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Call for Papers: Punishment & Society Special Issue – Legacies of Empire

Submissions are sought for a special issue of Punishment & Society, ‘Legacies of Empire’. The special issue will examine the global legacy of empire and colonialism through its effects on the penal regimes and practices of former colonies. Submissions are sought which explore the historical patterns of penal journeys as well as the contemporary legacy   of many of these  phenomena,  including   the   aftermath  of  colonial   policies on Indigenous communities. Contributions are sought from history, sociology, law, and criminology, capturing interdisciplinary work in which the concept of ‘empire’ is broadly conceived, and which contribute to the field of punishment and society (e.g. through literature, theory, empirical material).

For scholars of crime and punishment, greater commitment than ever is necessary to engage with perspectives that critique the times in which we live. The intention of this special issue is to further the democratization of criminological knowledge and to create a space for voices which embrace southern criminological and postcolonial perspectives

Author Information

Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to the guest editors (email below). Submissions are received on a competitive basis and will be reviewed by the guest editors. A selection will be accepted and the full manuscript subject to peer review (deadline for submission of final manuscript TBC with contributors at a later date).

We particularly welcome submissions from scholars based in the Global South. Abstracts should be sent to the guest editors by 15th  August 2020.

For more details/enquiries, please contact the guest editors:

Lizzie Seal (University of Sussex, UK), Bharat Malkani (Cardiff University, UK), Lynsey Black (Maynooth University, Ireland), Florence Seemungal (University of the West Indies Open Campus, Trinidad and Tobago), Roger Ball (University of Sussex, UK)

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Following the murder of George Floyd, the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) expresses its solidarity with those who suffer racism and police violence around the world, and particularly with Black individuals and communities who often bear the brunt of such violence. The scholarship of our members and affiliates is fundamentally concerned with justice, inequality, and histories of racism. For these reasons, we recognise the historic and present-day connections between struggles for justice across the globe. 

In line with its mission and its commitment to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa, the BIEA is organising a series of webinars on #BlackLivesMatter with a particular focus on racism, police brutality, state violence, memorialisation, and justice in eastern Africa. 

In turn, we invite researchers, activists and practitioners who would like to speak on an online panel or roundtable to contact [email protected] with a suggested topic and title. We welcome papers that provide historical or contemporary accounts of violences suffered, as well as those that offer ideas on how to promote justice and equality. Priority will be given to speakers from the region. 

BIEA New Research Themes

  • Epidemics, pandemics and epizootics
  • Citizens and science,
  • Knowing environments
  • Technologies of politics
  • Urban lives
  • Retelling the past

Epidemics, pandemics and epizootics: COVID-19 and varied government responses, popular responses and narratives, and cultural, socio-economic, and political impacts, have provided a stark reminder of how diseases help to make history, but also how they help to bring various social relations and realities into the spotlight. This theme encourages research that looks at both of these aspects – namely, on the impacts of, and insights provided by, disease – in the context of COVID-19 or earlier epidemics, pandemics and epizootics in the region.

Citizens and science: at a time when big science approaches are increasingly being presented as solutions, we seek to encourage research that looks at heterodox and local forms of knowledge, and that seizes the opportunities provided by new technologies without surrendering an awareness of the importance of qualitative work, and of understanding values and perceptions as well as gathering numerical data.

Knowing environments:  this theme explores and celebrates multiple, often heterodox forms of environmental knowledge and knowledge production. Representations, communities of practice, perceptions, and forms of incorporated memory important ways of knowing environments. There also exist more systematized forms of environmental knowledge production centred on empirical signatures of environmental conditions. Additionally, environments themselves are ‘knowing’ in terms of their enabling and responsive capacities.

