Africa News from the Centre of African Studies, University of London,
March 2015
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Welcome to the CAS newsletter for March 2015, 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 Events & Seminars in the UK Art, Music & Film

Conferences in the UK & Abroad Funding & Prizes 
Jobs | Journals and Book Series

Feedback: 'Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?'

On Friday 20th February we hosted our 50th Anniversary conference at SOAS, on the subject of media representation and Africa. Experts and professionals in the areas of documentary, news reporting, television drama and fictional film came together to discuss important questions of funding and perspective – ‘whose money, whose story?’ We had a full audience and an active engagement on social media

If you attended the conference, please take 10 minutes to fill in this online feedback form

We are keen to hear your opinions and ideas for how to take forward what was discussed at the event. Thank you!
CAS Events
Fair Trade, Fair Wage?
Africa Business Group Seminar: Christopher Cramer, 
Deborah Johnston & Carlos Oya (SOAS)
Tuesday 17th March, 12pm, Room 116


As part of the CAS Africa Business Group seminar series, Chris Cramer, Deborah Johnston and Carlos Oya share their findings from Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda, a four year DFID-funded research project (2009-13).

Focussing on areas producing agricultural exports, this project collected detailed micro-level evidence how rural labour markets affect the lives of people living in poverty. Comparative evidence was compiled to cover Fair Trade certified production and non-certified production, with the objective of making the case for new, cost-effective interventions directly targeted to improve living standards for communities involved in agricultural export commodity production.

What effective measures can be utilised to help ensure these producers, who face volatile global market prices, choose wisely from the range of new certification schemes and codes of practice that have been devised, including Fair Trade? The methodologically original fieldwork of this project in Ethiopia and Uganda has generated uniquely detailed evidence to help answer this question.

Chair: Michael Jennings

Space is limited so please register your attendance in advance via Eventbrite

Africa: the Awakening Lion - A conversation with Raila Odinga
Saturday, 21 March 2015, BGLT, 2pm - 4pm. 

Former prime minister of Kenya the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga will join Phil Clarke and Chege Githiora at SOAS to discuss Africa’s prospects in the 21st Century, and his book, ‘The Flame of Freedom’ (2013, Mountain Top Publishers).

Organised in collaboration with the SOAS East Africa Network

Register your place

'Why Governance Matters' - an Open Lecture by Dr Mo Ibrahim
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 5.30-7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent. The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa.

This lecture is part of the Governance for Development in Africa (GDAI) programme run by the Centre of African Studies at SOAS in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Detailed information, video recordings and participant profiles can be found on the website :

Prior registration required via Eventbrite:

The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood
17th & 18th April, 10am-8pm, BGLT, SOAS

The theme of the fourth annual Igbo Conference is ‘Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood ’. This conference seeks to create a platform through which to engage with various conceptions of Igbo womanhood, vis-à-vis the changing position of Igbo women and the changing practices in Igbo culture. It seeks to explore Igbo traditions in relation to the role and status of women and examine the numerous social and political contributions made by Igbo women. The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

The annual conference’s aim is to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the annual Igbo International Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community.

Keynote speaker: Nnedi Okorafor, a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults

Registration is required via Eventbrite

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Centre of African Studies 50th Anniversary Lecture: Yinka Shonibare MBE RA
Wednesday 13th May 2015, 6.30pm. BGLT, SOAS

The Centre of African Studies is honoured to welcome the renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA to deliver our annual lecture, marking the 50th anniversary of the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa.

Yinka Shonibare MBE RA was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London.
All welcome. Prior registration is required via Eventbrite

Click here to download the Term 2 events calendar as a pdf
SOAS Events

Spoek Mathambo presents Fantasma

Tuesday, March 17th, 8pm in the JCR, SOAS

South African electronic music pioneer will be performing alongside maskanda legend Bhekisenyo Cele and Mike Buchanan. Special date on their UK tour, come along for an acoustic set of South African maskanda music and dancing!

