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BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group

Welcome to the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group website. The Africa and International Studies Working Group was formally established in summer 2007. The Group aims to provide a forum in which to bring together a diverse range of scholars to discuss and debate: substantive issues arising from a study of Africa and 'the international'; theoretical and conceptual debates about the relationship between generalities of the discipline of International Studies and African historically-based specificities; and ideas about the relationship of issues and theory in the pedagogy of International Studies in and of Africa.

Africa International workshop

This website provides details of the working group's activities and a place to share and access information on upcoming events. The site seeks to publicise some of the innovative and thought-provoking work of the group and the events and research work that working group members are participating in.

Since its inception the group has engaged over 200 members from around the world. The group has established an active presence at the BISA annual conference, ISA annual conference, and has organised a number of our own workshops. Please visit our events page for details of past and forthcoming events. The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group constitution is available to download.

Recent series organised by the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group include an ESRC Research Seminar series on African Agency in International Politics in 2011; a BISA and HEA funded series on 'Teaching Africa and International Studies' in 2013; and an ESRC Research Seminar series on UK Africa Policy after Labour in 2014-15. More details about these series and their outputs can be found in their respective website pages.

We welcome contributions and suggestions for future activities and initiatives (see contacts).

Funding for the Working Group comes from the British International Studies Association. Besides funding for our events and activities, the benefits of our BISA affiliation include access to the annual BISA conference and postgraduate conference as well as designated panel slots at these events and the International Studies Association Annual Convention. Our funding is tied to the number of Group members who are also members of BISA, so please do consider joining the vibrant BISA community today. Details are available at:

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