9th European Conference on African Studies - Cologne

The University of Cologne, Germany, will host the 9th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) from 31 May - 3 June. With the theme 'African Futures' it aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements. The continent has been characterised as a laboratory of the future, as the last frontier of capitalism, with living realities based on concepts and practices of multiplicity, circulation, and flexibility. While the West appears to be self-provincialising, Africa is expanding. 
ECAS is organised on behalf of AEGIS, the Research Network of African Studies Centres in Europe. Some 35 researchers from the African Studies Centre Leiden/Leiden University will be convening a panel or presenting a paper. Moreover, there will be an ASCL book stand.

Take a look at the full programme

Panels with Leiden participants:
(all dates and times subject to possible change)

Wednesday 31 May

Panel Anth36: African futures and the new boundaries of the anthropology of development and social change

13:45 - 15:30, 16:00 - 17:45

Caroline Archambault and David Ehrhardt (second session)       

Caspar  Swinkels (second session)


Panel Urba09: Future proofing urban marginalisation

13:45 - 15:30

Marleen Dekker, One Pusumane (Co-convenors)

Mandipa Ndlovu                          


Panel Reli01: Green religious activism in Africa

13:45 - 15:30

Mayke Kaag                                  


Panel Econ10: Africa's future is in its peoples: the role of education

16:00 - 17:45

Bert van Pinxteren (discussant)


Panel Poli08: Global-local connections and the future of jihadi insurgencies in Africa

13:45 - 15:30, 16:00 - 17:45

Corinna Jentzsch (co-convenor)


Panel Hist20: Boom to bust: the end of industrial mining in South Africa

16:00 - 17:45

Jan-Bart Gewald (co-convenor)              


Panel Anth63: Visualizing mining worlds, envisioning mining futures

16:00 - 17:45

Sabine Luning (co-convenor)    


Thursday 1 June               

Panel Arts03: What does it mean to be an Indian Ocean African

9:00 - 10:45

Annachiara Raia            


Panel Hist25: The African labour movement as historical crossroads

9:00 - 10:45,  15:00 - 16:45

Stefano Bellucci (co-convenor, paper in the second session)   


Panel Poli15: Lawmakers' constituency service in Africa

9:00 - 10:45,  15:00 - 16:45

Leila Demarest (co-convenor, paper in the first session)


Panel Hist27: Does (European) African Studies have a future?

9:00 - 10:45

Carolien Jacobs                            

Alessia  Tortolini


Panel Anth07: Assembling the sustainable city: from sedimented injustices to just urban futures

9:00 - 10:45,  15:00 - 16:45

Cristiana Strava (second session)


Panel Anth57: Museum struggles: the transforming museum and its publics

9:00 - 10:45

Peter Pels                                      

Panel Envi06: African Futures under climate change

9:00 - 10:45,  15:00 - 16:45

Roos van der Haer (first session)


Roundtable Anth64: How to make Academic Cooperation Work

Marleen Dekker (chair)

Madi Ditmars

Liesbeth Kanis


Panel Hist28: Eastern Africa in global history

15:00 - 16:45

Fatima  Bapumia                         


Panel Hist30: The importance of African archives: how African archives strengthen research

15:00 - 16:45

Jos Damen (co-convenor)                                      

Ursula Oberst

Annachiara Raia            


Friday 2 June

Panel Anth19: Digital public infrastructure and the future of African statehood

9:00 - 10:45

Mayke Kaag (co-convenor)                      


Panel Anth60: Ethnographies of extraction and extraversion in Africa

9:00 - 10:45,  15:00 - 16:45,  17:15 - 19:00

Janine Ubink (second session)


Panel Poli45: The legacies and futures of soldiers, rebels and militias


Corinna Jentzsch                         


Panel Anth62: Humanitarian futures? Practices and imaginaries of diaspora emergency relief

15:00 - 16:45,  17:15 - 19:00

Mohamed Abdiaziz Muse (first session)


Panel Lang04: Indigenous languages and disentanglement with African futures

15:00 - 16:45,  17:15 - 19:00

Bert van Pinxteren (second session)


Panel Anth42: Fulani as a security threat in the Sahel?

15:00-16:45,  17:15 - 19:00

Mirjam de Bruijn (second session)

Panel Anth29: The state and its economic futures in Africa

17:15 - 19:00  + on Saturday 3 June at 9:00-10:45 and 14:30-16:15
Stefano Bellucci (discussant)


Saturday 3 June

Panel Hist07: African Anthropocenes? Lived experiences

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Sara de Wit (co-convenor)        


Panel Hist04: Reinventing Uganda. Political imagination and social change after the fall of Idi Amin 

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Yusra Abdullahi (second session)            


Panel Anth01: Institutionalized authority, mobility and trajectories of future-making

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Rijk van Dijk (co-convenor, paper in the first session)                  

David Ehrhardt (first session)


Panel Anth25: Media forerunners: reflecting on emerging socio-political youth leadership in times of conflict and digitalization 

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Mirjam de Bruijn (co-convenor)

Walter Nkwi (first session)

Luca Bruls (second session)

Modibo Galy Cisse (second session)      


Panel Arts09: Queer African futures

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Loes Oudenhuijsen (second session)     


Panel Anth51: Rethinking 'degrowth' from Africa

9:00 - 10:45,  14:30 - 16:15

Miriam Waltz (second session)


Panel Poli37: Pasts and futures of research ethics

14:30 - 16:15

Caroline Archambault               


Date, time and location

31 May 2023 to 03 June 2023