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November 2015
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Call for Papers/Applications
ONEHEARTSOURCE: Student Volunteering Abroad
Attention Students of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs. We are offering a variety of 2 and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa!

As an OHS Volunteer you will:
  • Mentor students to realize measurable academic growth and cultivate life-long relationships.
  • Immerse yourself in diversity through service, workshops, and excursions.
  • Collaborate with small cohorts of university students from around the world.
  • Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills through the pursuit of social justice.
Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2016 Application
Next Application Deadline: December 4

Theme: Igbo Fusions: Past, Present and Futures
Brunei Gallery Building | SOAS | University of London | April 1-2, 2016

 Call for Papers

Each year, the Centre of African Studies based at SOAS facilitates the Igbo Conference. The Annual Igbo Conference has carved out a unique space, serving as a bridge between the community and academia. The theme for the 5th Annual International Igbo Conference is Igbo Fusions: Past, Present and Futures. This conference will create a platform for discussions exploring how Igbo culture has been influenced by and influences other cultures. It seeks to complicate perceptions of 'what is Igbo' through examining the diversity amongst the Igbo at 'home', abroad and in digital spaces.

We invite papers that examine a variety of aspects of Igbo fusions which include, but are not limited to:
  • Igbo Fusion in Digital Spaces
  • The Politics of Naming: Semantic Changes and Conceptual Shifts
  • Transracial Fostering of Igbo Children in Britain
  • Igbo Language Fusion: The Case of ‘Ingiligbo’ (English & Igbo)
  • Fusion in Anglophone Igbo Literature and Igbo Language Literature(s)
  • Igbo Diasporic Communities: Assimilation and/or Acculturation
  • Cultural Continuums: the Igbo and their Neighbours
  • Transnational Institutions and Practises
  • Fusion in the Early Igbo Diaspora: the Americas, Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Globalisation and Igbo Identities
  • Fusion in Rituals, Religious Practices and Belief Systems
  • The Igbo Language: Variations of Dialect and the Politics of Standardisation
  • Igbo Music and its Influences
  • The Margins of Igbo Identities and the Politics of Identifying as Igbo
  • Fusion in Igbo Performances: Past, Present and Future
  • Changes to the Political, Social and Economic Structures in Igboland in the Postcolonial Era
  • Home Town Associations: Constructing ‘Home’ when ‘Abroad’
  • Images of Igboland in Nollywood
  • Igbo Attire and its Influences
  • Igbo Business/Trading and the Changing Position of Women
Please send abstracts in an attached word file, and please do not use all capital letters when writing. The abstracts of upto 300 words including the paper title, your name, current position, institutional affiliation (where applicable), email address and phone number should be emailed to and no later than 31st December 2015.

We also welcome panel submissions. Proposed panel submissions should be made by the chair, and must provide details of the panel’s theme in addition to the names of up to four panelists, abstracts of up to 300 words for each paper, and details of each panelists’ name, current position, institutional affiliation (where applicable), email address and phone number. This should be sent to and no later than 31st December 2015.
Please visit CAS or Igbo conference website for more details

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

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

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

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

         Centre of African Studies

Visiting Research Fellowships 2016-17

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for two Visiting Research Fellowships from candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The aim of the Fellowships is to enable the fellows to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge.

Preference will be given to early- to mid-career candidates with a distinguished research profile. They are expected to be permanent residents in Africa. The appointments will take place from 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017 and are non-renewable. Each award is worth up to £14,000; out of which travel, college accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2016

The University follows an equal opportunities policy

Click here to download application package or contact the centre by emailing:

Development, Religious Extremism, Conflict, Security, and the State in Africa
Symposium organized by the Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD)
April 15‐16, 2016 - Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA


The Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD), is holding a symposium on the theme “Development, Religious Extremism, Conflict, Security, and the State in Africa” April 15‐16, 2016 on the Cornell University campus. The symposium will explore the understanding of the complex and multidimensional issue of development and security in the broader sense and the understanding of the fundamental underpinnings of conflict through an inter‐disciplinary approach.

Download the full application here.

IMMANA Call for Fellowships and Informational Webinar

We are pleased to announce the second round of IMMANA Fellowships, for which we will award six 12-month Fellowships to early career researchers using, developing, or adapting new methodological approaches in low- and middle-income countries. Recruitment and support for IMMANA Fellowships is led by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, with the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  The project is funded by UK Aid, through the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID).

For application details visit IMMANA Fellowships website.

IGC call for proposals
The IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for research projects relevant to economic growth policies in developing countries. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm GMT, 17 January 2016.

In addition, the IGC is also currently running a special call for proposals on the economic implications of Ebola.
Tuesday 6 September 2016 | Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge


This conference will explore aspects of medicine and healthcare, traditional and western, historic and contemporary and their traces in the documentary and digital records in all regions of Africa
Subjects might include:
     - Medicine and indigenous knowledge
     - The revival and regulation of traditional medicine
     - The introduction of Western medicine
     - Medicine and the missionary movement
     - The documentation of HIV/AIDS and Ebola
     - Medical research in Africa

Access to medical information and research in and from Africa
Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference. 
Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at by 30 April 2016.
CALL FOR PAPERS - XIII Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO)


University of Catania, Italy
17-19 March 2016
Several panels are open to contributions from scholars willing to present a paper on the subject identified by the panel’s title and description. You can propose your paper abstract directly to the panel directors, asking them for the deadline for submitting your abstract. Your abstract should be 150 words. Attendance to the 2016 SeSaMO Annual Conference is subject to the payment of a registration fee and a separate but compulsory membership fee to SeSaMO. All paper presenters will have to pay both fees before 20th January, 2016.

