“Uprisings, Revolutions, and Rebellions in the Sudans”

The past year has seen significant change in both Sudan and South Sudan. Most prominently, an uprising in Sudan led by alliance of trade unions and political parties across the country successfully ousted President Bashir and has gone on to enter into a fragile agreement with the Transitional Military Council, leaving the future of the state in flux. Meanwhile in South Sudan, a peace agreement between the president, Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar has gone into its second year and is currently facing challenges to its implementation.


In light of these movements, the Sudans Studies Association invites papers for its annual meeting, to be held at Pitzer College on Thursday June 4 - Sunday June 7, 2019 on the theme of “Uprisings, Revolutions, and Rebellions in the Sudans.” The conference will look at uprisings, revolutions, and rebellions both past and present, particularly soliciting papers that draw attention to the experiences of different social groups across Sudanese society, including those of women and youth. What moments in Sudanese history constitute revolutions?  In what ways have uprisings and rebellions in the Sudans affected politics and society at large? Which groups, both domestic and international, have helped to shape them? Furthermore, what have been the legacy of uprisings, revolutions, and rebellions?


The conference will be organized into panels, roundtables, and other presentations, including artistic demonstrations or shows. Panels are intended to provide opportunities to share and discuss presentations of prepared papers. Roundtables, on the other hand, do not necessarily require prepared papers and are intended to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange on chosen topics. 


SSA welcomes proposals for panels and roundtables, as well as proposals for individual paper presentations. Those interested in submitting a panel should email with a short abstract of the panel topic, as well as the names, bios, and abstracts of proposed participants. Those interested in presenting a paper should submit a 250 word abstract alongside a short bio. All material should be directed to by February 15th.

Deadline has been extended to March 15th, 2020



Click here to register for the 39th SSA Conference!

Conference Cost: 

Become Member only: $75

Membership and Conference Registration: $125

Non-member Conference Registration: $90

Student Membership and Conference Registration: $50

Banquet $60

Online registration ends on May 31st, 2020.

*Onsite registration will include additional $10 


Review the Call for Papers above for details on presenting! Submit your proposals to by February 15th, 2020.

Deadline extended to March 15th, 2020.


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