ACRC is convening two panels at this year’s Development Studies Association conference, focusing on community knowledge in academic research and the politics of social justice in African cities.

Themed around “social justice and development in a polarising world”, the conference will explore three core strands: rights and representation, redistribution and restoration, and reproduction and production. It will be held from 26-28 June at SOAS, University of London, taking a hybrid format.

The call for papers is now open, with prospective presenters invited to submit proposals ahead of the deadline on Tuesday 23 January.

Details of the panels ACRC is convening and how to submit a proposal are outlined below.

Community knowledge in academic research: In pursuit of epistemic justice

This panel will concentrate on collaborative research and knowledge co-production seeking epistemic justice. The organisers welcome submissions in various media, exploring emancipatory research practices that meaningfully engage low-income and marginalised communities.

Organisers: Daniela Cocco Beltrame, Beth Chitekwe-Biti (Slum Dwellers International), Smith Ouma and Diana Mitlin (Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester) 

Find out moreSubmit proposal

If you have any queries prior to abstract submission, please contact Daniela Cocco Beltrame or Smith Ouma.

Investigating the politics of social (in)justice in African cities

African cities offer numerous opportunities, but they are also key sites of social injustice. This panel will explore the nature of this problem, with a focus on how residents are navigating the dominant structures and processes of politics and power that drive social (in)justice in African cities.

Prospective presenters are invited to submit a paper proposal – including title, author names and emails, short abstract (<300 characters) and long abstract (<250 words).

Organisers: Patience Adzande, Smith Ouma and Sam Hickey (Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester)

Find out moreSubmit proposal

If you have any queries prior to abstract submission, please contact Patience Adzande.

Key dates

  • 23 January – deadline for proposal submissions
  • 6 February – decision communicated on proposals
  • 15 March – conference registration opens (early bird discounts close 26 April)
  • 26-28 June – conference

More details about the general call for papers can be found on the conference website.

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