For more information on the Panels and how to apply visit:
CALL FOR PAPERS Women Researching in Africa

Expressions of interest are being requested for an edited book that will contribute to research methods as well as African studies. The focus is on being a woman researcher in Africa, the opportunities and challenges, a gendered study on researching Africa. Prospective contributors are invited to submit an abstract proposal by 31 January 2016 to Max Kelly at or Ruth Jackson

For more information and full call for paper click here.
Fellowships & Funding Opportunities 

The Centre of African Studies offers 3 MSc and 1 PhD scholarship to African residents as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 

Find more information on how to apply to the 
MSc scholarships here.
Find more information on how to apply to the PhD scholarship here.

Deadline to apply: 30 April 2016

For further information contact


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.

The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre.

Deadline for applications: 
31 March 2016

For further information contact

- The Centre of African Studies Cambridge University -

The Centre of African Studies Cambridge invites applications for two Visiting Research Fellowships from candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The aim of the Fellowships is to enable the fellows to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge.

Preference will be given to early- to mid-career candidates with a distinguished research profile. They are expected to be permanent residents in Africa. The appointments will take place from 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017 and are non-renewable. Each award is worth up to £14,000; out of which travel, college accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2016

Download the application package here.

For more info check the CASC website: or contact the Centre by emailing:


DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK

Funding is available for Early Career Researchers from the UK to pursue academic research at South African universities or eligible research institutes. The deadline for applications is the 11th of January 2016 and details about the schemes and how to apply can be found here.

The ASAUK Fage & Oliver Monograph Prize (Inaugural Award)

The African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) invites publishers to nominate titles for the Fage & Oliver Prize. The ASAUK presents the Fage & OIiver Prize to the author of an outstanding original scholarly work published on Africa during the preceding 2 years.  John Donnelly Fage (1921-2002) and Roland Oliver (1923-2014) were pioneers of British African Studies.  After a decade teaching in the University of the Gold Coast, Fage spent the rest of his career at Birmingham University where he founded the Centre for West African Studies (CWAS).  With Oliver he founded The Journal of African History (1960).  Oliver taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1948 -1986).  He was one of the founders of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (1963) and played a major role in the establishment of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Nominations are made directly by publishers who may nominate no more than 3 titles. Eligible titles would be original non-fiction scholarly works published in English (or translated into English) and distributed in the United Kingdom. Entries from all continents meeting these criteria are welcome. We especially welcome nominations from small and independent publishers.  Publishers must supply 3 copies of each title submitted.

The subject matter would have to significantly deal with Africa and/or related areas (Cape Verde, Madagascar, or Indian Ocean Islands off the East African coast).  Collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, and dictionaries would not be eligible. Only books with a 2014 or 2015 copyright are eligible for the 2016 Prize.  The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2015. For details on submitting nominations please click here.

Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

TIPS offers an Internship Position in South Africa – 6 months

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is a non-profit research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. Over the past 19 years the organisation has undertaken research towards policy development, capacity building and facilitated dialogue in the field of trade and industrial policy. 
Today TIPS has three main focus areas: Trade and Industrial Policy, Inequality and Economic Inclusion and Sustainable Growth. For more information about TIPS, please visit

TIPS has one intern position available for an international student that is looking to do work in South Africa in the field of Industrial Policy and Regional Value Chains. The internship post is available for a period of six months and remuneration will cover basic costs of living in South Africa. Successful candidates will need to cover their own travel to and from South Africa; and obtain the necessary visa.  The expected start date is 1 April 2016 until 30 September 2016 (negotiable).

You can download the full application here.
RESEARCHER for the upcoming project 'JOB-RICH URBANISATION: Maximising the Potential Employment Benefits of Zambia’s Growing Cities'

The International Growth Centre (IGC) Zambia in collaboration with Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) is seeking researchers to undertake the above-mentioned study.
The International Growth Centre (IGC) offers independent advice on economic growth to governments of developing countries and has country programmes in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa including Zambia.
ZIPAR is a socio-economic think-thank established by the Zambian Government. ZIPAR’s mandate is to conduct research and policy analysis in support of evidence based policy formulation, implementation and monitoring by Government, Civil Society, Co-operating partners and the Private Sector.
The question the proposed study seeks to answer is: “what mix of policies would maximise the prospects of good urbanisation that is conducive to the creation of high productivity and better-paid jobs”.
IGC and ZIPAR are seeking researchers who are experts in this field to help answer the question and lead the study. ZIPAR and IGC Zambia Country Economists, in particular, would be available to provide support to the project.

See the document which sets out the proposed broad terms of reference/concept note for the study downloading it here. These Terms of Reference should be seen as a guide.

Please note that the timeline for the project is only tentative and can be adjusted according to the availability of the researcher.
Interested researchers are requested to contact IGC Zambia Country Economist, Miljan Sladoje, on or +260 (0) 972484926. 

AfroShoot is looking for creatives interested in Art and Photography

Are you passionate about Art & Photography and aware of what the art world looks like? - Do you also want to get more involved within the African Diaspora networks in London? AfroShoot is looking for a commited, passionate & reliable person with good organisational skills and willing to experiment new ideas through creativity to start & grow with the project. 

Please get in touch at for more information about the project with a CV & Cover Letter. Please have in mind that the project is at its very beginning so it will be on voluntary basis for the start. 

Permanent Lecturer in African Development - University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is very excited to be recruiting to a permanent lectureship in African Development (a tenure-track equivalent post). The post holder will be joining a large, diverse and vibrant group of core academic staff and postgraduate students in what is one of the largest African Studies centres in Europe. 

For more information click here.

Closing date: Thurs 10th Dec 2015
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