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Call for Papers: BIEA Graduate Conference 2022

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Political Competition and Democratic Elections in Africa: Past, Present and Future Prospects

17-18, November 2022

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites early career researchers, graduate students, and practitioners to submit their titles and abstracts for the 2022 Graduate Conference. The conference aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of past, present and future aspects of political competition and democratic elections in Africa. 

The competitiveness and credibility of elections in Africa can often lead down the path of electoral violence, contested electoral outcomes, an extension of presidential term limits and clamp down on dissent. Contrarily, competitive politics and successful elections have resulted from innovative reforms, practices and preventive measures adhered to by political actors. Therefore, understanding the role of state, public and private institutions, and civil society organizations in contributing to free, fair and transparent elections in Africa is critical. 

We are therefore inviting paper abstracts for this conference on the theme, ‘Political Competition and Democratic Elections in Africa: Past, Present and Future Prospects’, or any of the sub-themes below: 

Sub-themes

  • Conflicts
  • Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Electoral technology/Electronic voting
  • Institutions
  • Identity politics
  • Opinion polls
  • Political ideologies
  • Political participation, especially marginalised, minorities and vulnerable groups

Eligibility

  • Open to early career researchers, graduate students and practitioners.
  • Submitted paper should address the above theme or one of the sub theme.

How to Apply

Submit your title and abstracts (200-250 words), and a short bio of not more than 200 words (indicating your affiliation, area of research interest, contact details), addressing the above theme/sub-themes to [email protected].

The deadline for submission of abstract will be 16th September 2022. Successful applicants will be informed by 14th October 2022.

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