International Sudan and South Sudan Studies Conference

9th International South Sudan and Sudan Studies Conference

Identity, Economy, Power Relations and External Interests: Old and New Challenges for Sudan and South Sudan

Date: 23–25 July 2012

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn,
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, HS 1,7,8,9,
Bonn, Germany

Conference Secretariat
Dr. Elke Grawert
Ruth Vollmer
Email: issc(at)

Sudan has profoundly changed in recent years. In 2011, two Sudans emerged from Africa’s longest conflict. Many issues and consequences affecting the entire region have accompanied the separation of South Sudan as the African continent’s newest nation. This conference proposes to examine the changing identities, economic and power relationships, and external interests that characterize Sudan and South Sudan as they enter a new era.

This 9th International South Sudan and Sudan Studies Conference, which takes place in Bonn, Germany, from 23 to 25 July 2012, will open with an emphasis on identity, especially issues of gender, citizenship, integration, history, memory, and the geographical challenges of the separation. Its second day will be devoted to economic issues, particularly economic development prospects, urbanization and social transformation in Sudan and South Sudan, and issues regarding oil, water and other resources. The conference’s final day will examine both internal and external power relationships including Sudan–South Sudan relations, old and new conflicts, party formation, and strategic and security issues. This conference seeks to reflect on recent work, open up new discussion and encourage future research. We expect to bring together scholars working in different disciplines to extend the body of authoritative knowledge on both Sudan and South Sudan.

The Sudan Studies Association USA and the Sudan Studies Society UK have been organizing International Sudan Studies Conferences every three years for nearly three decades at changing venues. As before, they also have a say in the contents of this conference. This year, 2012, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) will organize the conference, which will take place in Bonn, Germany. The city of Bonn as international science hub is a most suitable location to bring together scholars from South Sudan and Sudan for the first time after the separation. The sponsors of the conference are the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Research Foundation DFG and the Foundation International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn.

Registration on the form below is obligatory for participation and receipt of a name badge. Participants who register before 01 July 2012 will be offered free conference lunches, those registering later will have to use local cafeterias or restaurants.

Some small stipends may be available for assistance to a limited number of postgraduate students. Interested persons should contact SSA President Randall Fegley, Coordinator of Global Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus, P.O. Box 7009, Tulpehocken Road, Reading, PA, USA 19610, Tel. (610) 396-6092, e-mail raf8(at)