Africa News from the Centre of African Studies, University of London,
November 2014, Issue 2
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Welcome to the newsletter for November 2014 (Issue 2). 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.

 News from CAS | CAS Events | SOAS Events Events & Seminars in the UK Art, Music & Film

Conferences in the UK & Abroad Funding & Prizes 
Jobs | Journals and Book Series
News from CAS
The Centre of African Studies has been encouraged by the high level of interest in our upcoming conference, part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. This interest has been accelerated by discussions about representation and Africa that have been all over the media this week. Please register your attendance early via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment

As well as people who already have an interest, we also hope to welcome those who have only recently begun to think about this issue to this conference, so please forward the details on to your wider network.

Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?
Friday 20th February 2015, 9am-5pm, BGLT, SOAS

A diverse selection of high-profile speakers drawn from academia and the media industry will address questions of representation, narrative and institutional funding with regards to Africa in the media.

This one-day conference aims to take the debate forward beyond the ‘Africa Rising’ vs the ‘desperate continent’ discussion and look at current and future trajectories in commissioning, producing and reporting both outside and within the continent. Bringing together those working in the areas of documentary, news reporting, television drama and fictional film, this event promises to develop angles for debate and provide a range of views from those working in front of and behind the camera.

Conference to be followed by a networking reception. Further programme details to be announced in December.

Confirmed speakers include: Gus Casely-Hayford and Henry Bonsu (co-convenors), Salim Amin (A24 Media), Charles Aniagolu (Arise TV) Zeinab Badawi (BBC), Sylvie Bradwell (PCAP), Lukwesa Burak (Sky),  Eric Chinje (African Media Initiative), Mick Csáky (Antelope/former BBC), Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS), Grace Kiire (Africa Practice), Savahna Nightingale (IHS,) Richard Rathbone (SOAS), Keith Shiri (Film festival curator), Afua Hirsch (Sky News), and Solomon Mugera (BBC), Magnus Taylor (African Arguments), Oneykachi Wambu (AFFORD-UK).

Register via Eventbrite

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Our colleague Carlos Chirinos from 
Soas Radio London has worked in the production of this song to raise awareness about Ebola, featuring Tiken Jah Fakoly Salif Keita Amadou & Mariam Oumou Sangare Mokobe, Didier Awadi and other artists 

Watch the video
Read the Guardian article
CAS Events

Monday 24th November, 5.15pm, 4429, SOAS
Sam Hopkins is a site-specific and media artist with acclaimed critical, public projects in Nairobi, Kenya such as Slum-TV. In this presentation and discussion with Annie Coombes, he shares his current research project 'The Memory of the Crowd', which looks at the role of collective memory in the making of plural national narratives.
Find out more

The African Roots of the New World Banjo with Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta

Monday 1st December, 5.15pm, Room 116
with Dr Toby Green (Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, KCL). In partnership with The Institute of Historical Research.

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AfNet Seminar

Thursday, 4th December at 5.30pm in room G07, Pearson Building, UCL.

These seminars are an opportunity for PhD students, at all stages of their journey, to present their work to a friendly, supportive audience comprised of fellow PhD students.The seminar will last 2 hours and we are looking for 3 PhD students who would be interested in giving a 15 minutes presentation, which will be followed by 25 minutes discussion. Please send an email to, if you are interested, with a brief abstract of your study.
Find out more
SOAS Events
Politics Department Seminar: The Tortuga Disease: The Perverse Distributional Effects of Illicit Foreign Capital in Somalia
Dr. Ryan Jablonski (LSE)
19 Nov Wednesday 3-5pm, 4426

Mali’s greatest singer:  Kassé Mady Diabaté introducing his new album, Kiriké &‘Valuing Tradition’, a new SOAS research project about publishing and song ownership in Malian music

Monday 24th November 2014 from 6pm, JCR & KLT
6.00-7.00pm the Kiriké album will be played in the JCR, 7.00-8.30pm at the Khalili Lecture Theatre

Featuring live music from Kassé Mady, with speakers Dr Lucy Duran and Joe Boyd, chaired by Caspar Melville. A rare chance to hear the legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté sing in an intimate acoustic setting and talk about his new album Kiriké (No Format!). Following his appearance the night before at The Purcell Room as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Mali’s greatest singer will appear in person for the first time at SOAS, University of London.

Record producer and writer Joe Boyd will speak about his role as Kassé Mady’s publisher and will introduce ‘Valuing Tradition’, a research project led by his publishing company Carthage Music in collaboration with SOAS. 

Entry is free but seating is limited, RSVP via Eventbrite

Sudan Trilogy and Arthur Howes’ legacy revisited
Free screenings, panels and dialogues hosted by The Royal Anthropological Institute
Arthur Howes was an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films were mostly made on tight budgets but were screened on Channel 4, at international festivals, and are taught widely on film courses.  This event will celebrate Arthur Howes’ life and work and engage friends, family, and scholars in a discussion about his legacy and the future uses of his archive holdings.
Saturday 29 November 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Find out more 

African History Seminar series
5pm-6.30pm all in G52, SOAS
  • 26th November 214, Christian Pedersen (University of Copenhagen), ‘Africa, decolonization and the fate of “Britishness”’
  • 10th December 2014, John Parker (SOAS, University of London), ‘Death and the ends of life in Ghanaian history’
Find out more
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:

Eritrea & Rwanda: Post-liberation trajectories in comparative perspective
1-2 December 2014 Pavilion Room St Antony's College Oxford University 
Download the programme
To register your interest, please RSVP by November 24. Your email should briefly explain your interests:  Download further information

Cambridge Centre of African Studies Seminars
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Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars
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London School of Economics

From Transformational Leadership to Mafia State? Observations from South Africa's Two Decades of Democracy
Tuesday 25 November  2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Thai Theatre, NAB (LG 03)

Widely considered to be Africa’s oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC) played a historic role in ending apartheid in South Africa and has been the country’s ruling political party since 1994. More recently, however, the ANC's legacy has been tarnished by allegations of corruption and inefficiency. Dr Mzukisi Qobo will discuss his view that political governance in South Africa has collapsed, and explore the possibilities of the country’s political future.
Speaker: Dr Mzukisi Qobo
Chair: Professor Chris Alden

Find out more 

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King's College London
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Birkbeck College
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Africa Talks - Autumn Term Programme

'Getting Rich in Rural Hausaland'
Wednesday 19th November, 4.30pm, Danford room

Professor Clough will discuss aspects of his recently published book 'Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa: Indigenous Accumulation in Hausaland' (Berghan 2014). His lecture will raise issues related to the theme of this year's Cadbury Conference and generally relevant to research in economic anthropology and comparative theories of wealth and value.
Speaker: Professor Paul Clough (Malta)

Download the full 'Africa Talks' programme here
Find out more
Institute of Historical Research
Christian Missions in Global History Seminars

All at 5.30pm, Room 208, second floor, Senate House, London
  • 19th November : 'Nazareth in World War I, through the eyes of British Protestant missionaries'
    William Clarence-Smith (SOAS)
  • 3rd December: Missionary Millennialism and British Antislavery, 1790-1840
    Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester) Joint Seminar with Modern Religious History, NB. This seminar will be held in Room 104, IHR

Royal African Society Events

Combating Ebola: has the media helped or hindered?
The Africa APPG: Monday 8th December, 6.00pm – 7.30pm, House of Commons

Panellists: Solomon Mugera – Editor, BBC Africa; Dr Titolo Banjoko – Royal Africa Society & NHS International; Dr Michael Edelstein - Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House; Tulip Mazumdar – Global Health Correspondent, BBC News. Chair Lord Chidgey – Chair, Africa APPG

Find out more 

Recent Constitutional Change in the ‘Arab’ World’: The Emergence of Conflicting Conceptions of Good Governance
 Thursday 27th November 2014, 17.00
Room 2.3 – Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road, London
Find out more and register 

Rule of Law: The Experience of Rwanda 20 years after the Genocide
Africa Justice Foundation, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00
A panel of distinguished speakers will reflect on the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals, and how the rule of law assisted Rwanda's recovery post-genocide. There will be a review of AJF’s recent mediation training in Rwanda, AJF’s work in advocating for the Rule of Law and discussion of the government’s views on how it assists developing countries to grow their economies.
Find out more and register 

Martin Luther King’s Dream: How Can We End Racism Today?
St Paul’s Cathedral, Thursday 4 December 2014, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Martin Luther King preached at St Paul’s 50 years ago this December on his way to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. This event will challenge us to fulfil his dream of an equal society, one free from discrimination, intolerance, prejudice and extremism.
Speakers:  Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE; Dr Heidi Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths College; Hugh Muir, The Guardian
Register for tickets 

Justice in Sudan and South Sudan
Durham University, UK, 15-16 December 2014

The conference, organised by Durham University’s Department of History, School of Law, Grey College, and the research group Islam, Law and Modernity, brings together interdisciplinary research from anthropology to international security, with panels on citizenship and civil rights, policing and state administration, land rights, international intervention and development issues, and transitional and constitutional justice.

