Research Talk with Dr. Bryan Mukandi

The Institute of African Studies and the Department of English invite you to join us on Thurs., Nov. 3rd from 4-6 pm in DT 2017 for a dialogue on the cultural space afforded to Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. A talk by Dr. Bryan Mukandi (School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland) will be followed by a conversation between Dr. Mukandi and Dr. Sarah Brouillette of Carleton’s Department of English. All are welcome. Refreshments to follow.

“That Gurnah, not Ngũgĩ, Won the Nobel Prize: On Taste and Distaste for Africanity”

Please register here by October 17, 2022


 Book launch: Mugabe’s Legacy and New Leaders, New Dawns?

The Institute of African Studies in partnership with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Department of Political Science presents a Book Launch as part of the  KNOWING  AFRICA SEMINAR SERIES:

This event is scheduled on October 19, 2022 from 1:00 to 2:30p, (EST), Dunton Tower 2017 (at Carleton University) and Online

Two new books on southern Africa will be launched and discussed:

Mugabe’s Legacy: Coups, Conspiracies, and the Conceits of Power in Zimbabwe by David Moore   and

New Leaders, New Dawns? South Africa and Zimbabwe under Cyril Ramaphosa and Emmerson Mnangagwa co-edited by Chris Brown, David Moore and Blair Rutherford with David Moore (University of Johannesburg), Linda Freeman (Carleton University), Chris Brown (Carleton University), Brian Raftopoulos (University of Cape Town), Ruth Muramadoro (York University), and Shireen Hassim (Carleton University).

For online participation,  Please Register Here


The Black Studies Podcast  NEW!

The Black Studies Podcast brings together scholars, artists and activists to discuss creative and collaborative knowledge-making.

Episodes in the podcast’s first season include:

Click here for more details.


Call for Submissions – CFP: Nokoko special issue

African Futures: Ambiguities, contentions, and connections in African speculative fiction and beyond.

Important dates: 

Abstracts  due by November 21, 2022.
Draft paper due by April 1, 2023.

The goal of this special issue of Nokoko is to explore the still unfolding discussions around African science and speculative writing and fantasy. The special issue also seeks to examine where futurism rears its head in disciplines beyond Literature.

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Urban & Rural Music in Community: Participatory music-making in Ghana

AFRI 3100/MUSI 3200 Africa Abroad Course in West Africa

                                                                                                     Tentative Dates: May 11-27, 2023

This “Africa Abroad” course   will be based at the West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagbamete, which is founded and directed by Kwasi Dunyo.

Open to Carleton undergraduate students in African Studies, Music and other programs with second year standing or higher. No prior knowledge of music required.


  •      Thursday October 13th @ 5-6pm or
  •      Tuesday October 18th @ 10-11am

LOCATION: History Seminar Room, 436 Paterson Hall

For more information please contact:

Kathy Armstrong

Or the Institute for African Studies

Click here for  more information.


Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022   |   Africa with the Masters Festival

Other events

Oct. 3 – 4, 2022 | Policy panels on gender and public procurement and unpaid care work in East Africa

Oct. 6 , 2022 | Thinking While Black: Translating the Politics and Popular Culture of a Rebel Generation

Oct. 6 – 8, 2022 | Improving Black Health Outcomes Across The African Diaspora

Oct. 12 , 2022 | Africa United as Never Before

Oct. 12, 2022 | FBC Got Talent

Oct. 15-16, 2022  | Diamonds in the Rough: LAUNCH PARTY


Oct. 03, 2022 |Research Opportunity with the African Poetry Book Fund

Oct. 10, 2022 | Assistant Professor in Gender Justice and Health Technology in Africa

Oct. 06, 2022 | Call for proposals: Establishing research chairs on forced displacement in North and West Africa

Nov. 15, 2022 | Assistant Professor in History of Africa, Université de Montréal


May 31 – 3 Jun. 3 2023 Biennial European Conference on African Studies 

Call for papers

Nov. 1, 2022 | AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY (ALT) 41: African Literature in African Languages   Carleton University  and Villanova University

Nov. 16, 2022CFP-African Futures special issue of Nokoko  Institute of African Studies , Carleton University 

Mar. 31- April 2, 2023 |  The 22nd Annual Africa Conference,   University of Texas at Austin

Dec. 01-02, 2024 | International Conference on African Studies and Urban Africa,  Auckland, New Zealand

Quote for the Week

  “No matter how beautiful and well-crafted a coffin might look, it will not make anyone wish for death.”

  —   African proverb