas: Stages, Tendencies and Perspectives
11. Islamic Challenge to Contemporary World Order: from Civilizational Identity to Global Caliphate? Experience of Regions in the Muslim World
One of the main evidence of global change in world order is the expansion of the Muslim world, deepening its impact on all spheres of public life. This process is growing in Africa, including sub-Saharan Africa, the West European states, the North Caucasus region of Russia, Central Asia, Middle East, India, China and the insular part of Southeast Asia. During the period of a generation that religion has become dominant for some folks, for example, in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional African beliefs and Christianity were previously dominant. However, Islam, unlike other religions is not simply a fact of consciousness that determines social and cultural patterns of conduct, he powerfully interferes into politics, moreover, Islam claims the right to manage international relations. It is about creating a global Muslim umma, the political incarnation of which is a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Idea of its establishment follows from the essence of Islam, claiming to implement the principle of an Islamic state. U.S. defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular, revealed the victory of the radical Islamic forces. This fact impressively shown that Islam is not just a factor, but an actor in international relations, it changes the geometry of the global world, offering humanity a civilization project.
What is the basis of such rapid expansion and strengthening of Islamic civilization? Why during the time of Internet and other global media religious idea not only does not recede, as in Western Europe, but becomes the leader in Africa and Asia? What are at least near-term prospects and scenarios for the formation of Islam as a religio-political phenomenon? - These are questions that the participants attempt to answer.
12. Language in the Context of Changing Socio-cultural Paradigms in Africa
13. The Middle East and Maghreb: Modernization in the Framework of Globalization
14. Peace Agreements and Consolidation of Political Order in Africa
15. Religion in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa: Multilinear Evolution. The Fate of Traditional Beliefs in Present-day Conditions
16. Southern Africa: Modernization, Elections, Regional Cooperation
17. State Economics Policy and Business: New Phenomena
18. Tendencies of Socio-economic, Political and Cultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa at of Multipolar World’s Formation
19. Zimbabwe at the Crossroads
The Conference registration fee is $150 ($75 for students) and can be paid not only in dollars, but also in Euros or Russian rubles according to the official exchange rate on the date of registration. The fee is to be paid in cash upon arrival. The registration fee includes the visa application support (Official Invitation), the Conference Book of Abstracts (as well as translation of the participants’ abstracts into Russian), stationary items, coffee-breaks, and reception. The fee for an accompanying person, equivalent to $ 50 in rubles, includes the visa application support (Official Invitation) and reception.
Prof. Alexey Vassiliev
Director, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences