Call for Papers: Gender, Science, Technology, and Socio-Economic Development: Africa and the Diaspora




The New York State African Studies Association (NYASA) will hold its 36th Annual Meeting on March 25-26, 2011 at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. In light of profound changes in recent decades and the serious challenges facing African & diasporic communities at the intersections of gender, science, technology, and socio-economic development, the Annual Meeting will examine this general theme and its variations. Gender shall be conceptualized in the broadest possible ways so as to include not only women, men and transgendered individuals, but also any other categories that we may not habitually recognize as gendered. We assume that gender, science, technology, and development meet in interesting ways and so we ask participants to query these connections, to ask how science, technology and ideas of development are changing conceptions of gender and vice versa.

The AFRICANA & LATINO STUDIES, Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy Departments, hosts of the 2011 annual meeting of NYASA, invite abstracts of papers, proposals for presentations, panels and roundtables on the above theme. Suggested variations which seek to address the wider theme of the conference include:

1. In what way are science, technology, and development gendered?
2. How is technology changing lives? Does it help release or restrain imaginations and epistemes?
3. How do gendered visions of our worlds, our futures intersect with science and technology? How are these used to interpret gender and development in the constrution of our lives?

Papers, Presentations, and Panels are Invited from the Following Areas:

* Gender and Development
* Gender and Science
* Gender and Human Rights
* Critiques of GMOs
* Politics of NGOfication
* The Gender Presence in Politics
* Art, Technology and Gender Representations
* Information Technology: computers and the internet
* New finance (microfinance, loans and investments) impact on Africa and Diaspora
* Greening Africa & Greening Africa-America (e.g., Detroit. Nairobi)
* Education, gender, technology or science and development
* Science innovations and testing in Africa
* Gender and Technology
* Gender, Religion and Science
* Gender and Medicine and Public Health
* Gender and Labor
* The politics of development
* Gender and Eco-Politics
* New technology and cultural workers
* Music, the Arts and Capacity Building
* Gender, Democracy and Civil Society Organizations
* Africa and innovations, new science, new technology
* Science & Technology as tools of globalization
* African innovations and the challenges of neoliberal capitalism
* Innovations, localization and limits of self reliance

Other paper topics will also be considered so shall proposals to promote student participation. Select papers will be published in the following journals: Phoebe, Wagadu, and possiblyJenda. PLEASE SEND ABSTRACTS of papers, presentations and panels of not more than 150 words by January 14, 2011 to the Local Organizing Committee at nyasa11(at) Indicate, if you could, which sub-theme best fits your topic. Also, specify if you would need media resources (e.g., powerpoint) for your presentation. The local organizing committee will notify those who submit successful proposals by Jan 25, 2011. For general updates please visit the website of the conference at or

All SUNY Oneonta faculty, staff, students with a valid ID card can attend the conference without paying conference fees.