Call for panels

January 1, 2018. All panels accepted are published here. Please check the proposed themes and panels accepted.

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Call for panels – deadline 30 November 2017

SSIA 2018 invites panel proposals on all aspects of Somali studies. We encourage submissions on issues of current interest to the community of Somali Studies that are well-suited to open discussion and debate.

Important Dates
Panel Submission by: 30th November, 2017.
Notification of acceptance and panel announcements: 31st December, 2017
Camera-Ready copy – panel summery for proceedings: 31st January, 2018.
[Followed by paper submission: check the dates here]

Submission Guidelines for Panel Proposals
Each proposal should include the title of the panel, the names, affiliations, and brief biographies of the moderator and at least one other panelist, and a brief description of the content and format of the discussion. During the call for papers, other presenters will join the panel. Each panel will have max four presenters.

Panels should be part preferably in one of the major areas of the congress (if not please motivate the reason why to add a new area):
1. Language.
1a) Descriptive and theoretical linguistics (developments in knowledge of Somali language)
1b) Applied linguistics (translation and interpreting, language in the media, language in education, language and the law etc.)
1c) Language and technology (ICT, corpora etc)

2. Expressive culture
2a) Literature in Somali (what changes have occurred over the last 40 years in Somali literature?)
2b) Music, theatre and dance (how have these forms of cultural expression developed over the last 40 years, what have been the influences from the diaspora etc.)
2c) Material arts and archaeology (what developments have there been in contemporary material art expression and in knowledge of earlier forms of material culture?)

3. Natural sciences
What are the major challenges facing the environment, health, agriculture and livestock in the Horn of Africa and how are these being addressed?)
3a) Environment
3b) Health
3c) Agriculture and livestock

4. Social sciences: Somali identity in the Horn and the diaspora
4a) Religion
4b) Gender
4c) Diaspora

5. Economics and development
5a) Business and finance
5b) Trade in the Somali territories
5c) Technology

6. History and governance
6a) Governance in the Somali territories
6b) History prior to independence or prior to 1991
6c) History since independence or since 1991

Panels should focus on discussion and debate and should include specific examples of provocative questions to be addressed by the panel, and should clearly answer the following questions:
Why is the topic of current interest to the Somali studies?
Why is the topic well-suited to an open panel discussion?
What should attendees expect to gain from the panel?

Short panel summaries will appear in the SSIA 2018 conference proceedings.

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