International Academy in Gender and Generations, Dakar, Senegal

Deadline: 15 August 2014
Open to: doctoral students from around the world
Venue: 26 January – 1 February 2015 in Dakar, Senegal


International Summer Academy will explore the historical and contemporary meanings and practices of work in relation to gender and generation in post-slavery societies. In many parts of the world, adaptation to the end of slavery went along with the reconfiguration of domestic household labour, new or revived forms of coerced labour, trafficking, conflicts over the control of labour and the emergence of sharecropping, debt bondage, and forced marriages as a form of labour mobilization. These developments had a differential impact on men and women, and on different generations. Moreover, especially in post-slavery societies in Africa, the Americas, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean world, the distinction between “free” and “unfree” became essential in this process.

The Summer Academy shall focus methodologically on historical perspectives that investigate global interconnections and entanglements and/or employ methodologies of comparison. The critical reflection of general comparative notions such as generation,household, work and labour, freedom and slavery should be part of the individual projects presented at the Summer Academy.


The Summer Academy is open for doctoral students  from around the world working in the field of work/labour from historical as well as other social sciences perspectives. Candidates from Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.


The participation in the International Summer Academy will be for the selected participants free of charge, and travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organisers of the Summer Academy.


In order to apply you must fill in the application form and prepare a brief outline of your current research project (max. 3 pages), two pages essay on how your work relates to the themes of the Summer Academy as well as how it can contribute to it. Proposed projects should assume a historical perspective and will be particularly pertinent if they take account of connections beyond the nation state and attempt to reflect upon the possibilities of connecting regional and systematic approaches. This does not exclude carefully contextualized case studies.

The application should be submitted electronically to along with you CV and the names/email addresses of two referees.

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2014.

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