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Swiss Researching Africa Days

Swiss Society for African Studies

The 5th edition of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will take place on Friday and
Saturday October 26–27, 2018 at the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of
Bern. The Researching Africa Days are held biennially alternating with the international
thematic conferences of the Swiss Society for African Studies and are open to
all disciplines representing African Studies. The objective of the meeting is to promote
the exchange among the community of researchers working on Africa in Switzerland.
Its goals are to

  • present current research projects of MA- and doctoral students, post-docs and senior scholars;
  • enhance the circulation of relevant information between these actors and the respective institutions;
  • offer a platform for synergies and collaboration;
  • enhance the visibility of African Studies in Switzerland, the universities and research institutions;
  • promote the institutionalisation of African Studies.

The organizers invite proposals for panels of 90 minutes’ duration. Panel proposals
should include a call for papers for the panel proposed (1/2 page), name, address and
institutional affiliation/function of the convenor(s). A list of possible participants may
be added. However, panels should be open to submission of suitable papers. We encourage
panels organized by and composed of researchers from different Swiss universities,
research groups and stages of the academic career. Panel proposals should
be submitted before the 30 March 2018 to Didier Péclard (
The organizers of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will inform by 20 April 2018 which
panels are accepted and then launch the call for papers.

One of our aims is to present ongoing or recently completed PhD research on a topic
related to Africa at Swiss universities. The organizers invite researchers to submit a
scientific poster (size A0, vertical orientation) on their PhD research for the Swiss Researching
Africa Days. There will be time slots for the presentation of the posters during
the conference. The posters will also be compiled as an electronic reader to be
published on the website of the Swiss Society for African Studies. Please submit proposals
for posters (pdf) to Veit Arlt ( The deadline for submission
is 30 May 2018. The organizing committee will decide on the acceptance of submitted
poster proposals and confirm by 30 June 2018.

The general assembly of the society will be held in the framework of the Swiss Researching
Africa Days on Friday evening 26 October 2018.

For the Board of the SSAS/SGAS/SSEA: Didier Péclard, Tobias Haller and Veit Arlt
For the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne: Tobias Haller

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