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International Doctoral Workshop organised by the University of Naples “l’Orientale”. The workshop is organised by the Centro Studi sull’Africa Contemporanea – CeSAC (Centre of Contemporary African Studies) at the University of Naples “l’Orientale”, in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; the University of Johannesburg; the American University of Cairo; the University of Cairo; Muhamed V University, Rabat; Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo.


Scuola di Procida per l’Alta Formazione – Conservatorio delle Orfane Procida (Naples), 3-5 October 2019.


The aim of the workshop is to bring together advanced Master and PhD students, and early career researchers with senior academics in order to:

  • exchange field and research experience and methodology;
  • to improve the students’ ability to prepare and present their research in aninternational context;
  • to stimulate African-European inter-university cooperation.

The question of agency in African Studies aims at tackling the ‘agency debate’ through different disciplinary approaches in social sciences and humanities. In particular, we aim at investigating three sets of interrelated questions:

  • What is transformative agency?
  • Who are the transformative agents?
  • How do they act?


The workshop is open to about 20 students. Applicants are invited to submit proposals (a 500- word abstract as well as a one-page outline of their status and current research) addressing the overall themes. Papers that apply and/or refine conceptual and theoretical approaches to the subject matter, as well as presenting fresh empirical information, will be especially welcome. Priority will be given to students and researchers with recent field experience. The deadline for submitting proposals is 12 May 2019. Participants will be informed of acceptance by 3 June 2019. The cost of travel to and from Procida is to be met by individual participants. Food and lodging in Procida are provided by the organizing committee. Each participant will be asked to contribute with a lump sum of 200 euro. Depending on the final budget, the Organizing Committee willsubside students coming from Universities in agreement with “L’Orientale”.

CeSAC Organizing and Scientific Committee: Livia Apa, Maria Cristina Ercolessi, Ersilia Francesca, Antonio Pezzano, Daniela Pioppi.
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