Africa News from the Centre of African Studies, University of London,
January 2015
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Welcome to the CAS newsletter for May 2015. Please click view in browser on the red bar above to see the full newsletter.

Click the links below 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, job opportunities, and journals and book series on Africa.

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CAS Events


  • Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrongby Morten Jerven 
  • Book Launch, Thursday 4th June, 6pm-8pm, Brunei Suite
  • Not so long ago, Africa was being described as the ‘Hopeless Continent’. Recently, though, talk has turned to ‘Africa Rising’, with enthusiastic voices exclaiming the potential for economic growth across many of its countries. What, then, is the truth behind Africa’s growth, or lack of it?

    In this provocative book, Morten Jerven fundamentally reframes the debate, challenging mainstream accounts of African economic history. Whilst for the past two decades experts have focused on explaining why there has been a ‘chronic failure of growth’ in Africa, Jerven shows that most African economies have been growing at a rapid pace since the mid-90s. In addition, African economies grew rapidly in the 50s, the 1960s, and even into the 1970s. Thus, African states were dismissed as incapable of development based largely on observations made during the 1980s and early 1990s. The result has been misguided analysis, and few practical lessons learned.

    An essential account of the real impact economic growth has had on Africa, and what it means for the continent’s future.

    Respondent: Tunde Zack-Williams (University of Central Lancashire)
    Chair: Deborah Johnston (SOAS)
    Find out more

    The Humor Principle in Modern African Literature and Cinema

    Africa Seminar - Maik Nwosu (University of Denver). Monday 1st June, 5.15-7pm, Room 4429

    An examination of how the African comic imagination, which traces a path back to African folklore,  has variously manifested in modern African literature and the direct-to-video Nigerian film industry  known as Nollywood.
    Find out more

    Heaven & Earth: Church Education and Monastic Culture in Ethiopia
    Readapted Screening and Q&A with director Mackonen Michael

    Thursday 11 June 2015 | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS | Tickets £10

    ‘Heaven & Earth’ is documentary film that tells the story of an ancient civilization,
    covering a millennium of Ethiopia monastic culture and ecclesiastical education.
    Presenting the development of indigenous Christianity in an African setting, the film
    provides a corrective to still prevalent stereotypes of Africa as a dark continent in need of enlightenment by outside forces.

    Director Mackonen Michael is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC World Service and has produced several documentary films and radio programmes about culture in Africa. Michael also won a prestigious BAFTA award for his radio documentary ‘Bridging the Gap’ about the lives of immigrants in the UK.

    An Uli Woman Painter’s Tale in the Igbo Heritage Crisis: The Life and Work of Eziafo Okaro 
    22 June, 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm | SOAS, Russell Square Building | Room 4429

    The story of uli reflects the unsung contribution of women to social development in Igbo land and how this unique contribution has been devalued in the highly male-privileging art field of today.  Ikwuemesi's work focuses on the work of one uli woman painter, Eziafo Okaro, and highlights the trans-epochal qualities of her vision. The story of Eziafo Okaro provides a basis for discussing the need to preserve the self while appropriating the other and how the work of Igbo uli women classicists helped to reinforce and preserve Igbo identity.


    Identities in Greater Senegambia and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Approaches through History and Music in Dialogue
    24 - 25 June 2015 | Vernon Square, Room V111

    Organised by Dr Lucy Duran and Dr Toby Green, this two day conference will bring together various academics, historians, artists, and musicians in order to analyse the relationship of identities through music and history. Panel topics include knowledge transmission, religion and youth, urbanization and rural lives, kinship and representation, and language and memory. Please view the attachment for further details and the conference programme. 

    For more information, contact

    Sponsored by the British Academy and the African Studies Association of the UK.


    Elections in central and southern Africa, dynamics of exclusion and participation

    26 June 2015 | Brunei Gallery, Room B102 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    SOAS Centre of African Studies, in conjunction with the British Academy.

    This one day conference will examine elections in central and southern Africa. Elections in the region are marked by powerful and even paradoxical dynamics of participation and exclusion. Ostensible rituals of mass participation and of legitimation by civil power, electoral successes in the countries of the region have generally made recourse to forms of exclusionary violence during the campaign. And while representative democracies often use mass participation in electoral rituals to legitimate the subsequent exclusion of the demos from the political process, in central and southern Africa this is brought out in an especially acute fashion. For example, many of those who play an active role in electoral campaigns – most especially young men and women from the lowest socio-economic groups – are invariably those who are most excluded by governments brought to power by such campaigns. Looking at papers of a generally ethnographic nature the conference will seek look at elections as part of a complex, oft misunderstood political phenomena in their own right rather than as staging posts en route to a normative conception of democracy.

    Convened by Dr Joe Trapido, Anthropology & Sociology Department, SOAS.

    For more information and RSVP contact


    SOAS African History Seminar

    All seminars will be held in room B101, Brunei Gallery, 17.00-18.30

    Wed. 13 May 2015
    Waging Another War: Social Relations and the Formation of a Working Class in Luanda, 1961-75 - Juliana Cordeiro de Farias Bosslet (SOAS)  

    Wed. 27 May 2015
    The Birth of South Africa’s Military-Industrial Complex: Pre-Apartheid Public and Private Sector Development -Sumaiya Aboo (SOAS)

SOAS Events
Conference - The Role of Arbitration Institutions in the Development of Arbitration in Africa - Registration is now open
Date: Thursday 23 July, 2015
Venue: African Union Commissions, Addis Ababa

A one day conference that will examine and discuss the current role and functions of arbitrations institutions within the continent. Prominent members and institutions will be present. 

Delegates please register by clicking here
To view the conference flyer click here
Opportunities and Constraints for the Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopia and Malawi
12:00 - 2:00 PM |  Room L67, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
NGOs have been critical to meeting the social welfare needs and have contributed to social development in Ethiopia and Malawi, as well as China. Since the 10th Five Year Plan (2001-2005) where the Chinese government outlined its “Going Out” strategy, Chinese businesses have made substantial investments abroad, including sub-Saharan Africa. Trailing Chinese investments abroad have been its development assistance. Much of China’s development assistance does not conform to the guidelines set out by the OECD, but rather come as part of an economic package it delivers to the recipient country.
Jennifer Y.J. Hsu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford’s China Centre. Her research interests broadly cover state-society and state-NGO relations and, the growth of civil society in China. She is working collaboratively on the internationalization of Chinese NGOs and their role in international development.
Events and Seminars in the UK

The African Studies Centre organises a lively programme of seminars, workshops and international conferences. At least three research seminars on Africa meet each week during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms:

Annual events include:

Podcasts of past seminars and events hosted by the African Studies Centre are available both on the Oxford University Podcasts Website and on iTuneU.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 28 May
Historical Ethnography and Ethnographic Fiction: The African Writings of Hilda Beemer Kuper (1911-1992) | Andrew Bank (University of Western Cape)

Thursday 4 June
Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform | Nic Cheeseman (Oxford University)

Tuesday 5 June
Reflections on xenophobic violence in South Africa 
Belinda Dodson (Western Ontario) | 'Thinking geographically about xenophobia in South Africa'
Ian Cooper (Cambridge) | 'Pack your bags and go home: the Zulu Royal House, ANC electoral mobilisation, and xenophobic violence in South Africa' 

Friday 9 June
Annual Studies Lecture | Winnie Byanyima (Oxfam)

Please click here for a full list of events (All seminars are held on Thursdays at 5pm in the Pavilion Room, St. Antony's College (unless otherwise stated). 
Poll delay in Somaliland: Crisis or Process?
A panel discussion presented by Somaliland Focus & the Horn of Africa Seminar
15 June 5:00 pm | African Studies Centre | Oxford University

Presidential and parliamentary elections in Somaliland, scheduled to take place on the 26th June 2015, have been postponed for at least 17 months following delays in voter registration processes. As occurred in the previous election, the President's term has been extended amid criticism from opposition parties and the international community. Scheduled to coincide with the planned elections, this panel will question the extent to which these election delays mark a political crisis in Somaliland, or rather are constitutive of developing processes of democratisation in the country. Panelists will address the practical, political and economic causes and consequences of the delay, and reflect on its impact on Somaliland nation-state building, and political stability across the wider region.

For more information and a list of speakers, please refer to the event flyer

Cambridge Centre of African Studies Seminars

Please click here to find the full list of events that will be taking place during the upcoming term. 


Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars
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London School of Economics

Urban Memoryscapes Workshop Series
Tuesday 16 June 2015, 10.00-15.00
Venue: Room 9.04, Research Centre Meeting Suite, 9th Floor of Tower 2, St Clements Inn, London, WC2A 2AZ

This workshop will focus on the presence and absence of the past in urban landscapes, and the ways in which these pasts are made visible in the present. Cities are simultaneously spaces of continual flux and re-writing, and spaces laden with memory and its traces. Processes of displacement and the erasure of memory play out in multiple ways: via forced removal, traumatic displacement, natural disasters, as well as bureaucratic processes of planning, eviction, demolition and re-making. How and to what purpose might traces of these pasts be made visible in the contemporary landscape, and how do people claim memory and ownership over remembered landscapes and places? How can we understand the tensions between the future-orientated city as a space of change and growth, and the city as a space characterised by subsumed and sedimented layers of memory?

Click here for more information and a list of speakers 

Invitation to Launch of Double Vision: An LSE Cities Photographic Exhibition

Launch of Double Vision: landscapes of memory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Monday 8 June at 7pm
William Goodenough House, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AJ

You are invited to attend the launch event of the exhibition Double Vision at William Goodenough House, Goodenough College on Monday 8 June. Double Vision is a photographic reflection on the resilience of memory in the face of swift and brutal changes to urban and social landscapes, as well as a deeply personal autobiographical narrative linked to urban space in a South African post-apartheid city. The exhibition is curated by Naomi Roux as part of her role as Mellon Research Fellow in Cities and Humanities at LSE Cities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with photographs by Yusuf Agherdien and Ron Belling.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Please RSVP to Emma Rees on

The Exhibition runs from Monday 8 June – Wednesday 10 June from 11am – 6pm. Two public walkabouts and Q+A sessions will take place on Thursday 11 June from 11.00am -12.30pm (booking here essential) and from 3.00 – 4.30pm (booking here essential).

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the website.

King's College London
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Birkbeck College
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Royal African Society Events

Insurgent Margins
Wednesday 27 May 6:30-8:30PM
Brunei Suite, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


In recent years, violent insurgency has gripped the margins of Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Militant Islamist groups have attacked civilian populations, state security personnel and political-administrative officials, spreading insecurity across large areas and exploiting the mistrust between societies at the margins and central authorities. With violence spiking in both Kenya and Nigeria in 2014 and 2015, the national governments have struggled to respond to a political crisis rooted in sociological transformation, with military operations pushing militants out of strategic centres and towns, but failing to address the roots of spreading insurgency.

Just two days before the presidential transition takes place in Nigeria and following the upswing of violence in Mali that is undermining the already fragile peace process, this timely debate will bring together an expert panel to examine the drivers of insurgent violence in Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. In particular, it considers the relationship of violence to the state and its exercise of power, and how violence interacts with other forms of conflict in each country.

For more information, please visit the website

RSVP via Eventbrite

Africa Writes
Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July 2015
Venue: The British Library

Africa Writes, the Royal African Society's annual literature and book festival, returns for its fourth year running this summer. 

Africa Writes showcases established and emerging literary talent from Africa and the Diaspora. This year's festival will once again present a unique opportunity for you to engage with your favourite African writers and books, and to discover new ones through our exciting programme. 

This year's festival highlights include 'Meditations on Greatness: Ben Okri in Conversation' in which the Booker prize-winning author will discuss his vast selection of literary work. 

For more information please visit the Africa Writes website

Africa's New Oil: Power, Pipelines, & Future Fortunes
Monday 8 June 2015, 6:30-8:30PM
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London


In recent years, technological advances, higher commodity prices and an insatiable global thirst for energy have meant that African oil is increasingly in demand. Countries as far apart as Niger, Uganda, Chad, Ghana and Kenya are looking at the prospect of almost unimaginable flows of money into their national budgets.

But the story of African oil has usually been associated with conflict, corruption and disaster, with older producers such as Nigeria, Angola and Cameroon having little to show for the many billions of dollars they’ve earned. In this eye-opening book, former BBC correspondent Celeste Hicks questions the inevitability of the so-called ‘resource curse’, revealing what the discovery of oil means for ordinary Africans, and how China’s involvement threatens a profound change in Africa’s relationship with the West.

Join us as the author and a panel of experts explore oil production on the continent, an issue that will likely transform the fortunes of a number of African countries – for better or for worse.


For more information, please visit the website
RSVP via Eventbrite
Business Council for Africa

Upcoming Conferences: 

 3rd June 2015: The challenges of investing in African SMEs are fast disappearing?
Click here for further details.

Art, Music & Film
Documentary Screening:
The Supreme Price + Director Q & A  
"The Supreme Price is a deeply profound and beautiful experience, and an integral film to watch." – Indiewire
Winner: Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
Winner: Best Documentary at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Don’t miss DocHouse’s screening of THE SUPREME PRICE + Q&A at the BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN at Curzon Bloomsbury on Thursday 28th May:

The struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria and the evolution of the pro-democracy movement come together in the story of Hafsat Abiola and her parents. In this epic film Hafsat recounts Nigeria’s bloody recent history.
Find out more:


New Exhibition Installation: Europe Supported by Africa & the America
by Sokari Douglas Camp CBE

Europe Supported by Africa and America is new work created especially for Art15 inspired by the work of William Blake. It’s composition with three female figures touching hands and supporting each other bore significance for Sokari. The central figure holds a long wreath which encourages the viewer to move around the drawing, noticing how the figures touch. The work also poses the question ‘Is Europe still at the centre of world politics?’ Sokari interprets this by representing three figures dressed in contemporary clothing remnant of high fashion currently in Nigeria. The wreath in Blake’s drawing is significantly replaced by a fuel hose.

Click here for more information
The Nne Agwu Afrakan Storytelling Festival 2015

Shanti-Chi present this fabulous and unique Nne Agwu (Mother of all Wisdom) Afrakan Storytelling Festival, a weekend camping retreat in the Ancient woodland of Epping Forest summer 2015. Storytelling at its finest! This festival is set up to promote, preserve and celebration the oral tradition of storytelling by creating a vibrant storytelling village on the landscape of Britain. 
First class global storytellers, Sandra Agard, Angie Amra, Usifu Jalloh, Amantha Edmead, Eli Anderson, Ashanti-Michell and Griot Chinyere, are gathering this summer to captivate your imagination and conjure magic using the power of the oral tradition. You can also sign up to a workshop with one of the best and begin your journey on the storytellers' path. Embrace this experience!

Dates: Friday 31 July - | Sunday 2 August,  2015
Locations: Debden Campsite Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ 

Click here for more information
The Africa Centre & Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery presents 
53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC

The Africa Centre & the Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery- located near the Tate Modern, are pleased to invite you to the exhibition "53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC"  at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery.

The exhibition will showcase works from the 1970s' by DRC artist Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, as well as others such as T. Kalema, C. Mutombo, B. Ilunga, Ndaie.

The public exhibition will begin from the 27th of May, 3pm until the 30th of June. 

Email to RSVP 
Prints in Counterpoint: An exhibition by Atta Kwami

13 November 2014 - 31 May 2015
World Museum Liverpool
A vibrant and colourful display of sixteen lino prints by theGhanaian artist Atta Kwami. Kwami is an artist, scholar and curator based in Ghana and the UK.
Find out more

View the full brochure here

The Centre of African Studies is running two courses for the 2015 SOAS Summer School:

Understanding Africa: Past and Present

This introductory course will provide the participants with an overall understanding of the African continent. With a diverse range of sessions ranging from History and Politics to Languages and Music, the course will give an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study of this vast and diverse continent.
Find out more

Migration and Diaspora
This introductory course will provide the participants with overall understanding of the transnational nature of the modern world as it relates to migration and migrants, and related issues in the field of anthropology, politics, cultural studies, development and globalisation. The programme of study employs a multidisciplinary approach, with both teaching from academics and workshops delivered by diaspora professionals. 

