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Call for papers ‘Transnational conflicts in Africa: Migration, mobility and peace’

Geographies for Peace

2017 IGU-UGI Thematic Conference

23-25 April 2017

La Paz, Bolivia

Transnational conflicts in Africa: Migration, mobility and peace

While wars and conflicts in Africa generally occur within the territorial boundaries of affected states, they tend to spill over across borders into proximate and neighboring countries. Most victims of such wars and conflict also share historical and ethnic backgrounds with kith and kin in neighboring countries and tend to flee, for refuge and asylum, to the peaceful proximate neighbors. Cases have been recorded in which governments in the conflict ridden states openly accused their neighbors of fueling the conflict in the accuser’s territory. Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda in the Great Lakes Region are good contemporary cases in point. This session will explore the dynamics of the transnational nature of conflicts in Africa and examine the relationship between conflict and the spatial mobilities of borders, as well as the migration regimes within which states that share contiguous borders in given geographic territories are embedded. In this CFP, we invite papers that interrogate these themes as well as topics including, but not limited to:

How do the contiguous border regimes in Africa precipitate the fueling of transnational conflict?

What patterns do such conflicts follow?

Who are the victims and the perpetrators? Could transnational dynamics of conflict provide the basis for negotiating lasting peace or, on the contrary, do they fuel conflict?

Are there any linkages between, among others, coloniality of borders, conflict, and sociocultural and ethnic relations?

What role could the porosity of borders in Africa play in sustaining and perpetuating conflict?

Could the porosity of African borders and migration patterns also provide a foundation for building peace?


Dr. Christopher Changwe Nshimbi (University of Pretoria, South Africa)


Dr. Inocent Moyo (University of Zululand, South Africa)


An abstract of no more than 250 words in English or Spanish should be sent to csnzed@gmail.com and minnoxa@yahoo.com and geographiesforpeace@gmail.com on or before 1 December 2016.

For more information on the conference visit the website here.

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