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February 2016
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Call for Papers

The annual Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! African Philosophy conference has, since its establishment in 2014, been a steady source of highly original research in the domain of African Philosophy. Asixoxe is an expression in the southern African languages Ndebele and Zulu. It means “let’s talk!” Bearing this title the conference places emphasis on the spoken word, togetherness and friendship as the social basis of our scholarly engagement with African Philosophy. At the same time, through the succession of two click sounds, the word asixoxe iconically represents the way human speech adds a specific rhythm to time and to thought.

We invite papers on the specific focus of this year’s Asixoxe, which is Philosophy and Area Studies; however, we also welcome papers on other topics related to African philosophy. Papers must be submitted by April 31 2016.

We cordially invite you to participate in the event. Please confirm your participation and submit the titles of your papers by 1st April 2016 to SOAS students do not have to submit abstracts of their papers, but participants who are not current students of SOAS are asked to send abstracts of 100-200 words. Each speaker will be given 20 minutes for the presentation, with subsequent 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We envisage a subsequent publication of selected papers from the conference. There is no registration fee for presenters and other participants.

Baraza II: Swahili Conference at SOAS
Saturday 29th October 2016 | 10am-5pm | SOAS - University of London

Abstracts are invited for short presentations at the second Swahili conference at SOAS addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world. The aim of the conference is to foster academic interaction and exchange about new or emerging research, developing ideas and interests for mutual benefit among Swahili scholars and students.
Please email your 250-300 word abstract and title of your presentation
(In English or Swahili) to the conveners:

Dr Chege Githiora or
Dr Ida Hadjivayanis
Free registration will take place on the day of the conference, but a preliminary programme will be made available before the conference. Tea and coffee will be provided.
This conference is organised by the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies.

The deadline for abstracts is 1st September 2016

Call for Papers
7-9 September 2016 in Cambridge, UK
Please send abstracts of maximum 250 words to the convenors of the panels below by 26 March 2016.

Social Value, Political Economy and Mimicry in Congolese Popular Politics
Convenor: Clara Devlieger (Cambridge University)

Customary authority in the Congo: power and conflict in past and present
Convenor: Vicky van Bockhaven and Judith Verweijen (Ghent University) 
Money, Mediators, Mobility and Mobilization: The role of local brokers in the run-up to DR Congo’s elections 
Convenor: Lys Alcayna-Stevens (Cambridge University)

Martyrdom in Contemporary Africa: The Past, Present and Future of Dying for a Cause and its Afterlives 
Convenor: Reuben Loffman, (Queen Mary, University of London) 
Power and Politics in the DR-Congo: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Public Life in Central Africa 
For detailed call for paper, Please click here to download


Call for Papers: WARA and the University of Ibadan Center for International Programs

Multidisciplinary approaches to food security, public health and governance: Emerging research for sustainable development in West Africa
The University of Ibadan, Nigeria
September 5 & 6, 2016

The West African Research Association (WARA) and the University of Ibadan Office of International Programs announce a two-day symposium at the University of Ibadan. The
Symposium will showcase innovative research in food security, public health and governance taking place in the region. It will be an opportunity for scholars, especially WARA grantees, to share research strategies, findings and projects with colleagues at University of Ibadan and other institutions in West Africa. 
The WARA Travel Grant program promotes individual and collaborative research across national and linguistic boundaries. Since 2000, WARA has awarded more than 100 travel grants to West African scholars working in a wide range of disciplines.
We welcome proposals for paper, panel, and poster presentations on themes of food security, public health, and governance. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words and be accompanied with a CV. We especially encourage former WARA/WARC Travel Grantees to participate. The deadline for receipt of proposals is March 31, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered. All proposals must be submitted online

Africa Since Independence: Promise, Pugnacity, and Failure in the Post-Colonial Contexts
The Global-Africa Development Network
An International Conference in Honour of Prof. Akanmu G. Adebayo
3-5 August 2016, Ibadan, Nigeria

Call for Papers

The Global-Africa Development Network welcomes panel, paper, and poster presentations that will contribute to a better understanding of the African experience since independence.  This international conference in Honour of Prof. Akanmu G. Adebayo, a foremost scholar of African history and Conflict Studies, whose works have over the years reflected the increasingly important need to understand the African experience in its interlocking dimensions, provides a forum for discussion and networking for leading and younger scholars, researchers, development experts, professionals, policy makers, postgraduate students, and others interested in the past, present and future of  Africa.

For themes and sub-themes of interest for submission, please click here to download the call for papers

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday 31st March 2016.
The Rest of the World
Call for Submissions: The African Literary Hustle, New Orleans Review

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.

New Orleans Review, a journal of contemporary literature and culture, is a publication of the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans.

For more information, visit the New Orleans Review website.

