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January 2015
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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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In Conversation with Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia Lekow
18 September 2015 | 6 pm - 8 pm | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

SOAS, University of London

*This event is now free to all. For more information please visit the Facebook event page or contact: *

Maia represents a new colour from Kenya's contemporary musical landscape.  With a swathe of support slots for artists such as James Blunt (UK), Habib Koite (Mali), Thandiswe (South Africa), and Mafikizolo (South Africa), Maia has also graced major festival stages across Africa including HIFA (Zimbabwe), Visa For Music (Morocco), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar) and Kigali UP (Rwanda).  Her reputation as a highly-engaging live act has emerged from her shows both with a six-piece band, and as an intimate solo-acoustic performer. Maya will discuss her music career with SOAS Swahili expert Dr Chege Gihtiora as well as performing some of her beautiful acoustic songs.
Chair: Chege Githiora, SOAS


Baraza: Swahili Conference at SOAS
31 October 2015 | 9 am - 10 pm | Room 4429 & the Djam Lecture Theatre
*The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 10 October 2015*

Call for papers: Abstracts are invited for short presentations at this one day conference addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world. The aim of the meeting 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: or **

Free registration will take place on the day of the conference, but a preliminary programme will 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. 

Please visit the website for more info
To attend the conference please RSVP at


Book Talk: "The Politics of African Industrial Policy"
5 October  | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429

part of the Economic Transformation in Africa Working Group
SOAS University of London

Lindsay Whitfield will discuss her new book published by Cambridge University Press. This book engages in the debate on growth versus economic transformation and the importance of industrial policy, presenting a comprehensive framework for explaining the politics of industrial policy. Using comparative research to theorize about the politics of industrial policy in countries in the early stages of capitalist transformation that also experience the pressures of elections due to democratization, this book provides four in-depth African country studies that illustrate the challenges to economic transformation and the politics of implementing industrial policies.
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For more information and to register contact:


Timbuktu Seminar - An Illustrated talk by Alexander Huddleston
 15 October 2015  | 1 pm - 3 pm | Room 116

SOAS, University of London

Timbuktu, at the edge of the vast Sahara Desert, was little known in the West—except as a byword for the remote and exotic—until militant Islamist groups destroyed many of its religious shrines and ancient manuscripts in 2012. The project 333 Saints: A Life of  scholarship in Timbuktu  (333 Saints : l’esprit du savoir à Tombouctou) captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the militants overran the city. The photographs depict a moment in time now almost gone, fading into history. They show a culture of moderate Islam that is under threat—a deeply rooted, ancient Islamic tradition of tolerance, erudition, and faith—and a city that has built its very identity around scholarship and a love of books and learning.

The photographs tell a story of discovery: exploring a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture, that of the ancient manuscript libraries of Timbuktu and the culture of scholarship that created them.

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For more information and to register contact:


The Cinema and its Publics in Africa
19 October | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429
in collaboration with the SOAS Centre for Film Studies

with Dr Litheko Modisane (University of Cape Town)


Dr. Litheko Modisane is a Senior Lecturer (Television Studies) in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. Modisane’s scope of interests includes repertoires of symbolic representations in the contemporary political public sphere in South Africa. He is currently writing a book on Nelson Mandela as a cinematic and televisual subject, particularly with regard to how meanings of liberation are constructed or deconstructed around his portrayals on film. Modisane is the author of South Africa’s Renegade Reels: The Making and Public Lives of Black-Centred Films, (Palgrave Macmillan (New York) 2013). The book focuses on the public lives of iconic black-centred films in South Africa, from the colonial to the post-apartheid eras. Such films, Modisane’s work demonstrates, are catalysts for public reflections on social and political issues germane to anti-apartheid politics and fledgling democracies. Modisane contributes to a wide range of topics within the fields of film and television.

Chair: Dr Carli Coetzee
Discussant: Dr. Lindiwe Dovey

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For more information and to register contact:
This event is sponsored by The Levehulme Trust


Why so much interest in China-Africa Links?
23 October | 7 pm - 9 pm | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
in association with the SOAS China Institute and the Young China Watchers (YCW)

The interest in China's engagement with Africa has grown fast in the past 10 years. This reflects both real trends in trade, investment and labour flows, but also a clash of perceptions about their potential impact on the development prospects of African economies and societies. This seminar will tackle the basis for these different views and how empirically-grounded work often challenges well-established perceptions about China-Africa relations.

