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Reconfigurations in Africa - and in African Studies
30 September - 02 October 2024, Bayreuth

VAD2024 Info for delegates

Panel and paper proposal rules - Calls are closed

  • An individual cannot present more than one paper
  • It is permitted to be a non-presenting co-author on multiple papers
  • Every person can have each conference role once:
    • you can be a convenor to one panel,
    • be a discussant once,
    • a chair once and
    • a presenter once

While everyone can technically submit multiple papers, we do not encourage that, as it can cause delays in the conference timeline - all multiples will have to be withdrawn.

No proposals will be accepted outside of the calls.


DFG, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is supporting the international scholars accommodation and travel costs. Call for Funding is closed now.

Please be aware that DFG provides reimbursement for already occurred costs, based on invoices.

We do recommend to look for additional funding as DFG can provide only limited funding and we are unable to offer additional support to cover conference fees or other expenses.

Early Bird registration is now open >>

Useful information for later

Editing your paper

Paper authors can login at the conference website (‘login’ button in the left-hand upper side) to edit their proposals. to do this click 'Login' enter your credentials. If you have forgotten your username and password, you can order a reset password to your registered email address. Once logged in click on the log in button again (saying now 'logged in'), then choose 'conferences', choose the conference name. There is a 'edit' button in front of the paper title. Once finished updating, click 'save' to confrim your changes.

Pre-circulation of papers

VAD has no rule about this; however, many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on email traffic, if requested by convenors, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the online system, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.

Timing of presentations

Each panel/workshop session slot will be 90 minutes long, typically accommodating a maximum of 4 presenters. That leaves about 20 min per presentation (10-15 presentation +10-5 min for questions). It is up to panel conveners to (discuss and) decide the timing of presentations in panel to make sure all presenters have equal opportunity to present their research.

Communication between authors/convenors

Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email vad(at) to obtain relevant email addresses.

Any queries with the above please email vad(at)

Institut für Afrikastudien
Cluster of Excellence
University of Bayreuth
African Studies Library