Find out more

Applications are open to all, and the courses are suited to professionals who want to gain more knowledge of the region and for students interested in studying at SOAS, or who are interested in visiting Africa in the future. 

Swahili Summer Courses organized by Edinburgh University
In a new initiative, the following summer courses will be made available at the University of Edinburgh and Tanzania. Please click the links for course descriptions and fees.
Swahili A course in Edinburgh (Course Organiser: Dr. Thomas Molony)
Dates: 29.06.2015 – 24.07.2015
Swahili B course in Tanzania, Butiama (Course Organiser: Dr. Thomas Molony)
Date: 27.07.2015 – 21.08.2015
Swahili A Beginners course in Tanzania, Butiama (Course Organiser: Dr. Thomas Molony)
Date: 27.07.2015 – 21.08.2015


New Book: Journalism, Audiences, and Diaspora by Dr Ola Ogunyemi 

Dr Ola Ogunyemi, the convener of the Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG) at the University of Lincoln, has edited a book titled ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’. The book, written by leading scholars on diaspora journalism, is one of the few scholarly texts on the journalistic practices of the diasporic media around the world. The 15 chapters explore how diasporic communities engage with local, national and global processes (social, cultural and governmental) and how diasporic news reflects those linkages. It will be launched at the forthcoming MDRG International Symposium in October, 2015. Please click here for more information about the book. 


New Book: Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia
by Arkebe Oqubay

Made in Africa presents the findings of original field research into the design, practice, and varied outcomes of industrial policy in the cement, leather and leather products, and floriculture sectors in Ethiopia. It explores how and why the outcomes of industrial policy are shaped by particular factors in these industries. It also examines industrial structures and associated global value chains to demonstrate the challenges faced by African firms in international markets. The findings are discussed against the backdrop of 'industrial policy', which has recently found renewed favour among economists and international organizations, and of the history of thought about and practice in industrialization. The book seeks to learn from the failures and successes in the three sectors, all of them functioning under the umbrella of a single industrial strategy. It argues that an effective industrial policy requires a more interventionist state than most development economists would accept, including those recently claiming to champion a 'new industrial policy'. Moreover, it argues that success lies in the interactions among policy, specific industrial structures, and institutions. Specifically, a successful policy, he posits should maximize linkage effects, but will founder in the absence of a clear understanding of the political economy of each sector.

Preview in Google Books
Pre-Order from Oxford University Press 
Update: The Ivan Karp Archive

The online archive of Ivan Karp’s published papers has moved and gotten a new look! Emory University launched the popular online archive in 2012 in order to keep Karp’s (1943–2011) work widely available. Karp was a social anthropologist and a leading scholar of social theory, museum and heritage studies, and African studies. He began his long-term research with Iteso communities in western Kenya in 1969. Karp wrote extensively about power, personhood and agency, about African societies and systems of thought, and he published groundbreaking work about museums and exhibitions.
          The updated Ivan Karp Archive includes new photos and links and a new homepage design. The archive organizes Karp’s papers thematically, with sections devoted to Social Theory and African Systems of Thought. The archive also includes complete lists of Karp’s books and of the works published in the two book series for which he served as editor: the African Systems of Thought series at Indiana University Press and the Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry at Smithsonian Institution Press. The archive can be found online at
Conferences in the UK & Abroad
Call for Papers: Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution
Conference date: Friday 16 October, 2015
Abstract due date: 19 June, 2015

This international symposium aims to examine the dynamics of journalistic practices and diasporic experiences in fostering conflict resolution. Hence, we welcome papers on the theme of the conference including, but not limited to, the diasporic media organisation dimension of conflict resolution; the professional values dimension of conflict resolution; and the diaspora audience dimension of conflict resolution. We plan to develop the conference theme into an edited book.

Please read the flyer for further information

To present a paper or contribute to the planned book, please email your 200 word abstract indicating your preference to Dr Ola Ogunyemi, by 19 June, 2015. 

Religion, Education and Economy in Zimbabwe and the Diasporas
Saturday 20 June 2015 | The Britain Zimbabwe Society´s Annual Research Day
St. Antony´s College, Nissan Theatre, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF

Please click here to view a draft of the conference programme. RSVP required. 

