Introducing the BIEA

The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its research centre  with accommodation, lecture facilities, work space and reference library in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute is a registered charity which exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa. It offers financial support , affiliation services and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme. The Institute publishes a regular newsletter as well as the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.


Call for Papers: 2021 BIEA Graduate Conference

Conference Theme: Living in Changing Environments

We are living in an environment full of uncertain and dynamic issues such as urbanization, climate change and technological innovations.   Whilst some of these changes are ongoing (e.g. climate change and technological advancements), others constitute more recent shocks (such as the current COVID-19 pandemic). An understanding of how individuals, communities, institutions and states understand and respond to these changes; their impacts, challenges and opportunities, is therefore critical.  Accordingly, the 2021 BIEAannual Graduate conference main theme will be Living in Changing Environments.  The sub-themes related to this are:

  1. Migration/mobilities
  2. Climate change
  3. Health
  4. Urban/rural lives
  5. Inclusion and adapting to changes
  6. Technological innovations
  7. Indigenous knowledge systems
  8. Reflections & experiences

The conference will take place digitally on the 4th and 5th November 2021. We invite early career researchers, graduate students and practitioners who would like to participate to submit, their title and abstracts (200-300 words), and a short bio (200 words), addressing the above theme/ sub-themes to [email protected].  The deadline for submission will be October 11th 2021 . Successful applicants will be informed by 18th Oct.

15th International Conference for Nubian Studies University of Warsaw 29th August – 4th September 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are very sorry for the late communication. The pandemic delayed a lot of decision-making processes in Poland, and we had to wait longer than expected for the results of our funding applications, as well as for the full re-opening of the accommodation base and event management businesses to provide you with information that is both reliable and
Conference fees
While we received the funding decisions eventually, there are still many uncertainties regarding the accommodation. We are happy to announce that we were able to keep the conference fee on the level of the previous one, i.e. 120 euros for scholars, with a reduced fee for students (pre-PhD) at 75 euros. Participants from Sudan and Egypt are exempted from payment.

You can find the list of accommodation offers under this link It includes venues where the conference participants can get discounted rates, but most of them are not yet booking for summer 2022 and will presumably start doing so in September 2021. Please be patient, we will update accommodation
information as soon as it becomes available. You may also search Airbnb or websites. They have a great selection of various flats and rooms for rent.

Conference Programme: Call for Session Themes
After discussion with the Board of our Society, we have decided to arrange the programme of the conference around themed sessions (see the suggested sessions in attachment and on the 15th ICNS website: Since this is a novelty, and because we would like the conference to be more participatory in terms of programme creation, we would like to invite participants to set up their sessions, too. This will be a two-step process: At this point, we announce the call for sessions with a deadline for submissions on 15 October 2021. Following this date, another call will be opened for papers, which the conference participants will submit to one of the sessions. The deadline for the call for papers will be 31 March 2022.

Nubian studies are multidisciplinary and require diverse forms of scholarly interaction. If a workshop or roundtable is a
more suitable way to interact in your discipline or research area, please feel free to organize such a meeting during the conference. For assistance, please contact the Organising Committee at [email protected] with your idea for a workshop or roundtable before 15 October 2021. Basic information and detailed instructions on how to submit your proposal for a session, workshop or roundtable can be accessed following the link

Timetable for calls:
23 July 2021 – 15 October 2021: call for sessions, workshops and roundtables
1 November 2021 – 31 March 2022: call for papers