Call for Papers: Africa at the Intersection of Climate, Migration & Health Challenges

26 March 2024

This international conference will take place at the Krook in Ghent (Belgium) on 28-29 November 2024. 

The symposiums organised by the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association (GAPSYM) have been trendsetting in the Belgian academic landscape over the last 16 years, in the sense that they provide a unique interdisciplinary forum to showcase academic research taking place in collaboration with African-based partners.

This 17th multidisciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organised by Ghent University’s International Thematic Network CliMigHealth, which focuses on the nexus between climate change, migration and health(care), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR).

The conference hopes to showcase how scientists, policymakers, artists, writers, opinion makers and educators reflect on present-day developments related to relevant Climate-Migration-Health topics in Africa. The conference will be a platform to engage explicitly on this topic, also beyond academic research, including the organisation of writeshops, round tables and seminars related to advancements in terms of education and outreach.

Although not exclusively, we invite contributions elaborating on themes that relate to the entire climate-migration-health nexus, as well as subthemes that focus on one of these dimensions, with emphasis on Africa.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must be written in English or French. Submissions should be sent by e-mail and before June 1st, 2024, to mentioning “GAPSYM17 – abstract title”. In addition to submissions for full papers, we also welcome submissions for round tables, panels, writeshops or workshops, with testimonies on specific cases or with a focus on the sharing of expertise.

The full programme of the symposium will be made available in August 2024 to allow participants to make travel arrangements.