Technologies of politics: Africa’s digital revolution’ provokes fresh thinking on how power is mobilised, organised and exercised in eastern Africa. Social movements, street protests, democratic elections and state authority are being enabled and constrained in different ways as communication technologies, new and old, are innovated, imported, adapted and controlled. How are new communication technologies altering who has political power over whom in the region? What role are technologies playing in contemporary and evolving relations between social movements and states? What new global configurations of power in the region are emerging as a result of who controls the infrastructures of a digitally mediated world? The BIEA brings its commitment to empirically grounded and multi-disciplinary local scholarship to promote research that builds world-class knowledge on the digital age in and from the region.

Urban lives: Africa’s urban spaces are growing and changing. Often seen simply as problematic, this growth and change is also a driver of creativity and innovation. Cultural production of multiple kinds thrives in these spaces; such production, like much of everyday life, simultaneously works with and calls into question ideas of rural/urban difference and transformation. Lives span the imaginary between town and country; creative and accumulative strategies turn this imaginary to productive use, in ways that stretch from music-making to mobile banking. This theme encourages research that explores and questions imaginations of city life, and asks how people use these in multiple ways.

Retelling the past: The study of eastern African’s past faces a moment of challenge and opportunity. Challenge comes from a growing tendency in governments in the region to discount knowledge about the past and historicized ways of thinking. In institutions of higher education, the assumption that history is an unaffordable luxury, or is irrelevant to an African future – or both – has become established. Yet at the same time, historical narratives and knowledge play an ever more potent role in litigation and debates over land rights, citizenship and the politics of culture and heritage; the disconnect between official disregard and popular history-making is increasingly profound. At the same time, opportunity comes from a moment of wider debate over the very nature of scholarship: the decolonizing of knowledge has become a pressing concern. Challenge and opportunity are linked: the past – whether deep, or recent – must be revisited and retold from new perspectives. The BIEA will facilitate and promote that process, without seeking to dominate it, through pilot projects of partnership that encourage new representations of the region’s past.

Call for Papers: International Interdisciplinary Conference

The world needs proper strategies to ensure sustainable development so that future generations find the world a better place to live. Global environmental changes brought about by degradation and effects of climate change, destruction of forests, increasing desertification, war and conflicts, migration and terrorism have combined to lead to clamour for sustainable development. The destruction of carbon sinks and water towers have made sustainable development more urgent given the manner in which uncontrolled exploitation of resources has led to serious effects on the globe. Why has sustainable development become critical in the world today? What are the causes of climate change and how do they affect the quality of life on earth? How have various governments and the international community responded to effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being deployed in saving the globe against effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being made by various academic disciplines to address this? These are some of the issues that the conference will be seeking to address.

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Archaeology Search 2019-20

The Department of Anthropology at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in archaeology. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful applicant must be engaged in research that complements and expands the existing profile of the Department, including theoretical and methodological strengths and an active program of fieldwork. Candidates should demonstrate interests that engage a broad range of colleagues and the ability to teach and mentor a diverse student body.

For full consideration, materials must be received by October 25, 2019. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2020. Send vita, letter describing qualifications and interests, one example of written work, and the names of three referees to Professor Lynn Meskell, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 450 Serra Mall, Building 50, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2034.

Application materials should be submitted to
Please use the following link to apply:

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Call for Papers

UCL Institute of Archaeology

African Archaeology Research Day

We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD) meeting, hosted by the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL).

AARD is an informal annual meeting of Africanist archaeologists to encourage undergraduate, post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and more established scholars to present recent and ongoing research and fieldwork.

The meeting this year will take place on Saturday 9th November 2019, including a buffet lunch and closing reception.

Presentations are encouraged for all aspects of African archaeology

In addition to normal conference sessions organically organised around submitted abstracts, this year’s AARD will include one special session entitled Critical Perspectives on Heritage in Africa. This session will feature a selection of papers aimed at addressing key current issues in critical African heritage studies – referring to work that problematises, theorises, and ultimately seeks to generate novel understandings about the notion and practice of what is typically termed African heritage, including the significance of researching these issues from the United Kingdom and Europe. Although critical heritage studies encompass the tangible and the immaterial (objects, discourses, emotions), we are especially interested in including papers that engage with material aspects of heritage, acknowledging that these can have intangible elements as well. One goal of the session is to identify topics and debates that will carry over to related sessions at the Society for Africanist Archaeology 2020 conference in Oxford. Those interested in participating in this session should contact Dr Rachel King ([email protected]) and Dr John Giblin ([email protected]) with queries.