The programme hopes to encourage new conversations and innovative research on justice in Sudan and South Sudan, in collaboration with regional scholars, practitioners and institutions. Representation from regional organisations and international specialists is warmly welcomed.

Find out more and register now 
Art, Music & Film
Film: Touba

With unprecedented access, Touba reveals a different face of Islam, one which is so essential to these divisive times. The film chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. One of the rare films still shot on celluloid film, its breath-takingly vivid cinematography and integrated soundtrack elevates it to the level of a humanist film poem.

London Screenings:
Hackney Picturehouse, 23 November at 1.30pm
Ritzy, 23 November at 4.00pm

Find out more

Film & Director Q&As: Concerning Violence

November 22, 23 & 24 - Hackney - Brixton - Soho
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape, Concerning Violence is one of this year's most talked-about documentaries. Narrated by Ms Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence is both an archive-driven documentary covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, as well as an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the violence and reactions against it. Be among the first to see the film in the UK at special preview screenings at Hackney Picturehouse, The Ritzy Brixton and Curzon Soho. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the director Göran Hugo Olsson. 
Find out more

TIWANI Gallery

Mirrors & Echoes: Mary Evans and Emeka Ogboh
14 November – 20 December 2014
Private View: Thursday 13 November, 6:30 – 8:30pm. RSVP to

Tiwani Contemporary is pleased to present Mirrors & Echoes, a collaboration between Mary Evans and Emeka Ogboh. Focussing on the interface between sound and image, Mirrors & Echoes is an immersive installation and a portrait of Lagos, the ever-changing Nigerian megacity.

Nike Davies-Okundaye : A Retrospective

9th October - 22nd November 2014,  Gallery of African Art, 9 Cork Street, London W1S 3LL
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Exhibition: Interwoven Histories

30th October – 29th November 2014, October Gallery, London

An exhibition of compelling mixed-media works by artists Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Nnenna Okore and Romuald Hazoumè, this exhibition will also introduce works by artist Adejoke Tugbiyele. 
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Writing from the Diaspora with Africa39 

Monday 1st December 2014, 6.30pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA, £4

How are voices from the diaspora changing the landscape of African literature?
On December 1st, English PEN invites three leading writers from West and East Africa: Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia), Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria) and Tope Folarin (Nigeria) to discuss their writing and what it means to be a diaspora writer with Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39.

Find out more 

The Cambridge African Film Festival

Read about the Festival Highlights here

Tangle Café – Celebration and 5 Year Anniversary

Friday, 28th November, 7pm at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects Africa, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, Hackney, London, E8 4QL.

Premiere of ‘Water Bread and Salt’ - a new poetic adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s writings performed in township theatre style with music arranged by Allyson Devenish. Plus, the industry launch of our new project, The Mandela Project, and the unveiling of a new commission by visual artist Nick Taylor.
Find out more 
Call for Contributors: Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture 21st edition

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London are collaborating on an exciting project to bring Sir Banister Fletcher’s renowned book, A History of Architecture, into the 21st century.

We are currently seeking experts in the field of architectural history to author a number of chapters in the new edition, listed below. The deadline for first drafts is Spring/Summer 2015 and scholars are invited to express an interest in contributing to the new edition. Co-authoring is welcome and expressions of interest in parts of chapters will also be considered.
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Money Judgments: Twelfth Cadbury Fellowship Scheme and Workshop

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham invites applications for the 2015 Cadbury Fellowship Scheme, which will focus on research on money.  Leading this year’s workshop will be our Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Jane Guyer, whose seminal research on money and value in Africa is the inspiration for our theme.

Three visiting fellows from Africa will be appointed to participate in a ten-week schedule of seminars,  discussion groups, and other activities. One aim of the scheme is to assist new scholars to develop a research paper and bring it to publication, and the programme will culminate in an interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Birmingham on 21-22 May 2015 at which the visiting fellows will present their papers alongside an international cast of both established and younger participants.

Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014.
Download further information and application details
Conferences in the UK & Abroad

CFP: Anya Fulu Ugo: African Arts Conference Series of the Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
24-27 June 2015, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Theme:  African Art and Artists After the Millennial Turn (A Conference of the Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Honour of El Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu)

We invite panel proposals from Nigerian, African and world scholars that view contemporary African art and artists from multiple, all-inclusive perspectives, especially, but not restricted to, humanistic studies. We seek to challenge the low level of interdisciplinary discourses within Africa itself on the subject of its contemporary cultural production. For example, how might we critically engage African visual art through the multiple lenses of mass communication, theatre and film studies, linguistics, literary studies, music, economics, anthropology, history and international relations, archaeology, tourism and museum studies, political science, etc.?
Download the call
Deadline; 15th February 2015

CFP: The Southern African Historical Society, 25th Biennial Conference - “Unsettling Stories and Unstable Subjects”
The 25th Biennial Conference, hosted by the Department of History, University of Stellenbosch, 1-3 July 2015.
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Cultures of Struggle: Song, Art, and Performance in Popular Movements"
University of Johannesburg on 29-31 May 2015
Download the call
Deadline: 19th January 2015


CFP: Landscapes, Sources, and Intellectual Projects in African History: Rethinking Historical Evidence and its Interpretation
12-14 November 2015, Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and Centre of West African Studies (CWAS), University of Birmingham (UK)
View the call
Deadline: 31st January 2015
CFP: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions
13-16 July 2015, Liverpool, UK

Trans-Atlantic dialogues on cultural heritage began as early as the voyages of Leif Ericson and Christopher Columbus and continue through the present day. Each side of the Atlantic offers its own geographical and historical specificities expressed and projected through material and immaterial heritage. However, in geopolitical terms and through everyday mobilities, people, objects and ideas flow backward and forward across the ocean, each shaping the heritage of the other, for better or worse, and each shaping the meanings and values that heritage conveys. Where, and in what ways are these trans-Atlantic heritages connected? Where, and in what ways are they not? What can we learn by reflecting on how the different societies and cultures on each side of the Atlantic Ocean produce, consume, mediate, filter, absorb, resist, and experience the heritage of the other?

Find out more
Deadline: 15th December 2015

CFP: LSE Africa Summit: Innovative Governance in Africa
Friday, 17th  April 2015, London School of Economics and Political Science
This one-day intensive Research Conference will explore strategies for and implications of Innovative Governance across the African continent and how new technologies and approaches are shifting the idea of Africa in the world. 

This conference will present diversified insights into emerging opportunities  and challenges for Africa and provide a platform for engagement between African and international  researchers, development professionals and policy practitioners concerned with governance today.
Download the call
Deadline: 29th December 2014

CFP: Pursuing Justice in Africa
27 - 28 March 2015, CRASSH, Cambridge
Deadline: 28th November 2014
View the Call for Papers 

CFP: Congo Research Network 3rd Conference
African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK
11th & 12th June 2015
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CFP: African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability
15 May - 16 May 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT Cambridge

‘Heritage in Africa is increasingly employed as a vehicle for development. The desire to make heritage pay is palpable. Can one really put the onus on Africa’s past to not only be self-sustaining but also to fuel development? How can Africa’s heritage be used to shape and secure a sustainable future for the continent? This conference aims to explore the ways in which heritage can promote, secure or undermine sustainable development in Africa, and in turn, how this development affects conceptions of heritage in Africa’
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CFP:28th Swahili Colloquium
31st May to 2nd June 2015, University of Bayreuth, Germany

The 28th Swahili Colloquium will have the following thematic focus: Linganisha! Comparative Perspectives on Swahili Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Practices. First of all, this focus implies a consideration of language, literature and culture as social practices rather than systems and discrete entities. The second thematic focus invites contributions which consider Swahili linguistic, literary  and cultural practices in terms of more global comparisons beyond the East African context.

Deadline: ASAP. 22nd November 2014 at the latest
Download the call in English
Download the call in Swahili


CFP: Islam in Africa: Historical and Contemporary Processes of Islamisation and Re-islamisations
24-25 April 2015, Bern (Switzerland)
Joint conference of the Swiss Society Middle East and Islamic Cultures and the Swiss Society of African Studies
Deadline: 30th November 2014
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CFP: Spirit and Sentiment: Affective Trajectories of Religious Being in Urban Africa
28th-30th May 2015, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr Filip De Boeck, University of Leuven
Prof. Dr Abdoumaliq Simone, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Download the call for papers

CFP: ECAS 6: ‘Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt’
8th-10th July 2015
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ECAS 2015 (Paris, 8-10 July 2015): Call for Papers (deadline 9 January 2015)
Call for Papers ECAS 2015,  out now:
List of all ECAS 2015 panels:

- Publish or Perish in African Studies: New Ways to Valorize Research
Convenor(s): Hartmut Bergenthum / Africa Department, University Library Frankfurt/Main & Stephanie Kitchen / International African Institute, London
Practical information and info on registration can be found here:

- CFP: Contesting African Boundaries: Collective Mobilizations Across ‘Borders.’

