Mid-month news from the Centre of African Studies, University of London, May 2014
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Events at the Centre

Book Launch and Discussion: Jahtigui – The Life and Music of Ali Farka Toure

TODAY – Monday 12th May 204, 7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre
Corey Harris with Lucy Duran (SOAS)
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Exhibition Launch: Revealing the Invisible: Rural Wage Workers in Ethiopia and Uganda

Friday 16th May, 6pm-8pm, Wolfson Gallery, SOAS
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His Excellency Ambassador Berhanu Kebede of Ethiopia will say a few words, followed by a reception in the Khalili Lecture Theatre Foyer

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CAS 2014 Annual Lecture: Civil Disobedience and Non-Violent Direct Action

"We believe that intensifying peaceful civil disobedience is not only ethically justifiable but morally necessary” - Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

In the CAS 2014 Annual Lecture, Dr Naidoo will 
draw on recent campaigns such as last year's protest at an Arctic oil drilling rig, which saw activists arrested by Russian authorities and held for 100 days, and the anti-apartheid struggle he was part of in his home country, South Africa.

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Africa Business Group: Britain, China and Africa doing Business 
Tuesday 10th June, 11.30am-2.30pm, Brunei Suite

Chinese investment in Africa has gained widespread attention over the last decades. The negative side of Chinese activity on the continent is an often repeated story of dubious ethical practices and an influx of Chinese labour. What is the situation now, and what role can British businesses play?
In association with Business Council for Africa

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Lusophone Countries in the 21st Century

Thursday 12th June, 5.15pm-7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Speakers: H.E Mr. Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola in the UK, Dr Toby Green (KCL) & Dr Chris Alden (LSE)

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Tanzania's 2012 Census: Tracking Population Growth, Internal Migration and Urbanisation

Monday 16th June, 5.15 – 7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

A presentation by Hugh Wenban-Smith, chaired by Deborah Potts (KCL).
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SOAS Events
African History Seminars:
Book Launch: Among the Mende in Sierra Leone: the letters from Sjoerd Hofstra (1934-36)  

Thursday 19 June 2014, 5.30-7pm, Room 116, SOAS

Panel discussion with: Paul Basu, Krijn Peters, Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra, Paul Richards
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Events and seminars in the UK


Oxford Africa Conference for 2014: African Transformations

23rd-24th May 2014, University of Oxford

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Britain Zimbabwe Society Research Day:
Politics, Culture and Identity in Zimbabwe and Its Diasporas

21st June 2014, St Anthony's College, Oxford
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Childhood & Youth Interdisciplinary Research Group: Researching Children and Youth Workshop
14th May 2014, 9:30am – 5pm, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
To register, email: email Aoife O’Higgins and Andrea Grant at researchingchildr by 1st May
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The Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies 2014

Keith Hart - Waiting for Emancipation: The Prospects for Liberal Revolution and a Human Economy in Africa
Thursday 22 May at 5pm, Seminar Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
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Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars

Liberalism in Action in Africa: State Rebuilding, Security Reform and Justice
Wednesday, 21 May from 09:30 to 17:00
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King's College London

In Memoriam: Patrick, Chabal, His Life and Works

Friday 6th June, 9.30am-5pm, room K4U.12, Strand Campus, King's College London

A one day memorial event to celebrate the life and work of the historian and political scientist Patrick Chabal, who worked for 30 years of his career at King's College London in the Departments of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.
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Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

Class in Africa: a reassessment
The annual Cadbury conference 
15th to 17th May 2014
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Royal African Society 

23rd Anniversary of Somaliland Re-Independence Celebration

Sunday 18th May 2014, Troxy Hall, 490 Commercial Road

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Rift Valley Institute Field Courses 2014
Horn of Africa Course, the Sudan and South Sudan Course, and the Great Lakes Course.
31st May – 4th July
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Art & Film
Sokari Douglas Camp Open Studio – New Works
24th & 25th May, 5 Morecambe St, London SE17 1DX

Films on ‘Anthropology & Photography’
A series of Upstairs @ the RAI screenings on Tuesdays, 6pm, Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

Music for Liberia Concert 

Saturday 14th June, 7pm, St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, London.

Performers include the Heath Quartet, pianist Charles Owen, kora-player Kadialy Kouyate, and jazz vocalist Alice Zawadzki.£10/£15
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Limpopo Club / 30 Years of Music

Gifty Naa DK, Mose Conde, Limpopo DJs Wala, Mr K & Guests, Zong Zing All Stars
Friday 30th May, 8pm, Charlie Wright's Music Lounge,
45 Pitfield Street Hoxton / London / N1 6DA
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Welcome to the mid-month newsletter for May 2014. Please click 'View it in your browser' in the red box above to see the full newsletter.

Scroll down to see news about events & seminars at SOAS and other UK universities, as well as several calls for papers in conferences in the UK & abroad. At the bottom you will find listings for funding opportunities.

CAS Events


News from CAS

SOAS Events

Events & Seminars in the UK

Art & F

Conferences in the UK & Abroad

Funding Opportunities & Prizes



Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI)
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Centre of African studies, in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has launched a new initiative that aim to build skills, develop talent, and enable Africans to improve the quality of governance in their countries:
  • PhD Scholarships at SOAS.
    Next deadline to apply: 30th April  2015
  • MSc Scholarships at SOAS.
    Next deadline to apply: 30th April  2015
  • Click here for Governance in Africa conversations 
  • GDAI Further Details
Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship in London
The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.
PLEASE NOTE: Leventis co-operation programme applicants must be Nigerian nationals residing in Nigeria.
Next deadline: 31 May 2014

Leventis Fellowship Further details


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Caitlin Pearson
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Conferences in the UK & Abroad

CFP: Nigeria Research Day
June 21st 2014, University College London
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CFP:  JSAS 1st Biennial Conference Call for Papers
Southern Africa beyond the West:
Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS & the Global South
7-10 August 2015, Livingstone, Zambia
Deadline: 1st August 2014
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CFP: CODESRIA - Africa’s changing security sector institutional landscape
Application Deadline: May 31, 2014
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CFP: CODESRIA ; Comparative Research Networks: Call for proposals for 2014
Application Deadline: 31 May, 2014
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CFP: Racial Transgressing Racial Boundaries, 1857 to the Present Day
28th November 2014, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Deadline: 1st July 2014
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CFP: 14th CODESRIA General Assembly: Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects
15-19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal
Deadline: 31st May 2014

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8 June to 11 June 2014, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Focus: ‘Swahili and New Media and Technologies’
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The European Union and Africa: The Interregional Dynamics
26-28 September 2014, Athens, Greece
Deadline for abstracts: 31st August 2014
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Funding Opportunities & Prizes

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies

BIGSAS) at the University of Bayreuth in Germany offers three fully funded PhD scholarships beginning 10/2014 in the following research areas:

- Culture and Technology in Africa
- Media in Africa
- Development Economics in Africa
Deadline: 15th May 2014
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Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund Scholarship
3 year doctoral programme funding in the field of human security in developing countries
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The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara has invited the CSC to nominate eight candidates for Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD study in New Zealand starting in early 2015
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Senior Researcher in Peace and Conflict 
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Deadline: 22nd May
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African & African American Studies Lecturer Positions
University of Kansas
Language Courses: Amharic, Arabic, Haitian, Hausa, KiSwahili, Somali and Wolof
Other courses: African History, Black Popular Music, Legal Issues and the African American
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Professorship in African History
University of Basel
Deadline: 31st May
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