"Privilege To Suffer" -  Debating Africa Studies (at SOAS)

An event organised by the Nigeria/Ghana and West Africa Society
Date: 17 March 2015
Location: DLT and G3, SOAS
Time: 7pm-10pm

Please RSVP your place via Eventbrite

A gathering of academics and non-academic guests to reflect on the challenges, aspirations and future directions of debates within African studies in the UK and its impact on the Continent. Current students at SOAS are questioning the status of the discipline at SOAS as they feel that it has been declining over the years due to lack of funding, including lack of many subjects within culture, languages, literatures, history, politics. Therefore the ideals of Africa as a culture and continent  are not being fully promoted.

Question: "If a renowned institution such as SOAS, known for being a specialist in promoting African Studies, could be experiencing difficulties in promoting, retaining and maintaining a wide range of Africa-related subjects and expert scholars , then what hope is there for the future of the study of Africa in the UK? And ultimately the development of the Continent itself?

The role of the invited panel is to speak on, challenge and perhaps answer questions such as, when compare to its counterparts in Asia and the Middle East, why has African studies lacked institutional investments, staff and students recruitment, more scholarship opportunities and more subjects on offer to diversify the curriculum. Also how can the literature of a particular country/tribe/culture be taught in a foreign language other than that of it own and how can this literature be fully understood without the expertise of a versed educator? In addition, we would like to hear from SOAS Alumni on how they can contribute to enhancing the African Studies with contributions, donations and promotion.

Confirmed appearances

  • Prof. Friederike Luepke
  • Prof. Stephen Chan
  • Dr Alena Rettova
  • Mr Nick Butler
  • Mr Dele Fatunla of Royal African Society
  • Mrs Sarah Bimpon

For participation and suggestions contact event organisers:

Performance by: Diaspora Drummer Prince Seyi Olagunju & many more
The event will be followed by a networking reception
For full details please visit Eventbrite


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.

Click here for more information


Cambridge Centre of African Studies Seminars
Upcoming Events: 

Monday 30th April: 'Scifest Africa' - South Africa's National Science Festival
Stephen Ashworth (Head of Natural Sciences, University of East Anglia and on Advisory Committee for Scifest Africa)
Wine from 17.45. All welcome. see

Thursday 26th March: Audley Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies: Give a man a fish: From Patriarchal Productionism to the Politics of Distribution in Southern Africa 
Room LG17, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road
Professor James Ferguson (Stamford University)
To register:

Friday 5th June: Annual Africa Together Day 2015: Re-imagining Africa
A major event to commemorate Africa, held by the African Students Society of Cambridge University (ASCU), in association with the Cambridge Union Society building on the success of last year's event

Saturday 6th June: Business in Africa Conference 2015: Sustainable Growth in Times of Global Uncertainty 
Cambridge Africa Business Network's Annual conference.

View  full listings 

Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars
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London School of Economics

Africa Summit 2015
April 17 - April 19 2015

Special Guest Speaker: Wole Soyinka 

That Africa is rising is without a doubt. Despite this, important challenges remain in a wide range of fields, from youth unemployment, to security, to healthcare – of which the latest ebola epidemic is one of the most pressing manifestations. Only once these constraints are taken into account, can sustainable economic growth and successful business ventures prosper across the continent. 

One of the crucial ways these challenges can be addressed is through fostering innovations in governance. With this premise, the LSE Africa summit aims to promote dialogue among practitioners, academics, policymakers, Heads of State, students and all those passionate about the continent, regarding innovative methods of tackling some of the Africa’s most pressing issues.

For more information and registration, please click here

Shifting African digital landscapes
Tuesday 17 March 2015, 6.30-8pm, New Theatre, East Building, LSE
Speaker: Dr Sean Jacobs, The New School
Chair: Dr Wendy Willems, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Developments and changes to the online media sphere point to interesting possibilities for how Africans are engaging in the global public sphere.  Whether via irreverent Youtube prank videos, blogs, Instagram, song remixes, or producing independent online media (such as the Nigerian-focused Sahara Reporters), among others, and addressing topics such as homosexuality, gender relations, economic relations, African subjects are taking their place more and more as audiences and agents, rather than as receivers of aid and information.

Sean Jacobs is on the faculty of The New School in New York City and the founder of the popular Africa is a Country blog ( He holds a PhD in Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on the relationship between politics and popular culture. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of African Media Studies and African Journalism Studies. A former Fulbright and Commonwealth Scholar, he has held fellowships at The New School, Harvard University and New York University. Jacobs was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and spent his formative years under Apartheid.

