Call for Papers — Solidarity in Diversity: Highlighting Marginal Voices in Academia, Practice and Society

19–23 July 2021
Online and at the University of Melbourne

The African Studies Group (ASG) in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MESI) is hosting the ‘Solidarity in Diversity’ International Conference in July 2021.

The conference seeks to highlight the voices of, knowledge and experiences of people of African descent, and from other marginalised groups and communities. It is structured around three key themes: solidarity and diversity in academia; policy framing and engagement; and in practice and community intervention.

The conference anchored on the question: Is solidarity in diversity feasible? The deliberations will aim to respond to the following sub-questions:

  1. What is inclusion? Inclusion to what?
  2. Who has the power to include?
  3. What is the criteria for inclusion?

The Solidarity in Diversity Conference will be held virtually from Monday 19 to Friday 23 July 2021. You can access the detailed concept note here for the conference themes, structure and other background information.

A prize of AU$300 will be awarded to the best student paper presented at the
conference. The Call for Papers closes at 11.59 AEST on Friday 30 April 2021.

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Conference Program

Monday 19 July 2021

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 July 2021

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 July 2021


Student $10 early bird / $15 full price

Early career researcher $10 early bird / $15 full price

Community member $10 early bird / $15 full price

Established academic $15 early bird / $20 full price

Policymakers & practitioners $15 early bird / $20 full price

A number of scholarships are available for students and community members who wish to attend the conference. For more information and to apply, please contact

ASG is an association of researchers with interests in African studies hosted by the University of Melbourne.