Call for Proposals: Comparative Research Networks 2012

Council for The Development of Social Science Research in Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 12 June, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973. It is an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa. It’s headquarter is in Dakar, Senegal and is committed to the development of African comparative research with a continental perspective.

CODESRIA is calling for proposals from the African scholars to collaborate on the comparative research network 2012.

The Council is inviting proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research on a broad range of topics that resonate with their strategic themes for 2012 -2016.

The aim of this programme is to encourage the development and consolidation of a comparative analytic perspective in the work of African social researchers.

  • Priority research themes for the constitution of CRNs for 2012 include the following:
  • Re-thinking (African) Development;
  • Re-thinking Democracy (in Africa);
  • African Encounters with the Global System;
  • Engendering Democracy and Development;
  • Transitions in African Higher Education;
  • Reforming the African Public Sector: Retrospect and Prospect;
  • The Changing Political Economy of African Natural Resources;
  • The Popular Arts, Identity and Culture in Contemporary Africa;
  • Health, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa;
  • Migration Dynamics and the Making of New Diaspora Communities;
  • Changing Rural-Urban Linkages;
  • African Integration and New Regionalist Impulses in Africa;
  • New Institutions of Transitional Justice;
  • Conflict and Reconstruction in Africa;
  • Law, Politics and Society;
  • State, Political Identity and Political Violence;
  • Political Pluralism and the Management of Diversity;
  • Water and Water Resources in the Political Economy of Development;
  • Ecology, Climate and Environmental Sustainability in Africa;
  • Transport and Transportation Systems in Africa;
  • Africa and the “Emerging” Powers of the Global South (China, India, Brazil…);
  • Religion, Spirituality and Power in Africa;
  • Democracy and Governance in Africa;
  • Media and New technology of information and communication in Africa;
  • Agrarian transformation;
  • Crises of Education;
  • Roles and dynamics of critical actors;
  • Critical Thought, epistemologies of knowledge production, theories and methodologies.
  • Interested researchers are requested to focus clearly on the comparative question which they wish to address.

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