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Registration Now Open - Conference on Mining and Politics in Africa

CAS welcomes abstracts for an upcoming conference - 'Mining Political Transformations in Africa' - to be held April 24-25, 2014

The past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in mining activity across Africa, characterised by increased investment in the large-scale mining sector and increased numbers of people involved in artisanal and small-scale mining. New questions are being raised about the relationships between mining, local politics and national political transformation. Global strategies for promoting “good resource governance” are being actively debated. The CAS Annual Conference in 2014 will explore the multifarious practices and discourses of mining and political change in Africa.

Our aim is to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue and broaden the scope of conventional discussions of mining by examining the strategies of national and international actors, from government policymakers and international development agencies to mining companies, non-governmental organisations and other facets of civil society. The conference will explore how Africa has become the setting for diverse mining reform experiments, conflict prevention initiatives, corporate responsibility projects and security sector changes, leading in turn to new innovations in critical research approaches and strategies for cultivating research/policy linkages. We invite participants to examine the ways in which mining matters in Africa and the political transformations at stake.

Papers are welcome from a wide variety of disciplines. Please submit your proposal by 21 February 2014. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 200-300 words as well as the author's name, email address and institutional affiliation, and should be emailed to


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