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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.

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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 and the conference papers page for access to papers. The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group constitution is available to download.

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group won ESRC funding for a Research Seminar series on African Agency in International Politics. The series, led by Dr Sophie Harman (City) and Dr William Brown (OU), consisted of five seminars which ran throughout 2011. It was hosted by City University and involved collaboration with Birmingham, Kent and Stellenbosch Universities and Chatham House. Please see the African Agency Seminar Series page for further details.

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

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