Presentations on heritage and community archaeology outside the remit of this special session are also encouraged, and will be selected as part of the general pool of submissions.

Registration and Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts to the general conference should be submitted to [email protected]. Abstracts for the Critical Perspectives on Heritage in Africa session should be sent to John Giblin ([email protected]) and/or Dr Rachel King ([email protected]) directly.

The final deadline for abstract submissions is 27th September, 2019.

Registration can be found at Fees include conference pack, coffee and tea, buffet lunch, and closing reception.

Transportation and Accommodation

Participants are asked to make their personal travel and accommodation arrangements. The Institute of Archaeology is located at 31–34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.


Participants interested in discussing options for childcare during the conference should contact Dr Claudia Näser ([email protected]) for more information.

Please contact Dr Rachel King [email protected] and/or Prof Kevin MacDonald ([email protected]) for further information or if you have questions.



International Seminar: Looking backward, looking forward: African demography in Historical perspective

Call for Papers

We invite submissions on historical or long-term, interdisciplinary, perspectives on demographic change in Africa. The aims of the seminar are to review the state of the field of African population history, to consider the role of the past for understanding the present, and to facilitate partnerships and future comparative work on African historical demography.

There is a resurgence of interest in Africa’s demographic pasts. Evidence on past population trends is essential to respond to core questions in African history, such as the human cost of the slave trade; the impacts of colonialism on health, wellbeing and the family; the effects of post-colonial policies on households and livelihoods; long-term trends in mortality and migration; and the influence of religion, education and employment on intergenerational relations and the social organisation of reproduction. Improving the evidence on Africa’s past populations will illuminate how people have managed their resilience and reproduction over time, in the face of environmental, epidemiological, political and economic change.

Understanding the historical origins of African demographic regimes may also help to influence current and future population trends. This is important given Africa is projected to account for more than half of all global population growth by 2050, with implications for both demographic dividend and migration. In particular, contemporary demographers have called for interdisciplinary and historical approaches to improve understanding of the contexts of fertility transition in the region, including its stalls, reversals and exceptional age- and parity-specific dynamics, as well as the historical context of the AIDS pandemic. Papers which seek to situate current population trends in historical perspective are encouraged.

The seminar will showcase the growing availability of historical demographic micro-data through new digitisation projects. Alongside the substantive research papers, the seminar will include a data workshop in which scholars who have collected new datasets will have the opportunity to present their databases and to consider scope for future comparative work and collaborations. We will review the potential of new digital methods for widening historical micro-data collection in Africa and seek the experience of previous comparative demographic projects in achieving data harmonisation.

Online Submissions:
The IUSSP Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers to submit online by  30 September 2019 a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables). To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form:  ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

If you would also like to contribute to the data workshop, please also send an email to  [email protected] with a 200-word description of your dataset at the same time as your main submission.

The working language of the seminar is English: abstracts and final papers should be submitted and presented in English. If the paper is co-authored, please indicate the names of co-authors. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. We aim to publish suitable papers in a journal special issue or an edited volume.

Applicants will be notified whether their paper has been accepted by 15 October 2019. Authors of accepted papers must upload the full paper on the IUSSP website by 28 February 2020.

Funding is available to cover the cost of the seminar venue, airport transfers, accommodation and meals for speakers for two days. We are seeking further financial support for travel, but the outcome is uncertain, and participants should seek their own funding for flights, additional accommodation and other expenses. Priority will be given to African scholars, early career researchers and those from developing countries in awarding travel support.

For further information: Please contact Seminar Organizer Sarah Walters ([email protected]).

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