Dedicated to Professor Terence Ranger, who founded the Research Day Organised in collaboration with the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS), the Rhodes Chair's. Fund and the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. 
Material Mattres: Making and marking power in the Sudans
Hartfield College, Durham University
27-28 May 2015

This workshop aims to bring together scholars on eastern and north-eastern Africa to discuss new research into visual and material cultures in Sudan and South Sudan. With grand designs for a national museum and archive in South Sudan, and worldwide collections of Sudanese objects coming under greater scrutiny, many researchers are now interrogating modern and mobile objects of art and artifice, including photographs, polling cards, clothes and electronics. 

This workshop will put these strands of thought on Sudan in the broader intellectual context, inviting a cross-section of academics and practitioners working in diverse periods and disciplines, and aiming to encourage new approaches to ideas of power and control. 

Students, postgraduate researchers and academics from all disciplines are welcome to join. The two day conference will include a tour of a designated special collection the Sudan Archives at Durham University, and a reception at the Oriental Museum. Student travel bursaries may be available on application, although we would be grateful if attendees would apply to their own institutions in the first instance. 

Click here for more details and a list of speakers
Click here to view the conference programme 
Africa Day 2015
"Women Empowerment and Development Through Cultural Learning"
Funding Opportunities & Prizes
Africa Thesis Award 2015
Deadline: 12 July

Are you interested in Sub-Saharan Africa and is your Masters thesis on a related subject? If so, the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands, is offering you the chance to win € 500. What's more, the winning thesis will be published in the ASC's African Studies Collection.
The award aims to encourage student research and writing on Sub-Saharan Africa and to promote the study of African cultures and societies. It is presented annually to a student whose Masters thesis has been completed on the basis of research conducted on Africa. The full text of all submitted theses will be made available online via the ASC’s library catalogue.

Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands may apply. The thesis must have been examined in the twelve months prior to the deadline of 12 July 2015.
For more information about submission, read the flyer.

The Human Economy Research Programme
6 Doctoral Scholarships Download CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The Human Economy Research Programme
6 Post-doctoral Fellowships – Download CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
  • Junior Residency Fellowships for PhD candidates and advanced scholars, and a Workshop on 'Migration, Mobility and Development in Africa'
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Call for Applications: Haycock Research Grant: Sudan and South Sudan
The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for grants from the Haycock Fund, to support projects of research in Sudan/South Sudan. Applications may be for any sum between £1,000 and £10,000 pounds sterling, and may be made in respect of projects in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Applications may be for a one-off project, or may form part of an established larger programme of research activity.

Find out more


CAS Scholarships & Fellowships at SOAS

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDiA) at SOAS
  • PhD Scholarships
  • MSc Scholarships
    • Deadline: 30 April  2016
  • Residential School in Africa (in London, UK)
    • Deadline: 15 December 2015
Supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation 
For more information contact Angelica Baschiera

Leventis Postdoctoral Fellowship for Nigerian Nationals - devised to assist scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to spend ten weeks as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and participate in the intellectual life at the Centre. The scheme might be particularly appropriate for scholars working up a PhD thesis into publishable form. 
Supported by the Leventis Foundation 
Deadline: 30 March 2016

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships  for MRes Politics with Language, MSc Research for International Development, MA Anthropological Research Methods, MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali
The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS – open to Masters students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for students from African Commonwealth countries applying for: MSc Development Studies, LLM in Law, Development and Governance, MSc Development Economics, MA Social Anthropology of Development, MA Music and Development
The Culture of Resistance Scholarships for Masters students in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, from the following African countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Ferguson Scholarships for African taught Masters students in African Studies, International Studies and Diplomacy & Social Anthropology of Development
Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships for African students from Ghana 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities  - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities) 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Cultural Studies, MA Comparative Literature, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages) 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics, International Studies and Financial & Management Studies, in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy and in the the Centre for Gender Studies)
William Ross Murray Scholarship for an LLM student from a developing country

External scholarships

British Institute in Eastern Africa Graduate Attachment Scheme for recent graduates with an interest in further studies in Africa 
British Council
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959, and over 26,000 individuals have benefited. CSC offers Masters and PhD scholarships as well as Fellowships and distance learning scholarships
  • Mansion House Scholarships for training and work experience in the United Kingdom's financial services industry, open to postgraduate Nigerian students.

