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In this month's newsletter discover calls for papers, applications and contributions, Africa-related events, scholarships, job advertisement and useful resources! 

SOAS Summer School

Summer Course: Understanding Africa

Date: 3 July - 21 July 2017Venue: SOAS, University of London

Centre of African Studies is pleased to announce the course 'Understanding Africa' will run again at SOAS's Summer School from 3 - 21 July 2017. From History and Politics to Languages and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main diverse academic areas of study within Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits and social events. For more information and how to apply please click here.

SOAS Africa Conference

Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development
20 - 21 July 2017 | 9:00AM - 6:00PM | Russell Square | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre | SOAS, University of London

This two-days conference marks SOAS’ centenary, and in order to celebrate a century of African studies we will examine future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives in a truly inter-disciplinary conference.

Organiser: Centre of African Studies
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Upcoming events @ CAS

Words that Travel: Rhythms of Literature

Date: 21 January 2017 | Time: 12 - 10pm
Venue: SOAS, University of London

CAS has partnered with Afrikult. for Words that Travel three-part event series which aims to showcase the wonderful and rich diversity within the African literary genre. The final instalment, Words that Travel: Rhythms of Literature, will capture the synergy between literature and music - the sounds behind words, the words in sounds.

Admission: Free entry.
For more information and to reserve your free ticket go here.

Holocaust Memorial Day at SOAS: Genocide remembrance in Rwanda and Israel

26 January 2017 | 7:00PM-9:00PM | Brunei Gallery | Room: B104 | SOAS, University of London |

Genocide remembrance in Rwanda and IsraelA talk sponsored by SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies, SOAS Centre for African Studies

To mark International Holocaust Day, The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Centre for African Studies will present at talk on the parallels of two of the most horrible genocides in modern times. Dr. Yair Wallach will chair this important topic which will include Prof. Sammy Smooha, University of Haifa and Dr. Jonathan Beloff, SOAS researcher.

For More information, please click here
Afterlives: Writing World War Two in contemporary Nigerian fiction

30 Jan 2017 | 5:15pm - 7pm | Russell Square, Room: 4429 | Speaker: Dr Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge)

Exploring the recent surge of interest in World War Two both inside Nigeria and in the diaspora, this paper will focus on the way in which fiction has become a vehicle for communicating the conflict to a readership remote in time and experience from the events.

Drawing on recent literature on queer ecology and African responses to trauma, this paper will suggest that a poetics of place empowers diverse readerships to achieve an affective investment in the past. In doing so, fiction democratises the memory of the war and dramatically lays claim to its continuing relevance in contemporary Nigeria. 

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Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series with Alun Be

6 February 2017 | 5:15PM - 7:00PM | Russell Square | College Buildings | Room: 4429 |

AfroShoot presents: “Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series" with Alun Be (Senegal) chaired by Alinta Sara

Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series will aim at discussing the different paths and visions the African Diaspora encounters in their works across the globe in the field of photography.

For more information on this event please click here or contact CAS on email:
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities, African History Seminar Series

Wednesdays | 5pm - 6:30pm | Faber Building | Room: FG01 | Convenor: Dr Marie Rodet

Wed 25 Jan: 'Looking for the African film spectatorship during colonial times: Sources and methods', Prof Odile Goerg (University Paris Denis Diderot)

Wed 23 Feb: 'Historical Ecologies of Intensive Farming in Eastern Africa', Dr Matthew Davis (UCL)

Wed 8 March: 'Talking about the Weather: Settler vernaculars and climate fears in early 20th-century South Africa', Dr Meredeth McKittrick (Georgetown University)

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Africa-related Events in the UK

Africa's Most Repressive State? Politics, Rights and Leadership in Eritrea

25 January 2017 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm |  Khalili Lecture Theatre | SOAS, University of London |

"The most secretive, repressive state in Africa is haemorrhaging its citizens. In some months as many Eritreans as Syrians arrive on European shores, yet the country is not convulsed by civil war. Young men and women risk all to escape. Many do not survive, still they flee, to avoid permanent military service and a future without hope. ........"
Copies of Understanding Eritrea Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State by Martin Plaut & published by Hurst, will be on sale at the event.

This event is free and open to all but registration is required via Eventbrite.


Knowledge Africa 2017: Africa Unheard.
15 February 2017 | 13.00-17.00 | Venue: TBC

The UCL Africa & Middle East Network are holding a half-day conference: Africa Unheard.
Diverse speakers will explore the ideas of African thinkers, research and research methodologies informed by African perspectives and context, and research that engages with Africa and Africans (including African Diaspora) to create knowledge about places outside of Africa and about non-Africans. 
For more details please click here  and to register for the event using the Eventbrite click here

AFRICA Talks at University of Birmingham, Spring Term Programme

Every Wednesday | 4.30pm -  6.30pm | Danford Room | Arts Building | University of Birmingham

For more information on the talks and other Africa focused events and activities at UoB, follow us on the UoB Africa Hub Facebook page:

The Annual Debate 2017
'The Missing Ingredient on the Continent is Good Leadership'

22nd March 2017 | The Law Society

The Business Council for Africa’s flagship event The Annual Debate returns next March for its third edition. It has established itself as an important platform for everyone interested in and committed to African business. Read more here.