Speaker: Dr. Carlos Oya (SOAS)
Moderator: Raffaello Pantucci (RUSI and founder of YCW)

For more information and to register contact:


Africa & Renewable Energy
21 October | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
in association with the Business Council for Africa

The Centre of African Studies will be holding a joint event with the Business Council for Africa to highlight the issues facing the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa is consistently confronted with power shortages; more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity and it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of the electricity demand in sub-Saharan Africa will come from industrial and commercial users by 2040. Consequently, investors are examining renewable energy projects to provide a solution to the energy crisis. Africa's largest privately owned solar power plant is launching this year in Uganda, part of a plan to develop mostly renewable energy electrical power projects in 17 African countries, Reuters reports. The renewable energy sector is fast growing and has the potential to positively impact infrastructure development for the future. 

Speakers: Professor Rosaleen Duffy (SOAS), Bob Chestnut (NIES), Yacob Mulugetta (UCL)
Click here to register and for more information please contact the Business Council for Africa


Sudan & South Sudan Seminar Series
The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, and the Sudan Society of the UK are pleased to announce the Sudan/South Sudan Seminar Series 2015/2016. The series brings together academics and practitioners concerned with contemporary Sudan and South Sudan to deliver an interdisciplinary series of seminars. We shall discuss a range of legal, economic, political and cultural issues and seek insight into current and future developments in the Sudans.

All seminars will be in room 4429 from 5:15 pm - 7 pm

16 November 2015 - Arms and the Men: Who sells weapons, who uses them, who is killed by them

Arms now flow unchecked around both Sudan and South Sudan and they kill thousands of civilians each year in both countries. Conflict has raged in South Sudan for over half a century, both before and after independence from Sudan in 2011, while since the Islamist regime seized power in Khartoum in 1989, it has been at war with its own citizens and has become one of Africa's biggest arms producers, partly thanks to its military pact with Iran. The panel will discuss who is circulating these weapons and why.

Chair: Gill Lusk

Speaker: Mike Lewis (Lead Investigator, Conflict Armament Research)

7 December 2015 - Agricultural Potential in the Sudans: past experience and future outlook
The prospects for Sudan and South Sudan to become major agricultural producers have been deliberated for over a century.  Modern schemes began in the Anglo-Egyptian period.  Most have failed or had limited success.  Experts from the field will discuss the failures and successes of these projects and evaluate the pros and cons of the continued pursuit of modern intensive crop production. Both countries intend to build more dams along the Nile and to attract foreign producers through competitive land lease and tax breaks.  The panellists will highlight the likely social, environmental and economic impacts of these policies.

Chair: Mawan Muortat (SSUK)
Speakers: Mohamed Al Nour Adam (Sudanese Marine Biologist), Maurits Ertsen (Delft University of Technology, NL)

11 January 2016 - Telling the Story Their Way: The Arts & Social Action in the Sudans
Culture in the Sudans has for some time been relegated to the scholarly margins, yet the expressive arts play an important role in inspiring reflection, challenging power, promoting identities and restoring individual and community morale. This panel will feature Ali MAhdi Nouri and John Martin, two prominent practitioners of theatre for social development, whose work with child soldiers and between victims and aggressors in Darfur and South Sudan respectively aims to facilitate social reintegration and to promote peace and reconciliation.

Chairs: Angela Impey (SOAS) and Mariya Hassan (SOAS)
Speakers: Ali Mahdi Nour (Albuggaa Theatre Sudan; Unesco Artist for Peace), John Martin (PanArts, London)

15 February 2016 - The Use of Law as an Instrument of Power in Sudan and South Sudan
Multiple regimes, harking back to colonial times, have used law as an instrument of power in Sudan and this tendency has continued. The present regime in Sudan has from the very outset used decrees and legislation to entrench and broaden the power of the state and its agents. It has also employed the law as a means to pursue its project of building an Islamic state by adopting Shari'a law. Gendered personal status and public order laws are an integral part of this project. This seminar examines the extent to which the regime in Sudan has employed the law since 1989, and the underlying rationale and effectiveness of  initiatives, including with reference to the role of the judiciary and other actors. It considers emerging parallels in South Sudan, such as the broad National Security Services Law adopted in 2015. The seminar will also reflect on resistance to the use of law as an instrument of power in Sudan and South Sudan, and the challenges faced by those advocating legal reforms and greater rights protection.