Other Universities

University of Sheffield West African Merit Scholarships for students from Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea or Guinea Bissau
University of Bath Steve Huckvale Scholarships for students in Africa – taught masters students from Africa who are intending to study Engineering or Management
Bournemouth University UKEAS Nigeria Scholarship for Nigerian nationals on full-time postgraduate courses

Early Stage Researchers Posts - University of Birmingham, UK

Three positions are available at the University of Birmingham within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN) CHIBOW (Children Born of War  - Past Present Future). The early stage researchers (ESRs) will work with the School of History and Cultures on different aspects of the life courses and experiences of Children Born of War (children fathered by foreign soldiers and born to local mothers) in different 20th century conflicts.

We are seeking enthusiastically motivated candidates with a strong academic record holding a Master degree in a relevant subject, fluency in English and other linguistic skills and subject knowledge as required by the individual research projects.
Given that the positions are funded by the European Commission on a H2020-MSCA-ITN, eligibility restrictions apply. Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree at the time of the appointment. Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date of the fellowship. The position is for three years, subject to a successful probation period.

To apply, please visit the University of Birmingham job search engine:
Job reference: 51477

Deadline: Monday 10th June

Permanent Lectureship at the Centre of African Studies - University of Edinburgh

The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an outstanding researcher and teacher to a permanent academic post in the Centre of African Studies, in the School of Social and Political Science. S/he will be joining a dynamic and interdisciplinary community of some 20 academics and 100 postgraduate students located in the centre, as well as many more around the university.
We are looking for candidates with a commitment to innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching with an African focus. Candidates will have relevant expertise in African studies or in political science, social anthropology, development studies, human geography, history or cultural studies.
The candidate will be based in one of largest clusters of Africanist experts in Europe, in a university ranked in the world’s top 20, and in a city regarded as one of most beautiful and liveable in the UK.
Link to vacancy details and ‘how to apply’ available at:

Permanent Researcher and Teacher -The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an outstanding researcher and teacher to a permanent academic post in the Centre of African Studies, in the School of Social and Political Science. S/he will be joining a dynamic and interdisciplinary community of some 20 academics and 100 postgraduate students located in the centre, as well as many more around the university.

We are looking for candidates with a commitment to innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching with an African focus. Candidates will have relevant expertise in African studies or in political science, social anthropology, development studies, human geography, history or cultural studies.

The candidate will be based in one of largest clusters of Africanist experts in Europe, in a university ranked in the world’s top 20, and in a city regarded as one of most beautiful and liveable in the UK.

Link to vacancy details and ‘how to apply’ available at:

For any question, please do not hesitate to contact me: email:

Volunteer Opportunity in South Africa 

The Sinovuyo Teen Study and Youth Pulse projects are looking for vibrant, energetic people to support our fieldwork team in running exciting research projects in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The posts would be intensive ones, with significant amounts of responsibility, but always working within a team in the Eastern Cape, with lots of support from Universities of Cape Town and Oxford.  The positions will run: between 3 months and 1 year starting from April 2015 to April 2016 for the Volunteer Project and Logisitic Manager roles; 6 months (Youth Pulse) or 3 months (Sinovuyo Teen Study) to 1 year as soon as possible for the volunteer Fieldwork Coordinator roles; 1 year minimum for the experienced Manager role - depending on volunteer and Manager availability.

This is an opportunity to gain valuable fieldwork experience in the international development and research sectors, contribute to the livelihoods of young people in South Africa, and inform youth health policy and funding at the national and international levels.

Internship  available with leading event organisers on the African continent 

AME Trade Ltd is seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic intern who can multitask and work under pressure. This position is for a period of three months with the opportunity to progress into a full time role. Some expenses will be reimbursed. 

For more information about the position please click here 
Further inquiries should be directed to Laura Sitzia at
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