Africa News from the Centre of African Studies, University of London,
June 2014 (Issue 2)
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Welcome to the mid-month newsletter for June 2014 (Issue 2). Please click here to view in your browser and 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 and job opportunities.

CAS Events | News from CAS | SOAS Events | Events & Seminars in the UK

Art, Music & Film | Conferences in the UK & Abroad | Funding & Prizes | Jobs
CAS Events

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

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

Tanzania has seen rapid urbanisation over the last few decades, but the rural population is also growing, putting increasing pressure on land and other resources. What are the emerging trends in migration patterns, and what can we expect for the future?

A presentation by Hugh Wenban-Smith, chaired by Deborah Potts (KCL).
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CAS Supports:

Africa Writes: 
Ama Ata Aidoo: In Conversation

12th July 2014, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, British Library

The Royal African Society's Annual Literature festival is back again this year with acclaimed Ghanaian writer, Ama Ata Aidoo headlining the festival. In conversation with writer, translator and critic Wangui Wa Goro, Aidoo reflects on her expansive literary career and discusses the main themes, which emerge from her works of fiction.

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News from CAS

CAS was very pleased to welcome Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace last week to deliver our annual lecture on the subject of ‘Civil Disobedience and Non-Violent Direct Action’. Kumi also gave an interview for our Governance Conversations series which will soon be available on our website, as will a video recording of the lecture itself.

An interview with Kumi in the Guardian - ‘My Five Lessons in Civil Disobedience’ is available here


Audio versions of our  Governance in Africa Conversations series are now available on Soundcloud. Click here to listen to the interviews, including episodes with Daniel Kauffman, Professor Stephen Chan, Hein Maiais and Simon Kolawole.
Illuminating Objects display at the Courtauld

Researched and prepared by SOAS PhD student Niamh Collard

4 June to 8 October 2014, The Courtauld Gallery, London
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The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos
Exhibition Catalogue now available to buy in the SOAS bookshop and on Amazon

A photography project by Akintunde Akinleye and Marloes Janson
This catalogue includes 40 colour prints of the exhibition photographs, an introduction by Marloes Janson (Lecturer in Anthropology, SOAS) and an afterward by Birgit Meyer (Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University). The exhibition is on in the Brunei Gallery until 21st June.
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SOAS Events
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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Nigeria Research Day
Saturday 21st June, 10.30am - 5.10pm, Room 116, SOAS

UCL and SOAS Departments of Politics and International Studies invites participants to a day-long workshop to showcase and discuss new research on Nigeria holding on June 21, 2014 at University College London. Participants from across the disciplines are welcome. We particularly encourage participation from early-career researchers and graduate students, as well as those engaged on scholarly research projects outside academic institutions.

The day will take the form of a series of short presentations by participants, with feedback from other participants and faculty members, concluding with a discussion of practical issues around enhancing collaboration with scholars and institutional partners in Nigeria.
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International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Pentecostalism and Development
5th & 6th September 2014

The eighth international and interdisciplinary of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be hosted at SOAS, University of London on 5th and 6th September 2014. The conference theme is "Pentecostalism and Development".

Find out more and download full programme
Events and Seminars in the UK

 relationship between photography and Africa-focused research
A graduate-led round table discussion. 

This event provides an opportunity to discuss issues related to the use of photographs and video-recordings in our research. We will also discuss questions of representation, the importance of providing context, and ethical considerations on the use (and abuse) of images of Africa/Africans. All participants are welcome to share their photographs and videos for an open and constructive discussion

Monday 16th June, 5pm, Danford Room, DASA. 2nd floor, Arts Building, University of Birmingham
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Oxford African Studies Seminars

  • TODAY: Lindiwe Mazibuko to speak at a special meeting of the South Africa discussion group. Lindiwe Mazibuko is a former parliamentary leader of South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance.
    Monday 16th June, 5pm, Pavilion Seminar Room, St Antony's College , Oxford
  • Al Jazeera at the Oxford Union: Can France save the world?
    Wednesday, 18 June, 7pm, The Oxford Union, Oxford
    Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan will challenge Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Medecins sans Frontieres and former French Foreign Minister, on France’s military interventionism. Are the country’s motives altruistic or do they respond to a neo-colonialist agenda?
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Reparations for Africa's Diaspora: The Politics of Memory & Justice

Tuesday 17th June 2014, 6pm-8pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Speakers: Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, UCL; Esther Roniyah Stanford-Xosei, Reparationist, Jurisconsult; Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jr, SOAS; Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement & Policy, AFFORD; Richard Stein, Partner, Leigh Day. Chair: Dr Ama Biney, Editor, Pambazuka News

The panel, consisting of key figures from the African Diaspora, reparations campaigners and representatives of CARICOM states will discuss the impact of reparations for Africa and the Diaspora. 
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Anthropology in London Day 2014 

Tuesday 24th June, 9.30am-6pm, UCL
SCOLMA Annual Conference 2014 - 'African Trajectories: Travel and the Archive'

 Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 9.15am - 5.30pm
 The Danford Room, Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham
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Africa in Action: Celebrating Diaspora Contribution to Development

Comic Relief / Common Ground Initiative
Wednesday 18th June, 9am-5.30pm followed by a drinks reception
Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH
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The 4th Ugandan UK Trade and Investment Forum in London

Saturday 13th September 2014, 9am – 7pm, Troxy Arena, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX

Uganda Convention UK’s vision is to harness the tremendous skills, expertise and knowledgebase of the Ugandan Diaspora with a view to promote socio-economic and infrastructural development back in Uganda.

