The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes within the framework of the Council’s strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2016, in its 2012 call for proposals.  Priority research themes for comparative research include Re-thinking (African) Development; Re-thinking Democracy (in Africa); Engendering Democracy and Development; Transitions in African Higher Education; Reforming the African Public Sector: Retrospect and Prospect; the Changing Political Economy of African Natural Resources; African Encounters with the Global System; the Popular Arts, Identity and Culture in Contemporary Africa; Health, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa; Migration Dynamics and the Making of New Diaspora Communities; Changing Rural-Urban Linkages; African Integration and New Regionalist Impulses in Africa; New Institutions of Transitional Justice; Conflict and Reconstruction in Africa; Law, Politics and Society; State, Political Identity and Political Violence; Political Pluralism and the Management of Diversity; Water and Water Resources in the Political Economy of Development; Ecology, Climate and Environmental Sustainability in Africa; Transport and Transportation Systems in Africa; Africa and the “Emerging” Powers of the Global South (China, India, Brazil…); Religion, Spirituality and Power in Africa; Democracy and Governance in Africa; Media and New technology of information and communication in Africa; Agrarian transformation; Crises of Education; Roles and dynamics of critical actors; Critical Thought, epistemologies of knowledge production, theories and methodologies.  More information on the format of the proposal is available on the CODESRIA website.  For the 2012 CRN competition, CODESRIA will be open to receive proposals up to 15th June 2012.