In recent years, the study of borders and borderlands has been a particularly productive area of research in African studies. In particular, political scientists, anthropologists and historians have emphasized the opportunities that are afforded to borderland communities, especially through the mobilization of cross-border kinship or economic networks. They have also shown how borderlands function as zones of political and regulatory creativity. However, much of this work has centered on modern borders between nation states, most of which were imposed by imperial powers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Rather less has been done on alternative conceptualizations of borders and borderlands. This is despite the fact that Africans have understood (and continue to understand) borders in a multitude of ways: in terms of natural boundaries such as rivers or lakes, the demarcation of grazing rights, stockades around towns, and the moving frontiers of pioneer migrants. These kinds of boundaries are heavily contested in terms of their nature and validity, and the analysis of them may draw out similar themes of opportunity and constraint.

This panel therefore welcomes papers that engage with the dynamics of borders and boundaries in Africa (broadly conceived) from a variety of conceptual viewpoints, and especially those that engage with the ways in which boundaries/borders shape collective mobilizations.

Deadline: 9th January 2015. Contact: Phillip Gooding
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CFP: ACLA African Language Literature: In the Garden of the Mother Tongue: African Language Literature 
The American Comparative Literature Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 26-29 March 2015
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CFP: Africa Conference at the University of Texas- Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights
3rd-5th April 2015, The University of Texas at Austin
Deadline: 30th November 2014
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CFP: University of Chicago African Studies Workshop Spring Conference
The Age of Infrastructure - The Infrastructure of Age

May 15, 2015
The African Studies Workshop at the University of Chicago invites papers exploring the complexities of age and infrastructure in African studies, with a particular interest in examining the points of intersection between the two. In what way do age and the conflicts that emerge around it structure social forms in African societies? How do such forms and conflicts intersect with the infrastructures of African life? And how does attention to the intersections of age and infrastructure in Africa shed new light on the meaning of citizenship in African societies, the consequences of neoliberal globalization, and the ways in which ordinary people struggle to forge meaningful modes of sociality across the continent?

Deadline: January 15th 2015
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 CFP: "Journeys of Reconciliation: The New South, the New South Africa, and Nelson Mandela,"
SERSAS/SEAN Spring 2015 Conference, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, USA, 6 - 7 February 2015

This CFP is open to any scholarly topic and field in African and Diaspora studies broadly constructed but, following the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) and the opportunity to reflect on the struggles for social justice in both America and South Africa, the organizers would particularly welcome panels and proposals that engage with considerations of how reconciliation can be seen as vital element in the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid movements. Reflections on the role and legacy of Nelson Mandela, and those who informed his leadership in the South African liberation struggle as well as the lessons that can be drawn from these for global communities will, no doubt, form an important body of scholarly knowledge for future generations.

Deadline: 15th December 2014
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Funding Opportunities & Prizes

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 March 2015

Find out more

Call for Applications – ‘Money Judgments: Twelfth Cadbury Fellowship Scheme and Workshop’

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham invites applications for the 2015 Cadbury Fellowship Scheme, which will focus on research on money. 

Three visiting fellows from Africa will be appointed to participate in a ten-week schedule of seminars, discussion groups, and other activities. One aim of the scheme is to assist new scholars to develop a research paper and bring it to publication, and the programme will culminate in an interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Birmingham on 21-22 May 2015 at which the visiting fellows will present their papers alongside an international cast of both established and younger participants.

Fellowships will cover return air-fare, accommodation and living costs for a period of up to ten weeks. Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014
Download the call

Call for Applications: New scholarships for students from African countries to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge

New scholarships are now available for students from African countries undertaking either a one-year MPhil in International Relations and Politics, or a three-year PhD in a field related to governance and human rights from 2015.Jointly funded by the David & Elaine Potter Foundation and the Cambridge Trust, the scholarships will pay the full cost of study and living in Cambridge for the length of your course.
Download the call for applications
Deadline: 2nd December 2014

Call for Applications: 2015/2016 Postgraduate Fellowships 

The Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) encourages any current DPhil candidate who would like to spend a year as a visiting fellow at ULB to contact us to discuss an application for these fellowships.  Also, any DPhil students who are close to completing their thesis are encouraged to await the call for Post-Doctoral Fellowships which open next year. The Wiener - Anspach Foundation awards research grants to Oxford DPhil students and Cambridge PhD students who wish to spend up to one year at the Université libre de Bruxelles as part of their doctoral research. These non-renewable grants are open to students from all fields.