59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies
December 1-3, 2016 Washington Marriott Wardman Park


Program Chairs:
Benjamin Lawrance, Rochester Institute of Technology
Bill Moseley, Macalester College

The African Studies Association invites scholars, performers, artists, activists, and practitioners to Washington DC, from December 1 - 3, 2016, with the aims of imagining Africa at the center of analysis and celebrating Africans as leaders in social, cultural, political, economic trends. By mixing and combining traditional disciplinary models with emerging concepts, metaphors and concerns, we hope to provoke innovative conversations and collaborations at the nexus of practice, policy, representation, and scholarship.

Deadline to receive proposals is 15 March 2016

for more details and how to apply please visit the
African Studies Association website

Funding Opportunities 

The 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 scholarship here.

Deadline to apply: 30 April 2016

For further information contact

Leventis Fellowship

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.

Sabbatical at the Centre of African Studies, University of London:

The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre. The scheme might be particularly appropriate for scholars working up a PhD thesis into publishable form.
Find more information on how to apply  here.
Deadline to apply: 31 March 2016

For further information contact


Canon Collins Trust offers scholarships to support taught masters degree programmes at certain UK universities for African Students from Sub Sahara region.
Canon Collins Trust partner with the following Universities:
School of Oriental and African Studies (2 positions)
University of Sussex (3 positions)
Queen Mary, University of London (1 position)
University of Edinburgh, MSc in African Studies (1 position)

All these scholarships cover full tuition fees, a monthly stipend, a return economy flight, a settling-in allowance and other support whilst in the UK.

Click here to apply for the Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK. Deadline at 23:59 BST Sunday 20 March

Mara Foundation 
 Mara Mentor - 'how to' video  Initiative

Register today as a mentor or mentee for the Mara Foundation Mentor programme. Mara Mentor is a Mara Foundations free online mentoring platform that connects ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders globally and can be accessed via a web based platform and a mobile application that’s available on iOS and Android.

Mara Mentor enables ambitious and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect with peers and business leaders globally. Enabling to empower entrepreneurs through the provision and access of a breadth of resources consisting of: discussion and debate forums, resources, industry news & updates and furthermore an open access feature for ‘mentees to connect to renowned world class mentors’.

Mara Mentor provides a seamless service and is a modern and dynamic platform, through which entrepreneurs gain: encouragement, support, guidance and most significantly - vital feedback required for the progression of business ideas and plans. Mara Mentor Enables, Empowers and Inspires current and future generations through the continuation and offset of a growing SME sector as a result of the impact expected.

Mara Mentor encourages idea and knowledge sharing amongst the most promising young and women entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara Mentor has been created to empower not just Africa’s youth and women in their business endeavours, but youth and women globally: in recognition that they are the driving force behind global development and growth through innovation. 

Please visit the following link for more

In 2012, the University of California, Berkeley became a partner in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a $500 million education initiative that will provide 15,000 talented, yet economically disadvantaged students from developing countries – particularly in Africa – with comprehensive support for secondary and university education. At UC Berkeley, this program will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling – to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. The scholars will pursue both undergraduate and professional master's degrees.
For more information and how to apply pleaser follow this link. How to Apply.


African Critical Inquiry Programme
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
The ACIP is offering two opportunities for scholars and institutions based in South Africa:
- Call for proposal to organize a workshop concerning public culture and public scholarship, to take place in 2017.
- Call for applications for Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for PhD students enrolled at South-African universities.
The deadline for ACIP grants is May 2, 2016.
Volkswagen Foundation
Call for Pre-Proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowships on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change from the Volkswagen Foundation, part of their “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” initiative:
The deadline for Volkswagen Foundation pre-proposals is April 6, 2016
As ACLS does not administer these grants, please contact the Volkswagen Foundation and the African Critical Inquire Programme directly with any inquiries.
Kind regards,
AHP Staff @ ACLS


Call for Applications: 2016 Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing

Deadline: 30th April 2016 The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the twenty-seveFnth session of its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing. The grants serve as part of the Council’s contribution to the development of the social sciences in Africa, and the continuous renewal and...

Call for Applications: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women

Introduction The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Kenya in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. The ALC is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2016/2017. This Fellowship is an intellectual and financial award to those...

Deadline for application is Friday 18 March 2016. Click here to download the call for application

CODESRIA Symposium on Gender: Call for Applications - Session 2016

Deadline for application: 25 March 2016

Topic: Women’s Struggles Today

Date: 9th -10th May, 2016
Venue: Cairo, Egypt

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) announces the organization of the CODESRIA Gender symposium on 9 - 10 May in Cairo, Egypt. This year, the topic of the annual forum will be “Women’s Struggles Today”.

Applications for the candidates should include:
1. An application letter; 2. A curriculum vitae; 3. Two (2) published papers; 4. A proposal of not more than ten (10) pages in length; 5. A copy of the passport.

The Symposium will provide an opportunity for African scholars to present their research on the selected theme and also to exchange views with their peers and contribute in the development of an African perspective. All interested researchers are invited to send their contributions no later than 25 March 2016 to the address below:

For specific questions, please contact:

Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV
BP 3304, CP 18524, Dakar, Senegal
Tel.: (221) 33 825 98 22/23

For more opportunities, please visit CODESRIA website by clicking here.

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