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Yorkshire African Studies Network Conference 2015

Family, Community and Livelihoods: Perspectives from Africa

Conference Room, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), 219 Portobello Sheffield S1 4DP

19 May 2015

The annual Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) conference will be hosted at the University of Sheffield in 2015 and is being organised by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh (Department of Sociological Studies) and Dr. Thomas Goodfellow (Department of Town and Regional Planning).

Recent years have seen impressive levels of economic growth in many parts of Africa, with a new discourse of ‘Africa Rising’ coming to displace the widespread pessimism of the late twentieth century. 2015 is also the year in which countries across the continent will be scrutinised regarding their achievements or failures in relation to the ‘Milliennium Development Goals’. In this one-day conference, we seek to go beyond statistics and national indicators to understand contemporary African societies in rich detail and at the local level. In particular, the conference will explore community and neighbourhood dynamics, family relations, parent-child relations, intergenerational relations, child rearing practices, work opportunities and livelihood choices, and how these are evolving in the context of changing socio-economic and political conditions. This agenda speaks to a wide range of contemporary concerns prevalent across much of Africa, including (but not limited to) the following: job creation and unemployment, fertility rates and demographic change, ‘youth bulges’, education, gender relations, children’s rights, the changing nature of family relations, labour relations, community participation, violence and crime, and the need for improved systems for urban and neighbourhood planning.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nicola Ansell (Reader in Human Geography, Brunel University)

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The Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN), whose members are principally from the universities of Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield and York, seeks to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences through the organisation of seminars and conferences for academics, researchers and postgraduate students.

This conference is funded by the African Studies Association of the UK/Royal Africa Society.