Deadline: 5th December 2014
Find out more & apply 

We conduct a special program for young African Scholars, aged 35 or younger, who have been educated and are living on the continent. This includes a methods workshop, to be held this spring in Nairobi, fieldwork research grants of $2000 each, editorial and publication help, and sponsorship at an international conference in 2016 to present the findings.

Deadline: 15th December 2014
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SOAS Scholarships & Fellowships

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDiA) at SOAS
  • PhD Scholarships
  • MSc Scholarships
  • Residential School in Africa (in London, UK)
Applications now open for academic year 2015/2016 

Find out more and apply

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
Postdoctoral / Doctoral research position in African Studies at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, the University of Hamburg
The successful candidate will work on the project “African voices in Islamic manuscripts from Mali: a study of African languages written in Arabic-based script (Ajami)”. The project is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and is attached to the CSMC West Africa research projects headed by Dr Dmitry Bondarev. 

Deadline: 5th January 2015
Download the job description

Researchers (4) and Senior Researchers (2)
Ethiopia Hate Speech Project

Oxford University Consulting is seeking 4 Researcher Consultants and 2 Senior Researcher Consultants for the Project “Online Hate Speech and Elections in Ethiopia”. The study will develop an empirically grounded understanding of the nature of the online debates before and after elections, with a specific focus on how different actors engage or fail to engage online in a polarized political environment. The researchers will be responsible for supporting the study analysing media content.
For more information about the position and how to apply, email Dr Matti Pohjonen
Deadline: 24 November 2014

Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP)
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
5 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Research and Social Justice (2 years)

This postdoctoral program, generously funded by Ford Foundation, provides focused support for both research publication and concrete engagement with social justice issues and campaigns. You will be located at a Research Institute that combines cutting edge scholarly research with rich experience of supporting labour, women’s, social and environmental movements, as well as progressive government institutions, engaging in struggles to change the world we live in. You will have the time and support to conduct and publish research and lay the foundation for your academic career, as well as participate in an innovative social justice program. You will participate in a collegial and progressive community of scholars.

Deadline: 15th December 
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Call for Applications:  Competitive Research Grants to Develop Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions.
Objective: To accelerate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems, and health and nutrition outcomes, to better inform policy and programmatic actions in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Funding available: 15-20 research grants of up to £250,000 to be awarded in two rounds.
Who can apply: Researchers and institutions from both developed and low and middle income countries (LMICs).