Chair: Dr Lutz Oette (SOAS)
Discussant: Professor Mashood Baderin (SOAS)

For more information contact


Book Discussion: "Administration and Taxation in Former Portuguese Africa, 1900-1945"
9 November 2015 | 5:15 pm - 7 pm

edited by P J Havik, A Keese, and M Santos | published by Cambridge Scholars
Speaker: Philip J Havik

In recent years, the question of colonial taxation has become a topic in the academic debate on colonial empires and has led to a comparative, long-term focus on its impact in African societies. Given that former Portuguese colonies in Africa have been largely absent from this debate, this book offers new perspectives on taxation and colonial rule, and the first detailed and comprehensive study of fiscal administration. Besides dealing with the economic and financial aspects of empire, the book interprets the social experience of African populations through their interaction with colonial institutions. Based on a thorough and probing qualitative and quantitative analysis of published and unpublished data, it places taxation in a broad social context for the period between the full military control of the territories and the end of WW II. Thus, whilst engaging with ongoing debates on comparative African economic and political history, the book provides a key contribution to research on African social change.
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

Chair: Professor William Clarence-Smith, SOAS
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For more information contact


The English-Everywhere Agenda in Education in a Highly Multilingual Cameroon: towards a recipe for disaster? by Dr Seraphin Kamdem (SOAS)
 23 November 2015 | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429
SOAS University of London

This seminar will discuss the recent developments of the English-everywhere agenda in the school education system and critically present some of the pedagogic and operational challenges faced by this contentious agenda.

Dr Seraphin Kamdem holds a  PhD from SOAS. His doctoral thesis focused on African languages and education, investigating multilingual adult literacy in the rural areas of Cameroon, in Africa. His initial research into adult literacy as a psycholinguistic skill and an educational activity expanded into investigating issues of social status and identities of adult learners, grassroots agency and institutional development, local ownership and community response, all mediated through literacy as an endogenous and community-based enterprise.

For more information and to register contact:


China in Africa Workshop
12 - 13 November 2015 | 9 am- 5 pm | Room T101/T102
in association with the SOAS China Institute
SOAS, University of London

The Centre of African studies and the SOAS China Institute will present  a high level workshop on the broad theme ‘China in Africa’. The two day workshop, by invitation only, will bring together senior scholars from the UK, China, Africa and the US to discuss issues around investments and economic opportunity by Chinese companies in Africa.

The Workshop will be closed by an evening public Keynote lecture, on Wednesday 13 November 2015 given by leading expert on this topic, Dr Deborah Brautigam.

Chair: Carlos Oya, Julia Strauss, & Tim Pringle

For more information and to register contact:

Residential School 2016
Governance for Development in Africa Initiative 
To be held 21 to 25 March 2016

Organised by:
Centre of African Studies, SOAS-University of London
Supported by:
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organising a Residential School
21-25 March 2016 on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.
The residential school is for 20 participants who are policy makers, academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.
Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa.

The official language of the School is English.
All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals, will be covered.  No per diem.
Applications should include:
  1. 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  2. One reference letter (can be emailed directly by referee to
  3. Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2015 

Please refer to the website for more information or contact

Events & Seminars in the UK

Annual Lecture with Mmusi Maimane, Federal Leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA)

Chaired by Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society

Date & Time: 
 Tuesday, 15 September 2015, reception at 6pm followed by lecture at 8pm
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

Mmusi Aloysias Maimane was elected as the Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 10 May 2015, at the Party’s 6th Elective Congress, in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. He is the DA’s first ever black leader and leads the party in Parliament, as the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Maimane is passionate about solving youth unemployment and the skills-shortage among black youth that resulted from the unequal education policies of Apartheid. He strongly believes that the route to reaching South Africa’s potential is through education, and growing the economy to create jobs and decrease dependence and social grants.

At the Royal African Society Annual Lecture, Mmusi Maimane will be discussing the need for African governments to ensure inclusive economic growth for its citizens by protecting the integrity of its democratic institutions and prioritising human rights based foreign policy. 