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Book Launch
Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James

Thursday 19th March 2015, 6pm, Seligman Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE

This book – exploring how ordinary people experienced South Africa’s version of the credit crunch – also raises questions applicable worldwide. Are borrowers extravagant or thrifty – and do the items they invest in justify the means used to do so? If lenders operate by the logic of the free market, it asks, why is state regulation required to restrain them from offering products that will lead borrowers into debt, thus ultimately killing the goose that laid the golden egg?

Speakers: Adam Kuper (LSE), Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins) and the author


King's College London
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Birkbeck College
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Royal African Society Events

Will 2015 be the year for African women?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 7:15pm to 9:15pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Chaired by: Jessica Horn, feminist activist, writer and technical advisor on women’s rights. Speakers: TBC

Find out more

Beyond Ebola: The H2B2 Cross-disciplinary Challenge
Thursday 23 April 2015, at 1000-1700, Queens Building Lecture Theatre (Q170) Royal Holloway

What could your research contribute to the response to future disease outbreaks?

At this event, Royal Holloway’s Health, Human Body and Behaviour (H2B2)
cross-disciplinary programme challenges you to think outside the box about
what your research area – be it rapid genomic sequencing, cultural
anthropology or participatory video – could contribute to the understanding of,
response to and management of, outbreaks of serious infectious disease.

Abstracts and suggestions for presentations or interactive group activities to: by 28 February 2015 Find out more


Chatham House Presents: 

Africa's Changing Policy Context: Towards Economic Transformation
Wednesday March 18 | 15:30-16:30

Speaker: Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank
Chair: Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Location: Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the continent’s premier financial institution, and has gained worldwide recognition for its achievements. Although currently a relatively small investor in Africa, the AfDB’s contributions are increasing and it has become the favoured partner institution for inward investment into Africa. In the last decade, the AfDB has implemented a new strategy to enhance development and reduce poverty by supporting infrastructure development, emphasising the role of the private sector and promoting the benefits of regional integration. 

Donald Kaberuka, in his second term as president of the African Development Bank, will examine the strategic direction of the bank and discuss essential policies for implementation to ensure economic transformation on the continent.

Register here

Art, Music & Film
Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Beats of the Antonov

Winner of the People's Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival, Beats of The Antonov is a celebration of defiant cultural expression and a unique perspective on the complex realities of a divided Sudan.
For ticket information and to view the trailer click here 

The Dream of Shahrazad

Filmmaker Francois Verster explores how music and storytelling can serve as an outlet for citizens to process political upheaval. Using the metaphor of Shahrazad–the princess in the classic tale of The 1001 (Arabian) Nights who saves lives by telling stories to the murderous Sultan Shahriyar–and filmed before, during, and after the so-called Arab Spring, the film weaves together a web of music, politics, and storytelling to explore the ways in which creativity and politics coincide in response to oppression.
For ticket information and to view the trailer click here 


Over the course of more than three years, director Camilla Nielsson gained exclusive access to the inner circles of politics in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.
Democrats follows two political opponents, the bullish Mangwana of the long-time ruling party ZANU-PF, and the Movement for Democratic Change's progressive Mwonzora, as they face the gargantuan task of writing a new constitution for the country. 
For ticket information and to view the trailer click here 


12 February - 28 March 2015
 Private View on Wednesday, 11th of February, 2015, 6.30pm
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Shakespeare's Globe

29 March – 6 April

As an Easter treat the ‘sensational’ (Daily Telegraph) Isango Ensemble, who triumphantly presented Venus & Adonis during our Globe to Globe festival in 2012, return with an intimate version of their acclaimed production of Mysteries, a re-working of the 14th century Chester Passion Plays encompassing the whole of the Bible from Creation to Last Judgement. Isango’s unique version of these plays will be performed by a small group of choral singers in Xhosa, Zulu, English, Latin and Afrikaans.

More information about the production is available here
Your opinions about the West Africa exhibition at the British Library - fill in the survey

The British Library are developing an exhibition about West Africa, showcasing the region’s written heritage and oral literature over the last three centuries. Muse, a strategy and research agency in London, are conducting a small piece of research to evaluate potential titles for the exhibition.