21 November 2014 - concept memos
20 February 2014 - full proposals
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Journals and Book Series on Africa
Adonis &Abbey Publishers Ltd, P.O. Box 43418, London, SE11 4XZ:
1. African Renaissance: a bi-monthly, multidisciplinary international journal published since 2004, has launched a book programme. Under the programme, the journal, which is a cross between an academic publication and any higher-end policy oriented report, will publish every year 5-6 books based on contributions to the journal. The book programme has already started (see some of the titles in “Forthcoming Titles below). Usually an editor is appointed to edit each volume, and the editor asks authors of selected contributions to update/expand/beef up/revise their contributions -as the case may be.  For previous issues of African Renaissance, see:
2. African Journal of Business of Economic Research, a peer-reviewed academic journal, which made its debut in January 2006. The journal is published three times a year. Also 1-2 books are to be published each year from the contributions to the journal. For details of the current edition, please see:
3. Review of Nigerian Affairs is a quarterly, multidisciplinary online journal, which is a cross between an academic publication and any quality, policy-oriented features magazine. The journal brings together different perspectives on current issues in Nigerian politics, economy and society.
4. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) 
AJSTID is a multi-disciplinary and refereed international journal with a special focus on science, technology, and innovation in developing economies, with a special reference to Africa. It has been established on the basis of the recognized role of innovation in the development of economies and on the relative absence of research in the area, particularly in the case of Africa. AJSTID seeks to encourage research along three broad streams. This first is the role of science, technology and innovation in the process of industrial growth and development. The second stream concerns the broader area of socio-economic development. The third invites work exploring the inclusion of innovation and knowledge in cross border integration processes particularly in Africa. AJSTID will solicit submissions on both these research streams at various levels: firms, sectors/ industries/clusters, regions and countries.
5. African Performance Review is a triennial  journal of the African Theatre Association (AfTA) dedicated to publishing, disseminating and encouraging high quality research and information on theatres and performance in Africa and the African Diaspora. 
African Affairs, Journal of the Royal African Society
African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society. It publishes articles on recent political, social and economic developments in sub-Saharan countries. Also included are historical studies that illuminate current events in the continent. Each issue of African Affairs contains a substantial section of book reviews, with occasional review articles. There is also an invaluable list of recently published books, and a listing of articles on Africa that have appeared in non-Africanist journals.
Africa Confidential
Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with the in depth news on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent. Our track record owes much to our comprehensive network of local correspondents and the connections that we’ve built up throughout Africa since we started publishing back in 1960.
Africa-Asia Confidential
Africa-Asia Confidential was first published in November 2007, by the same group that owns Africa ConfidentialAsempa Limited of Cambridge. The newsletter was founded in response to the growing political and economic relations between Africa and Asia – and by the need to understand the implications for Africa. Using the resources that Africa Confidential has accrued in 50 years of covering the continent, Africa-Asia Confidential is also developing a new network of correspondents to supply the same kind of detailed and exclusive information for which Africa Confidential has won its reputation. 
African Journal of Political Science
The AJPS is published by the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), with the aim of providing a platform for African perspectives on issues of politics, economy and society in Africa. It is published 2 times a year - in June and December, and targeted at the social science community, policy-makers, and university students. Contributions are in either English or French. With effect from the year 2000, it will be published in Arabic by the Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University, Egypt.
African Studies Journals, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group:
1. African and Black Diaspora
This is the first academic journal that directly addresses the needs of scholars working in the important field of African Diaspora studies. It advances the analytical and interrogative discourses that constitute this distinctive interdisciplinary study of the deterritorialised and transnational nature of the African and Black Diaspora. The journal publishes research articles, commentaries and book reviews. All articles will be peer-reviewed. Authors interested in contributing should contact one of the three Editors. A special issue Navigating African Diaspora: Crossing, Belonging and Presence, is in preparation.
2. African Identities, 2 Issues per year, Print ISSN: 1369-6815, Online ISSN: 1469-9346
With an emphasis on gender, class, nation, marginalisation, "otherness" and difference, the journal explores how African identities, either by force of expediency or contingency, create layered terrains of (ex)change, decentre dominant meanings, paradigms and certainties. For more information visit:
3. African Studies, 2 Issues per year, Print ISSN: 0002-0184, Online ISSN: 1469-2872
Rooted in a long tradition of scholarship, African Studies provides an inter-disciplinary forum for conceptual and empirical writing relevant to Africa, and that contributes to international dialogue and debate. For more information visit:
4. Development Southern Africa
Development Southern Africa offers a platform for expressing views and encouraging debate among development specialists, policy decision makers, scholars and students in the wider professional fraternity and especially in southern Africa. The journal publishes articles that reflect innovative thinking on key development challenges and policy issues facing South Africa and other countries in the southern African region.
5. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
ENAJS is the premier international peer-reviewed journal for the critical analysis of journalism scholarship, education and practice in all its facets in Africa. The purpose of the journal is to foster a better understanding of journalism, media studies, and mass communication as research areas in the comparative context of Africa and the Global South, and to build links between these academic fields and the media professions. The journal's focus is on Africa, but its academic interest and scope is transnational.
6. Ethnic and Racial Studies
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. Ethnic and Racial Studies, published ten times a year, is the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. The journal provides an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.
7. Journal of African Cultural Studies
The Journal of African Cultural Studies is an international journal providing a forum for perceptions of African culture from inside and outside Africa, with a special commitment to African scholarship. It focuses on dimensions of African culture including African literatures both oral and written, performance arts, visual arts, music, the role of the media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of cultural interest, and culture and gender.
8. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
This journal publishes the results of first-class research on all forms of migration and its consequences, together with articles on ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration. Submissions: For details on how to submit a paper to Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies go to
9. Journal of Contemporary African Studies
The Journal of Contemporary African Studies (published four times a year, in January, April, July and October) is an interdisciplinary journal seeking to promote a scholarly understanding of developments and change throughout the African continent, as well as the location of Africa within the global political economy. Its scope extends across the social sciences, as well as encouraging articles relating to the social dimensions of the wider humanities, sciences and the environment. It welcomes contributions reviewing general trends in the academic literature, as well as those offering careful analyses of developments at national, regional and continental level. It also publishes special issues and welcomes proposals for new topics.
10. Journal of Southern African Studies
JSAS is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims at generating fresh scholarly enquiry and rigorous exposition in the many different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and periodically organises and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives and research that reflects new theoretical or methodological approaches. An active advisory board and an editor based in the region demonstrate our close ties with scholars there and our commitment to promoting research in the region.
11. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Published since 1974, Politikon is the official journal of the South African Association of Political Studies. It focuses primarily on South African politics, but not exclusively so. Over the years the journal has published articles by some of the world's leading political scientists, including Arend Lijphart, Samuel Huntington, and Philippe Schmitter. It has also featured important contributions from South Africa's leading political philosophers, political scientists and international relations experts. It has proved an influential journal, particularly in debates over the merits of South Africa's constitutional reforms (in 1983 and 1994). In the last few years special issues have focused on women and politics in South Africa, and the South African election of 1999. Recent articles have looked at the negotiated transition from apartheid to democracy, aspects of identity politics in post-apartheid South Africa and issues of democratic consolidation.
12. Review of African Political Economy
ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group for the ROAPE international collective it has since 1974 provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.
13. Journal of Eastern African Studies
The Journal of Eastern African Studies is the international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, published three times each year. It aims to promote fresh scholarly enquiry on the region from within the humanities and the social sciences, and to encourage work that communicates across disciplinary boundaries. It seeks to foster inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives, and research employing the most significant theoretical or methodological approaches for the region.
14.  South African Journal of International Affairs
The SAJIA is an outward-looking International Relations journal. While taking a South African and African perspective, articles are comparative, and address issues of global importance. Published since 1993, SAJIA has become a leading South African journal publishing original and review articles on international relations involving and affecting Africa. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation focusing on South Africa's and Africa's international relations. SAIIA provides cutting edge analysis and promotes balanced dialogue, thus contributing to effective policy making on issues critical to Africa and its engagement in a dynamic global context.
15. The Journal of North African Studies
The Journal of North African Studies is a forum for scholars of and from the region. Its contents cover both country-based and regional themes, which range from historical topics to sociological, anthropological, economic, diplomatic and other issues. It is the first academic journal in English to analyse the historic and current affairs of what has become an important and coherent region of the Mediterranean basin, which is also linked to the Middle East and Africa.