Space is limited. RSVP here 



"Europe & Africa Post 2015 - Migration, Diasporas and Development: How to Build on Best Practice in Development from the African Diaspora"
22 Tuesday September 2015 | 9.30 to 12.30 PM


The Africa-Europe Development Platform (AEDP), the Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development (FORWARD) and the European Commission Representation in the UK are pleased to invite you to a policy seminar on the topic of 'Europe and Africa Post 2015 – Migration, Diasporas and Development: How to Build on Best Practice in Development from the African diaspora'. 
Through seminars and panel discussions, this event will explore how best practice in development from the African diaspora in Europe can be better integrated into policy and practice at European and national levels. It will also consider ways to improve awareness of diaspora and migrant contributions to development.

The event will take place at the following venue and will be followed with a buffet lunch:
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3EU
Click here for to view the full programme for the event

Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by email to Aleja Taddesse
For more information, please contact Paul Asquith, AEDP Engagement and Capacity Development Manager at:



Support the Black Poppy Rose project

From 1914 to 1918 the Great War took place. Africans from all over the world volunteered to serve their "Mother Countries". This is an important part of African history that must not be forgotten. Support the Black Poppy Rose project by purchasing a rose for £2 as sign of remembrance.

For more information on the project and information regarding upcoming exhibits contact or call 07866430733

Art, Music & Film 

Europe's leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art will return to London for its third edition from the 15th to the 18th of October 2015. A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair's ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. 


1:54 needs your support. 1:54’s guided tours, lectures, film screenings, panel debates and Exhibition Catalogue create a foundation from which the creative careers of young artists, collectors, curators, gallerists and writers can be developed. Collaboration and exchange are fundamental. Such interaction allows connections to be made between different generations of international creative professionals and the general public. This is best facilitated by FORUM, a critical conversation series curated by Koyo Kouoh, where expertise and innovation is shared with the public free of charge.

Please support 1:54's kickstarter campaign as they seek to print their Exhibition Catalogues. This publication offers an unparalleled opportunity to disseminate wider voices and perspectives from the African continent. 

CAS supports 1:54

8 October - 21 November 2015

October Gallery, London, will present an exhibition by Aubrey Williams, introducing works previously unseen. Aubrey Williams' distinctive contribution to 20th century British art as a master of painterly abstraction is increasingly recognized; a contemporary of Alan Davie and Peter Lanyon, Williams’ work invites productive comparison but has yet to receive comparable attention. Williams was an integral part of the explosion of creativity and optimism amongst Caribbean writers, artists and intellectuals in London at the time. This cultural ferment was exemplified in the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM), established in 1966. Williams was a founder member of CAM and participated fully in its activities.


Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters. This area has a unique blend of academic institutions, businesses, cultural organisations and diverse communities. The Festival celebrates the best of Bloomsbury and its pioneering attitude. We’re not just a showcase for the area – we act as a catalyst to bring together artists and academics, scientists and dancers, or musicians and publishers, to make new projects and to inspire and learn from each other. The Festival also delivers community engagement projects which give a voice and new skills to young people, older people and disabled people. Outside of the Festival period, we deliver projects such as the ‘Festival in a Box’ into care homes.

For more about the Bloomsbury Festival, please visit the website.


Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London, 10 July 2015 to 24 January 2016

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 is an important public art and archives exhibition – the first of its kind in the UK. Set in the heart of the City of London within the Guildhall Art Gallery, No Colour Bar combines contemporary fine art and archival artefacts and objects, featuring the works of seminal Black British artists and historically significant Black activists. 
Surrounding the six-month exhibition there is a dynamic public programme of events, the first of which is a critically important Artists' Talk on 13 July at Guildhall Art Gallery. “Framing Black Visual Art” features Eddie Chambers and Errol Lloyd in conversation with Tate curator, Sonia Dyer. Artist, curator and historian, Chambers’ latest book, Black Artists in British Art is a seminal text and award winning writer, artist Lloyd's significant impact in defining the Black arts movement has been an influential on stage, on canvas and in publishing.
Join in to take action and move the debate forward.Don’t miss this event of the season. Email for information about how to book tickets for Framing Black Visual Art
Grand Opening: The Tyburn Gallery

Opening September 2015

As featured on Forbes, the Tyburn Gallery is dedicated to international contemporary art, providing insight into the African contemporary arts scene while engaging with the socio-politics of Africa. The gallery exhibits, represents and champions established artists and younger talents from a global range of evolving art scenes, with Africa as a point of departure.

For more informatoin contact or visit the website 

The Great Walk of Art Challenge - 26 September 2015

The Great WALK of arts is a main fundraising initiative of MASK; MASK trains young people to be creative and innovative to fulfill their potential and escape the poverty trap, and to be sources of change and transformation. Read more about MASK on their website. 

