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Call for Papers:
Conference on Chinese
Infrastructure Engagement in Africa

October 13-14, 2016


 The China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) announces a call for papers for its third annual conference and researchers' workshop: "Chinese Infrastructure Engagement in Africa."

The conference will be held at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC from Thursday, October 13 to Friday, October 14, 2016. We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for this conference and workshop. Proposals are due by July 15, 2016. Papers are welcome on the following China-Africa infrastructure topics, among others:

  • Skill building and technology transfer through infrastructure
  • Focused comparisons between Chinese approaches and others
  • Labor relations on building sites
  • Quality issues with infrastructure
  • Environmental and social impacts and safeguards
  • Industrial zones, power plants, railways, roads, social and commercial housing projects
  • Public private partnerships and other financing modes
  • Strategic aspects (Djibouti)
  • The role of consulting engineers and African state management/oversight
  • Cross-border infrastructure projects and geopolitics

The list is for suggestion only; other topics are also welcome. We particularly encourage papers based on fieldwork and that focus on case studies of specific infrastructure projects or investments. Applicants are welcome to discuss their proposed research with the conference organizers before making a proposal or to propose use of our database on Chinese loans in Africa. Comparisons between Chinese and other infrastructure financiers would be particularly welcome, or comparisons between Chinese infrastructure implementation in Africa and in other regions (including China). 
Prospective authors should submit a two page proposal to by 11:59 pm EST July 15, 2016. Late applications will not be considered. Proposals should include a 300 word abstract of the paper, a brief description of the research project and methodology, and a short biography of the author. A limited amount of travel support will be available for selected researchers to attend the conference. Authors should indicate whether they need travel support in order to participate

For more information, please visit our website: 
This conference is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.