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Call for Papers: ISTR Africa Network Conference 2017

The broad aim of this conference is to kick-start the process of serious consideration of critical questions occupying the civil society-philanthropy interface such as; how can civil society organisations promote a culture of giving?

Do charitable acts give a boost or enervate the civic impulse? How and under what conditions do agents traverse the civic and philanthropic terrains, and what forms of collaborations are possible between the two?

What, in a deliberate amplification of the canvas, are the proper limits of collaboration between the state and charities, and who gets to draw them?

How have the histories of civil society and philanthropic organisations been entangled in Africa, and what are the possibilities for the transformation of the nongovernmental space on the continent?

To this end, we invite theoretical, philosophical and empirical submissions drawing on the best investigative traditions and approaches from the entire spectrum of the social sciences, including, but not necessarily limited to, economics, history, psychology, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and anthropology. Papers may be ethnographic, comparative, statistical, regional, national, or strictly theoretical in their approaches.

Whilst submitters are encouraged to take issue with and pursue the implications of the foregoing questions from their respective intellectual standpoints, we ask them that they see them (i.e. the questions) as mere provocations to thought and not limits or constraints that the conference organisers seek to impose.

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