Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


Call for papers: Archives of Post-Independence Africa and its Diaspora

June 20-23, 2012, Dakar, Senegal

Number of visits: 1736

This English-French bilingual conference builds on the longstanding critique of the colonial library pace Valentin Mudimbe by featuring official and alternative archives of transition in contemporary African societies. In spite of exclusionary practices of the colonial era, its archive has provided a continuous record of colonial administration on the African continent until the 1960s. More recently, scholars working on histories of independence have attempted to excavate alternative archives addressing the absences and disparaging depictions of the colonial subject. Further, these histories reposition the African and Diasporic subject against an assumed totality. Archives of post-independence Africa have been dispersed within and beyond the continent, and imply practices and techniques of collecting by individuals, institutions, and collective entities. Its fragmentary nature leads us to examine how these dispersed collections contribute to identity formations on the continent and in the Diaspora. Some collections may take the form of “tin-trunk literacy,” as described by Karin Barber, life histories, as well as audio-visual media, including photography, film, radio, and emerging digital forms. We are interested in the interaction between institutional and alternative archives that allow insight into the contingencies and expressions for the articulation of African modernities.

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