Alla Tkachuk will be participant in aid of MASK's pioneering education work in Kenya. You can sponsor this participant through their fundraising web page.  Alternatively, you are welcome to join other MASK supporters on the day by creating your own fundraising page and asking your friends to donate and sponsor your participation. This year, the Great WALK of art challenge is organised in partnership with the National Gallery

Conferences in the UK & Abroad
Call for papers: Creativity, Culture and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora
African Conference 2016
University of Texas, Austin
March 24-27, 2016

Creativity, culture and identity are inter-related.  Closely allied to the idea of genius, the discourse of creativity has privileged the individual subject whose Promethean determination, originality, and passion bring into being art, innovation, and excellence.  This humanist understanding of creativity still has considerable currency in disciplines such as literature and the arts, psychology, mathematics and the sciences.  Related accounts of creativity and the imagination have emerged in numerous other areas, including business, popular psychology, the social sciences, and engineering and technology.  The discourse of creativity that surfaces within multiple fields reveals that the notion of the individual creator is not simply widespread, but omnipresent; indeed, it is a fundamental ideology of Western culture.  Challenging the individualist and depoliticized ideology of creativity, the conference calls for papers that present alternative accounts of the social and political dimensions of creativity as they relate to invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, desire, pedagogy and social change. The conference aims to reach a multidisciplinary academic audience; artists and grassroots activists; the political, journalistic, and information technology communities, and interested members of the general public.  The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between scholars and dancers, actors and writers, songwriters and singers.

            The conference invites papers on all aspects of creativity, identity and culture from the artistic to the scientific and the humanistic. Various disciplines have addressed this issue focusing on how new practices emerge, how individual creators package ideas, and how their ideas transform the landscape.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 23, 2015. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. Please submit all abstracts to and Toyin Falola:
Job Opportunity for African Studies Graduate:
Research Network Facilitator - London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion at University of the Arts London has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust-funded International Network project entitled 'Design Futures in Sub Saharan Africa', which aims to explore new design typologies emerging from the African continent, their sites of production and the means by which they can be communicated and display with within African and Europe.
We are currently recruiting a Network Facilitator, ideally an African Studies graduate, to provide support to the Principal Investigator and Network partners. The role will mainly involve organising a series of workshops, symposia and conferences in London, Accra, Nairobi and Cape Town, in addition to monitoring the budget and assisting the PI with reports and publications. The role will mainly be based at London College of Fashion, however some aspects of the role may involve working from the Victoria & Albert Museum (one of the Network partners).

This is an interesting opportunity for a graduate to gain experience of working in a research environment in Higher Education. It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward the details on to your network of graduates, or anyone else who may be interested in the role. Further details on the role can be found here and any questions can be directed to me at


Head of Communications - Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa 

AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture through stronger partnerships is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. Our programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment.

We are currently seeking a Head of Communications who will have overall responsibility for positioning AGRA as an impactful and leading organization in African agriculture. For more details on the job specification and qualifications, please click here. 



Internship Opportunity at AME Trade

AME Trade is seeking an intern to start immediately working part of the Oil & Gas Team. Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

1. Inputting and research leads for the industry related material 
2. Maintaining relationship with relevant Associations for Oil and Gas events
3. Working directly with the Oil and Gas Team on an on-going basis on research, content editing and helping to keep track of marketing activities.
4 . Supporting the administration and event management

Travel and lunch expenses will be provided.

Please forward your CV and a brief letter of interest to


Part-time Departmental Lecturer in African Studies

Grade 7:  £30,434 - £37,394 per annum (pro rata)
 Fixed term until July 2016

 The African Studies Centre in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, seeks applications from candidates for a fixed term part-time Departmental Lecturership.  The Lecturership is tenable from 1 October 2015 until July 2016 and the post holder will be required to work 50% of full –time hours.   

The postholder will  teach a number of weekly group classes, deliver lectures and supervise students on the MSc African Studies programme, conduct assessment, act as a point of contact for students, assist with administration and participate in workshops and conferences organised by the African Studies Centre .   
The post is based at the African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:
Contact person: Victoria Hudson
Contact phone: 01865 284991
Contact email:


Translators needed for Vice News

Sango/Sangho Translation for Vice News
We currently require translator with advanced skills to provide English subtitles for video footage shot in the Central African Republic. Job requires use of subtitling software and would have to be done in our office in Shoreditch. If you're interested, please contact .
Tigrinyan/Amharic Translation for Vice News
We currently require translator with advanced skills to provide English subtitles for video footage of people from Eritrea. Job requires use of subtitling software and would have to be done in our office in Shoreditch. If you're
interested, please contact
Fellowships & Funding Opportunities 

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

The Ibrahim Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. The fellows receive mentoring from current leaders on key multilateral institutions.

