P115
Social Sciences Research Institutions in Post-independence Africa as subjects of research

Convenors:
Carlos Fernandes (Center of African Studies, Eduardo Mondlane University)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
PG0VS
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel invites scholars engaged in research in Lusophone, Anglophone and Francophone Africa, with particular focus on the analysis of social sciences research institutions in Africa from a historical, sociological, political or anthropological approach.

Long abstract:

This panel invites scholars engaged in research in Lusophone, Anglophone and Francophone Africa, with particular focus on the analysis of social sciences research institutions in Africa from a historical, sociological, political or anthropological approach. The panel will privilege case studies on institution such as centers, institutes of a Pan-African research organization like the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Some of the questions that the panel proposes to address include the following: What are/were the (most prolific) social sciences research institutions in post-independence Africa? How, why and when did they emerged? What are the social and political conditions of knowledge production in Africa? What were/are their purpose(s) and function(s)? What kind of scientific disciplines did they use? What are the connections between research and politics (for instance, in the production, perpetuation and legitimization of ideological hegemony)? For whom is this kind of knowledge produced? What are the affects of the neo-liberal turn in Africa in terms of shaping social science research institutions and their forms of knowledge production?