The survey comprises of 10 short questions and will take about 10 minutes to complete. When completed, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to concerts, exhibitions, performances and other special events to say thank you. Muse is a member of the Market Research Society and abides by their guidelines.

Go to survey

Between Democracy and Big Man Politics: The Micro-Level Dynamics of Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline for Submissions: 15 April 215
Conference Date: 23-24 October 2015
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) hereby invites you to submit an abstract for a two-day workshop on the challenges of electoral violence on the continent. The workshop will be held on 23–24 October in Uppsala, Sweden. The aim of the workshop is to publish a selection of the presented papers in an edited volume in the Africa Now series with NAI/Zed Books (see the attached call for papers for a thematic outline).

If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract (max 250 words) by 15 April 2015. Proposals for papers should include the suggested title, as well as the author's name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Selected participants are subsequently expected to present a paper of 5000-8000 words at the workshop. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by NAI. Abstracts and queries should be sent to Jesper Bjarnesen at + 46 18 471 52 92).


University of Cape Town July School
29 June – 10 July 2015

This programme was first launched in 2013 and last year included 144 participants from 44 countries. The programme has been designed to bring together students and professionals from Africa with colleagues from around the world, to generate unique insights into the challenges and opportunities in Africa today, guided by some of the world’s leading academic thinkers and most experienced practitioners in the field. Participants follow intensive, two-week courses in economics, management, media, geography and politics, and share knowledge and perspectives based on their experience at international universities, multi-national firms, large development organisations and small NGOs.
The university-level programme is suitable for current students and for professionals from around the world who have a specific interest in Africa and its role in the world. The July School also offers an early bird discount of £100 for applications received by 31st March 2015, and a limited number of bursaries are also available to African applicants to the LSE-UCT July School.
Deadline: 15th May 2015.
Find out more
Conferences in the UK & Abroad

Connections and Disconnections in the History and Cultures of Eastern Africa
30-31 March 2015, BIEA, Nairobi

Confirmed speakers include: Bing Zhao, Monika Udvardy, Chapuruhka Kusimba, Thomas Hakansson, Kathryn De Luna, Daniel Branch, Sarah Longair, Pamila Gupta, Gerard McCann, Salvatory Nyanto

This conference will explore the place of Eastern Africa within global approaches to the study of the region’s past and present.   The fields of history, archaeology, anthropology and literature have all witnessed a global turn in recent years.  The global paradigm is fast became a common point of entry to study of the region, particularly among European and North American scholars.  This conference will include discussion of such research, but also consider the methodological and intellectual challenges presented by this approach to the study of Eastern African societies in the past and present.
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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: Postgraduate International Conference at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
10 and 11 August 2015.

Theme: Changing Landuse, Resource conflicts and Environmental Implications on African Landscapes.
The Department of History, University of Warwick and the Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam invite papers across disciplines that engage with concepts of changing land use, resource conflicts, indigenous knowledge, beliefs, and environmental implications. We wish to host a 2-day conference for postgraduate researchers working on African Landscapes. The conference will be held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on 10th and 11th August 2015. The conference aims to create networks among early stage researchers and bring about discussions across disciplines covering political science, history, archaeology, religion, geography, environmental studies, anthropology, and development studies to mention just a few. The conference will allow participants in their 2nd, 3rd and 4thyears of doctoral research to share part of their works in progress. In so doing, we anticipate that participants will broaden their understandings of multi/interdisciplinary approaches in studying African landscapes.

Deadline: 20th March 2015
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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
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CFP: Anthropology in London Day 2015: Anthropology on the Move
Monday June 15, 2015 at UCL 

This year’s Anthropology in London conference invites paper and panel proposals that explore movement in the broadest sense, including movement of objects, people, ideas, cultural practices, and narratives; the structures, discourses, and practices that aid or obstruct such movements; the movement of bodies in dance, ritual, and performance; and anthropological theory and practice ‘on the move’, in step with a changing world. 