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Art, Music & Film
Ablade Glover

80th Anniversary Exhibition
3 July – 2 August 2014, October Gallery, London

Nigerian painter Ablade Glover will exhibit a selection of works which represent his insatiable passion for movement, activity and colour.

Private View: 2nd July, 6pm-8.30pm
Artists Talk: 5th July
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GAFRA (Gallery of African Art) at London Art Weekend
5th & 6th July 2014, Browns Hotel, London
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Issa Samb: From the Ethics of Acting to the Empire Without Signs

Exhibition: 4 June - 26 July 2014
Preview & performance: 3 June 2014, 6:30pm
Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
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Conferences in the UK & Abroad
South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis
7th November 2014, The South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS)
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Rwanda Under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance
Friday, 30th May 2014, 6.00PM - 7.30PM, The British Institute In Eastern Africa (BIEA), Nairobi, Kenya
Speakers: Jason Mosley , Phil Clark, Yolande Bouka
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CFP: Africa on the Move: Third ASAI Conference
Interdisciplinary Centre for African Studies of the University of Macerata, 17th – 20th September 2014
Deadline: 15th June 2014
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CFP: African Perspectives of Early Childhood Care and Education: Theory, Discourse, Policy and Practice for Children from Birth to Three Years
15 – 26 September, 2014, Dakar, Senegal
Deadline: 30th June 2014
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CFP: Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop
25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol
Deadline: 20th July
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CFP: Documenting Africa: Creating Fact or Fiction through the Lens
8th – 9th November, University of Westminster
Deadline: 31 July, 2014
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Call for submissions: Exploring Diasporas through the Arts
1st November 2014, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Old Fire Station, Oxford
Exploring Diaspora through the Arts, supported by the Oxford Diasporas Programme and hosted by The Old Fire Station, aims to bring together artists, scholars, students and the general public to explore aesthetic manifestations and representations of diasporas, and reflect on what the arts contribute to diaspora studies. It also seeks to provide a platform for established and newly emerging artists to share, showcase, and sell their work. 
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Call for submissions:  Edgar Graham Book Prize
From the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, awarded for a work of original scholarship on development in Asia and Africa.
Deadline: 1st Oct 2014
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Call for applications: APORDE - African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics 
1st – 12th September 2014, Industrial Development Corporation , Johannesburg, South Africa
‘A high-level training programme in development economics which aims to build capacity in
economics and economic policy-making’
Deadline: 4th July 2014
Download the call for applications

Call for applications: Interdisciplinarity and Methodological Challenges in Area Studies – Summer School in Dakar
1st to 6th September, 2014
Deadline: 22 June 2014
Find out more
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Call for applications: Film London Microwave
A micro-budget feature filmmaking scheme which aims to long-list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds
Deadline 30th July 
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Funding Opportunities & Prizes

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDiA) at SOAS
  • PhD Scholarships
  • MSc Scholarships
  • Residential School in Africa (next school to be announced)
Applications now open for academic year 2015/2016 
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Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SOAS
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.
Applications now open for academic year 2015/2016. Next deadline to apply: 31 May 2015
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The Culture of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS
A new set of MSc/MA scholarhips are now available for students from DRC, Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone (as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and Burma) to pursue study at SOAS. 
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The Canon Collins Scholarships st SOAS
There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)
  • Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)
  • Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica
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Postdoctoral Fellowships in ERC Project
‘Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990’
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
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Sir William Luce Fellowship at Durham University
Now being offered for Easter term
Deadline: 29th August
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Senior Lecturer, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town
Deadline: 21st July 2014
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Research Associate in History, Faculty of Arts, The Open University
Based in Milton Keynes, 27.75 hours per week available from 1 September 2014 for 3 years
Deadline: Friday 27th June
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Research Assistant in History, Faculty of Arts, The Open University
Based in Milton Keynes, 18.5 hours per week available from 1 September 2014 for 3 years
Deadline: Friday 27th June
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Opportunity for African Diaspora in UK: Peace One Day - Great Lakes Faith Coordinator
Download the Peace One Day statement of purpose
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Africa Research Institute
Policy Researcher –
Deadline: Sunday 22 June, 2014
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Justice Africa Fundraising Intern
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