International African Institute
1. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. For further details see
2. Africa Bibliography
Africa Bibliography has became available as a searchable online database from February 2011. The online bibliography has been developed by the IAI together with Cambridge University Press. Six volumes from 2004/5 to 2009/10 (current volume) were being published initially. It is anticipated that back volumes from 1984 will be added in due course during 2011 and 2012. Subsequent new annual volumes will be published in both online and print formats. For further details see
3. International African Library series
For updates on new volumes visit:

4. African Arguments the Book Series

African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent, these books intend to highlight many of the longer-term strategic as well as immediate political issues confronting the African continent. The series is a collaboration between Zed Books, The Royal African Society, The International Africa InstituteThe Social Science Research Council and Justice Africa.
Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa. Pambazuka News also publishes podcasts, videocasts and book. To view online, go to
Postamble is a postgraduate journal of the Faculty of Humanities located in the Centre for African Studies and published bi-annually online. Postamble is committed to featuring original post graduate student work of a high academic standard which is of value to the promotion of multi-disciplinary study of Africa within the university environment. Postamble is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes general, as well as thematically focussed special issues. For more information visit:
The Africa Report:
A monthly Journal, The Africa Report has established itself as the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs. It is the guide used by decision makers to anticipate economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the expertise of an independent editorial team in its surveys, sector reports and country focus published in each issue. Its recognised high-quality coverage of the African business environment is combined with the widest pan-African and international circulation.
AEGIS/Brill Book Series: Call for proposal
With the AEGIS Series (published by Brill) AEGIS provides a venue for the publication of works drawn from the lively and expanding community of scholars with interests in Africa and its Diaspora. The AEGIS Series aims to publish books within the broad fields of study within the humanities and social sciences that would bring new approaches or innovative perspectives to the topics discussed. Titles comprise works that could also reflect established debate within African Studies if they provide new insights. Both individually-authored works and edited collections on focused themes will be considered. The first volume (Is violence inevitable in Africa?) appeared in 2005. The AEGIS series will publish two books a year. Potential authors should first submit a proposal using the guidelines found at
Africa in Development Series (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers)
While African Development remains a preoccupation, policy craftsmen and a multiplicity of domestic and international actors have been engaged in the quest for solutions to the myriad problems associated with poverty and underdevelopment.
This series is designed to encourage innovative thinking on a broad range of development issues. Thus its remit extends to all fields of intellectual inquiry with the aim to highlight the advantages of interdisciplinary perspective.
The series welcome proposals from collected papers as well as monographs from recent PhDs no less than from established scholars.
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