Deadline: Monday 2nd March 2015
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CFP: Twelfth Cadbury Conference: Money Judgments
21-22 May 2015, University of Birmingham.
Deadline 1 March 2015
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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)
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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?
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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.
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Deadline: 29th December 2014

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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The 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2015
16 - 19 June 2015, Bristol
Organised by The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) jointly with The Watershed Cinema in Bristol, The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol and The Center for Visual Anthropology, USC Dornsife, LA, California
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CFP: Yorkshire African Studies Network Conference 2015
Family, Community and Livelihoods: Perspectives from Africa
19 May 2015, University of Sheffield

In this one-day conference, we seek to go beyond statistics and national indicators to understand contemporary African societies in rich detail and at the local level. In particular, the conference will explore community and neighbourhood dynamics, family relations, parent-child relations, intergenerational relations, child rearing practices, work opportunities and livelihood choices, and how these are evolving in the context of changing socio-economic and political conditions. 

Deadline: 31st March 2015
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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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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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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?

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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

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
Associate Professor in African Studies - University of Oxford, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS)

Grade 10a (36S): from £44,620 p.a.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Thursday 9 April 2015.

Applications are invited for appointment to an Associate Professorship in African Studies, to be held in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), in association with a Non-Tutorial Fellowship at St Anne’s College, with effect from 1 September 2015. The post is full time and upon completion of a successful review, permanent.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the SIAS website (, or by writing to the Assistant to the Departmental Administrator, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, 12 Bevington Road, Oxford OX2 6LH ( Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Find more details here

The Nordic Africa Institute, Senior Researcher ad Leader

The Nordic Africa Institute is seeking an experienced researcher of a professorial rank or its academic equivalent, with considerable administrative/management, mentoring, and publishing experience for the position of a senior researcher and leader of the research cluster on Mobility, Migration and Transnational Relations in Africa.

Deadline: March 9th, 2015
Find out more & apply
Research Assistants - Project on Finance in Ethiopia

A PhD student currently researching financial development in Ethiopia is looking for LSE undergraduates from Ethiopia to serve as research assistants. Candidates must have native fluency in Amharic, an interest in development, and an open and positive attitude. Stata knowledge would be great, but not necessary. Pay is competitive.

For those interested, please contact Nicola Limodio at

Consultancy Opportunities in Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi for The Africa Delivery Hub

The Africa Delivery Hub is one of McKinsey's new delivery models addressing complex public, societal and government challenges. The Firm is looking for African nationals in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi for the following positions:

ADH Analyst - Based in Johannesburg, Lagos, or Nairobi

ADH Associate - Based in Johannesburg, Lagos, or Nairobi

Proposal Manager -  Based in Nairobi

Human Rights Watch, Angola Researcher
Africa Division (Johannesburg Office)
Deadline: Open until filled

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher for its Africa Division.  The Africa Division works to promote human rights improvements in Africa. The Angola Researcher will primarily be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on human rights conditions in Angola and may include research and advocacy work on Mozambique, as needed. The position will be based in the Johannesburg office.  
We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for a scholar working on Islam in Africa in any time-period and region and in any discipline. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment on September 1, 2015. The recipient may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree by the time of the appointment. Scholars trained in disciplines other than History (including, for example, Art History, Political Science, and Music) whose work engages in historical analysis are welcome to apply.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to Please use “Angola Researcher REF: AFR-15-1012” as the subject of your email.

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The Academy of Peace and Development (APD) was established in 1999 as a research institute in Somaliland. Since its inception, APD activities have focused on peace-building, democracy and good governance. APD’s participatory methods encourage consensus building among key actors with respect to strategic political, social and economic issues, leading to practical, policy-oriented recommendations and guidelines.

The Academy is offering 7 fellowships for duration of either 3, 6 and one year to researchers interested in pursuing research related to APD’s work in Somaliland.

All fellows will receive individual support from the Academy  to settle in, to deal with local authorities and paperwork, and to find accommodations.

All interested candidates should send their CV with a cover letter explaining their research interest (Mohamed Farah, Executive director) and (Muna Hersi, Senior researcher)

Paris Diderot University, Full Professor in African History

Paris Diderot University, member of Sorbonne Paris Cité, which brings together a large group of Institutions of higher education in Paris, is one of the few French universities where African History is taught. This teaching position is linked with the CESSMA (Centre d’étude en sciences sociales sur les mondes africains, américains et asiatiques, UMR 245), a well-known research group with a long history, with Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch as former director and an active member for many years. In 2014, it was enlarged and now offers a broad range of disciplines and themes.

For more information, please visit their website or contact
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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