To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences


Mirjam de Bruijn
Leiden University, NL
Stefano Bellucci
IISH, Amsterdam

Africanists of the world!

The aim of the ESSHC is to bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences.  The conference is characterized by a lively, small group exchange, rather than in formal plenary sessions; and it is organized in many networks covering specific topics. See the ESSHC website:

However, the most valuable character of the ESSHC is its focus on inter-disciplinarity.  One of the most recurrent problems of African studies is its confinement into the “ghetto” of area studies.  The ESSHC offers the possibility for research on Africa to dialogue with other regions on particular social science and historical issues.  This means that a panel can consist of papers from different parts of the world (Africa, Europe, Latin America etc.) that treat the same issue (for example gender inequality, social movements, antiquity, information technology, migration, etc.). Social historians and social scientists in Africa and on Africa can therefore exit the “ghetto” and make their research interact with the world.

It is of course possible to make panels only on Africa on themes pertaining to the conference. In other words, it is possible to propose a panel only on African case-studies within an existing disciplinary network.  You will find the list of available networks in the website of the conference:

When sending the proposal for a paper or a panel you should contact the coordinators of the Africa network, and they will do their best to accommodate African contributions to the conference in the appropriate group (unless a panel is already pre-organised and would obviously belong only to the Africanist crowd).

The Africa network coordinators would be very happy to welcome all Africanists who would like to participate at the conference to intermingle with other regions of the world or disciplines, and welcome papers and sessions on any historical topic and any historical period. 

Hope to see you in Belfast!

Africa network coordinators,

Mirjam de Bruijn

Stefano Bellucci