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African consumers of imported goods. Studies on the globalization of ordinary things (18th-21st c.)

Africains consommateurs de biens importés. Études de cas autour de la mondialisation des choses banales (XVIIIe-XXIe siècle)

6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) 2015

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Published on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This panel deals with the process of globalization in Africa focusing on the imported material goods and their uses, from the end of the 18th century up to now.

Announcement

Argument

Thomas Guindeuil (CFEE/IMAf) and Clélia Coret (Paris 1/IMAf) will organize a panel on "African consumers of imported goods. Studies on the globalization of ordinary things (18th-21st c.)" for the 6th ECAS conference that will be held in Paris on 8-10 July 2015.

This panel deals with the process of globalization in Africa focusing on the imported material goods and their uses, from the end of the 18th century up to now. Africa still appears as a marginal space in global history although African studies have paid attention to social, economic and cultural phenomenon bind with the various steps of globalization. Research devoted to the most extraverted African societies enabled to bring Africa into an acknowledged global circulating system of ideas and commodities. In this way, attention has been paid to human contacts and, as a consequence, to the creation of networks which overcame the boundaries and made possible these circulations on very long distances. Though it is nowadays admited that Africa takes part in global exchanges through the activity of African traders, a next phase have been initiated with the book of J. Prestholdt (2008), who imported history of consumption and consumerism – first developed for the study of Europe (D. Roche, 1997) – on the African field. Using this approach, this panel address questions on globalization focusing on African consumers, and particularly on consumers of the imported goods for which long distance commercial networks have been built. To what needs these goods are they responding? Are they produced in this aim, and for these consumers in particular? How do African consumers deal with these objects? How do these objects become “cultural” and “heritage” artefacts for local populations?

Guidelines submission

Papers proposals can either be presented in French or English.

The deadline for submiting a proposal is the 9th of January 2015.

 To submit (1500 characters maximum)

 

Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, January 09, 2015

Keywords

  • imported good, globalization, ordinary thing, consumerism

Contact(s)

  • Clélia Coret
    courriel : clelia [dot] coret [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Guindeuil Thomas
    courriel : t [dot] guindeuil [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Clélia Coret
    courriel : clelia [dot] coret [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« African consumers of imported goods. Studies on the globalization of ordinary things (18th-21st c.) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, December 15, 2014, https://calenda.org/310356

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