Application Process:

Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts once the application process opens. The timeline for applications is:

  • Process opens Wednesday, 9 September 2015
  • deadline for submissions – Monday, 9 November 2015
  • notification of successful candidate – Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  • anticipated start date – early May 2016.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • National of an African country
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • master’s degree
  • under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host.
Please visit the Fellowship website for more information and instructions for submitting an application.


The Eisenhower Fellowship

SELECTION: Eisenhower Fellowships seeks a diverse mix of applicants, ages 32-45, from a wide range of professional sectors. EF provides a unique leadership development opportunity for individuals who have a demonstrated track record of significant professional and community achievements and who seek to tackle big challenges in the future.  Competitive candidates articulate goals for the fellowship program and propose steps to achieve them.  EF seeks ascendant leaders who are committed to making the world more peaceful, prosperous and just, and who are committed to a lifelong engagement with EF’s network of 1,400 active leaders around the world.  Click for additional information for applicants. The deadline for application submission is October 15, 2015.


HOW TO APPLY: Candidates from the seven countries listed below should apply directly to Eisenhower Fellowships using the online application

         1. Ghana

         2. Kenya

         3. Nigeria

         4. Rwanda

         5. South Africa

         6. Tanzania

         7. Zimbabwe 



The Department of Historical Studies will award FOUR postdoctoral fellowships in the 2016  academic year (1 January - 31 December), including one offered in collaboration with the Archive and Public Culture research initiative for scholars engaged in researching African histories. Fellows are required to be permanently resident in Cape Town and submit at least two articles for publication in accredited peer-reviewed journals during the postdoctoral fellowship.

Click here for more information 

Deadline: 17 September 2015


Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology: Sudan 

The British Museum and the Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research offer a second Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology. The Fellowship provides (non-salaried) financial support for an eighteen month period of field research and writing, with a specific focus on Sudan.

The Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology is designed to facilitate ethnographic research on peoples whose culture and language are currently threatened. The programme’s primary aim is to contribute to anthropological knowledge through detailed ethnography, and also if possible help the peoples being described in their particular circumstances. The British Museum is hosting the fellowship programme for three years from 2014: this is the second fellowship.

The British Museum currently runs three ongoing archaeological research projects, at  Amara West near Abri;  Kawa near modern Dongola ;  Dangeil near the cities of Berber and Abidiya . The first fellowship is currently held by Dr. Karin Willemse, who is focusing on the Abri area, with the following research questions:

  • How do Nubians living in the Abri area, and those in the diaspora (mainly Khartoum), construct a notion of “the” Nubian community in the sense of an imagined community in the way they talk, reminiscence about the Nubian past, present and future?
  • How do ‘Nubians’ thereby refer to spatial, cultural (material, visual, virtual and moral), and historical aspects of ‘Nubian-ness’ based on one Nubian core-culture?

The second fellowship will be offered to an anthropologist proposing a fieldwork project in these areas of northern Sudan, thus availing of the necessary logistical support, assistance with research permits and access to communities. Preference will be given to projects with a different focus from that of Dr. Willemse.

The Fellowship makes it possible for a budgeted project to be carried out over about 18 months: this period to include both field research and writing-up. Fellows are required to spend part of their fellowship period in the field and part in the Museum, and where they are expected to contribute to its academic life. In the Museum, the fellows will be affiliated to both the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

The Fellowship will provide £30,000 to be spent over 18 months, inclusive of all costs except overheads to be borne by the Museum for time spent in London, but exclusive of salary. The Fellowships, are awarded to post-doctoral applicants by open competition without restriction of nationality or residence. Applicants should send an application comprising project proposal (maximum 4 pages) including research plan and timeline, intended outputs and budget; a CV and two letters of reference. The budget should include all personal and research expenses (within Sudan and the UK), insurance, and costs of equipment necessary for the project.

The Urgent Anthropology Fund is managed through the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Please submit applications to

Closing date is 16 August 2015. Click here for more information

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