3rd Annual Institute of African Studies Undergraduate Research Conference Ottawa, Canada

14th October 2017 from 9:00am-4:00pm 

Theme: Migrations and Human Rights in Africa and the Diaspora: Vulnerability, Social

Justice, and New Nationalisms

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods Inc. and other books

Calling all undergraduate students with a passion for African Studies! The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University is hosting its third international undergraduate research conference organized by the Institute of African Studies Student’s Association(IASSA). The goal of this interdisciplinary conference is to provide a platform for emerging researchers in the field of African Studies. It is understood this may be a student’s first time completing a scholarly paper, therefore the timing of this conference has been chosen to allow time for students to complete research over the summer and to present in October.

This year’s conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary engagement with a new generation of continental and diasporic Africans confronting questions such as: How are global and intra-continental migration patterns impacting the continent and its diasporas? What can be learned from migrant’s individual agency and what tools do they use to actualize justice and social change? How have the rise of New Nationalisms and a global politics of fear shaped the migrant experience? What does the securitization and militarization of the border mean for fabricated national boundaries on the continent? In a time of increasing consequences of climate change, terrorist regimes, and refugees flow, how do we realize a vision of mobility as a human right? This conference encourages students not to simply regurgitate information obtained from a variety of sources, but also to bring forth new and innovative ideas, be it problem solving or avenues for further research.

Papers must remain within the scope of African Studies and may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Human Rights and development
  • Security and migration regulationThird Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Migration and Identity formation
  • Resource extraction, sustainability
  • Refugeeism, displacement and border politics
  • Youth, Culture, Activism and frameworks of social justice
  • New Nationalism, global politics and Africa’s role on the world stage
  • Globalization, migrant flows and global integration
  • Social, political and economic impacts of migration
  • Climate change and its social consequences for migration

The IASSA plans to make this a memorable experience for students by incorporating guest-speakers, cultural components, and an environment that fosters the kind of support and encouragement that undergraduate students treasure.

For more information please email the organizing committee at: communications.iasconference@gmail.com

To register please visit our official event page