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Conference CFP: “India in Africa: New Frontiers in South-South Relations”

26 September 2012

Friend and colleague Zachariah Mampilly, spending this year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam, is organizing a conference, “India in Africa: New Frontiers in South-South Relations.” Copied below (and linked here) is the CFP.
South Asia and Africa have been linked for millennia by migration, trade and cultural exchange. Yet despite the historical ties, India and African countries have never enjoyed as close political and economic relations as African countries have with Europe and the United States, and more recently, China. The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented deepening of the Indian- African relationship across a wide variety of sectors. However, comparatively little is known about the diverse relationships between India and African countries.

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from around the world to examine relations between India and the African continent. The purpose of the conference is to understand the impact of India on African growth and development; trade and investment; war and peace; and political, economic and social life more generally. To this end, the conference will bring together both theoretical works on the meaning of Indian-African relations within the broader context of South / South relations alongside more empirically grounded work based on fieldwork in specific African countries.

The papers should aim to cover, among other themes, the following:

Indian private sector investment in African countries; relations between African governments and the Indian government; relations between the Indian government and African regional organizations; Indian and African engagement within international organizations; Indian aid and peacekeeping initiatives on the continent; engagement between Indian non-governmental organizations and their African counterparts; cultural relations and historical ties between India and African countries; religious ties connecting India to Africa; connections between the Indian government and its African diaspora; and other relevant subjects are welcome.

The conference will be hosted by the Economic and Social Research Foundation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ( Original paper drafts must be submitted in advance of the conference for exclusive consideration for publication in an edited volume by the conference organizers.

To be considered, please send a brief abstract (less than 500 words) to along with a current CV by October 31st, 2012. Scholars based in Africa and South Asia will receive priority consideration, though all are welcome to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.

There is no honorarium or other monetary payment for presenters.

Any questions may be directed to Zachariah Mampilly at

Funding provided by a generous grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

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