Anglo-Somali Society meeting
22 February 2017 | 5.30pm | YMCA Indian Student Hostel | 41 Fitzroy Square | London W1T 6AQ |

For further details, program for the day, list of the speakers and to book a ticket for the event please visit the Anglo-Somali Society website on the link provided here.

Call for Applications & Papers



Centre of African Studies offers 3 MSc and 1 PhD scholarship to African residents as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 

Find more information on how to apply to the MSc scholarships here.

Find more information on how to apply to the PhD scholarships here.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

For further information contact


Call for Papers
Photographs Beyond Ruins: Women and Photography in Africa
Friday 14 July 2017

Submission of papers is being sought for a one-day symposium at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The conference will take place on Friday 14th July 2017 in the Senate Room, Senate House, University of London.
 Deadline for submission: by 17 March 2017.

  For more details, please see the call for paper attached

MSc/MA Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT)

We are excited to announce our new MSc/MA Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT). We have two scholarships available for African students to cover the costs of Year One in London at the LSE. Please find full details here.

Call for Papers: 7th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS)

'Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban'

The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies on behalf of AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) invite you to submit proposals for the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017 with the theme: 'Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban'. More information here.
Deadline: 19 January 2017

Rift Valley Institute: Learning and Training Course 2017

The Rift Valley Institute is now accepting application for the following courses for 2017, Kenya Elections, Bespoke courses and Annual field courses 2017.

For further information about this course, please contact

Call for Proposal to Organise a Workshop
Closing Date: Monday 1 May 2017

The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organize a workshop to take place in 2018. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa.

Applications may be submitted by experienced scholars and cultural practitioners based in universities, museums, and other cultural organizations in South Africa who are interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary, cross-institutional engagement and understanding and who are committed to training the next generations of scholar-practitioners. Applications may be submitted by a single individual or a pair of individuals who have different institutional affiliations and bring different perspectives, approaches or specializations to the proposed Workshop theme.

For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, see the full Call for Proposals listed under “ACIP Opportunities” on our website:

Call for Paper
International Conference 22nd – 25th May 2017
School of Languages and Literatures. Complutense
University of Madrid, Spain

The Doctoral Program and the Master’s Program in Literary Studies at Complutense University of Madrid together with the research group GILAVE and in association with the Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas (Institute for Women’s Studies) calls for submission of proposal for the May 2017 International conference. 
The International Conference “Representations of Hostile Spaces in Literature and the Arts: Images and Metaphors” sets out to study works of literature, cinema, music and the visual arts related to hostile spaces and the images and metaphors derived from them in literature and the arts.

Closing Date: 9th February 2017
For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, see the full Call for Proposals

  Call for papers: ‘Social Media in Africa: Beyond the hashtag
  African Studies Centre, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
27th April 2017
 Venue: Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
This workshop calls for papers that address the diverse uses and affects of social media in Africa. Papers that present original empirical research of both a qualitative or quantitative nature are encouraged. The call is open to researchers of all disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. Interest is particularly on papers that critically examine the methodological and ethical considerations of social media for data collection and analysis in Africa.

Interested presenters on topics that address any of the above should submit an abstract of no more than 350 words to and The deadline for submission is 27th January 2017.
Further details available at here and in the attached .


Job Vacancies

Internship Opportunity:
Communication and Administrative Intern

The African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, seeks a Communication and Administrative Intern to serve as an Assistant to the Director as well as a part of the Strategic Communications team.

The individual will have dual reporting lines and will split the time between the two portfolios. S/he will be charged with the efficient and effective functioning of the Director’s office as well as providing support towards the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Communication’s strategy and work plan.

Deadline 30th January 2017

Download the Call for Application here
Art Exhibitions
Ajarb Bernard Ategwa: Princes de Nuit 
Private view: Thursday 26 January 2017, 6-8 pm

Ategwa's paintings work as sequences in a larger narrative describing the urban chaos of his hometown, Douala. Moving between the taxi stands, newsagents, roadside markets and fleeting moments of respite, the artist offers snapshots of everyday life. His works are large format, mimicking the scale of cityscapes and public space. His vivid colour palette and graphic style speak the language of advertising familiar to Douala’s inhabitants. With great skill the artist weaves together sights, sounds and smells of the street to create a rich sensory immersion. From the disorder, we are given a distilled sense of flow, rhythm and harmony.


The MASK Prize is the renowned pan-African annual creativity competition for schools and young people under the age of 25. It hopes to foster a wider awareness of the critical importance of creativity and innovation in the 21st century: as prosperity and transformation are driven by creativity and innovation, creative people are critical to a nation's success. Creativity is a skill and should be fostered from the early age. 
For submission and other details, please click here

The 2016 MASK Prize is on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London until the 29th of January. More than 60 prizes and commendations of the 2016 MASK Prize were awarded at the Award Ceremony in Nairobi in June 2016. 

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