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47 | A Rebellious Youth? Ethnographic Perspectives (Africa)

Deadline for proposal submission: 15 October 2015
Muriel Champy et Anne-Marie Peatrik

Studies of armed conflicts, local political claims or popular insurrections on the African continent have often focused on the central role of youth in these contests, giving political mobilization in Africa a generational undertone. This literature generally seems to hesitate between the pessimism stirred by a “lost generation”, “temporary subversives, aspirant elitists” and the fascination for a fiery and creative “youth” yearning “to redress the wrongs of contemporary society and remake the world”. Here, the generation of the structural adjustment plans appears to be stuck in a paradox: facing a striking lack of opportunities, they represent the future.

This panel aims at giving a new impulse to the abundant literature aroused by “the African youth” by adopting a relational and dynamic approach, considerate of the particularities of each context and which does not presume the existence of “youth” as a distinct age group characterized by specific aspirations. Privileging a thorough ethnographic approach and attentive to the new questionings and objects this scale of observation can raise, the selected papers will aim at further developing a critical anthropology of “youth”.

After the success met by these questions at the last ECAS venue (European Conference on African Studies, Paris, 8-10 July 2015) we wish to enlarge this call for papers and submit a thematic issue to the review Ateliers d’anthropologie.

If you are interested, please submit an abstract of max 500 words, an explicit title as well as your name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address to the scientific editors Muriel Champy ( and Anne-Marie Peatrik (

15 October 2015: deadline for proposal submission

30 October 2015: selection of the proposals

15 April 2016: deadline for paper submission

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