Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

April 8 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: “From Climate Change to Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa and Canada”

  • When: May 04, 2016
  • Time: All day
  • Location: River Building
  • Room: 2220-2280
  • Cost: Free

2016 Conference

The Institute of African Studies In conjunction with The Group of African Heads of Mission in Ottawa & NPSIA, BGINS, ASG, Pan-Africa Affairs Division, GAC Present:From Climate Change to Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa and Canada


 Panel 1: Assessing the Effects of Climate Change in Africa: The Unique Impact on Women

Panel 2: Supporting African Innovation: Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Women's Empowerment

Panel 3: Strengthening Canada-Africa Partnerships: Policy Solutions to Building Climate Resilience

Please register on eventbrite .

Event @ Carleton: “Film screening of We Will Win Peace “

Join us for a film screening and expert Q & A on conflict minerals in Democratic Republic of Congo

We Will Win Peace goes behind the scenes of humanitarian advocacy and activism in the United States – via the forests and mines of the eastern Congo – to reveal the limits of good intentions, in an unexpected story that follows the lives of two Congolese miners as they react to the competing pressures placed upon them by Hollywood celebrities, rebel soldiers, student activists, and, ultimately, their own families.

Film screening of We Will Win Peace followed by Q & A with Doris Buss (Law & Legal Studies, Carleton) and Gisèle Eva Côté (Partnership Africa Canada).

  • When: April 21, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Dunton Tower
  • Room: 2017

Co-organized by Partnership Africa Canada and the Institute of African Studies.

More information available here

Event @ Carleton:” African Studies Graduate Student Final Research presentations”

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Students enrolled in their first year of the collaborative master's in African Studies are presenting their research in a PUBLIC PRESENTATION.

Final program.

Please come and hear about some of the exciting research conducted by our students!

Event @ UOttawa: “Conférence internationale/ International Conference”

Conférence internationale/ International Conference (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales/ University of Ottawa)

The States of the Memory of Slavery: International Comparative Perspectives 

La mémoire de l'esclavage dans tous ses états : Perspectives internationales comparées

Organisée par/ Organized by Pr. Abdoulaye Gueye et/ and Pr. Johann Michel


Lieu/Venue: Université d'Ottawa/ University of Ottawa

21-23 avril 2016/ 21-23 April 2016

Pavillon FSS, salle 4004/ FSS building, Room 4004

For more information, click here

Soutiens institutionnels et financiers / Institutional and Financial Supports:

EHESS, TEPSIS ; Institut Universitaire de France ; Université d'Ottawa/ University of Ottawa

African Critical Inquiry Program

Supported by the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund

The African Critical Inquiry Program (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles of public cultural domains and institutions in shaping identities and society in South Africa after colonialism and apartheid. The program has two components:

  • The first, an annual ACIP Workshop in South Africa, provides interdisciplinary, cross-institutional contexts to address issues central to such debate and to develop comparative, critical frameworks that can yield fresh insights, innovative and informed practice, and lively interchange for those working in and on institutions of public culture in Africa.
  • The second component, the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, fosters work by the next generation of scholar-practitioners.

In these ways, ACIP strengthens public scholarship and institutions of public culture in South Africa and enhances our understanding of these vital sites of cultural production and social action. Details about the workshops and research awards will be posted as they become available. 

For more information, click here

Job Opportunities at WoMin

WoMin is recruiting two exciting new regional posts!

WoMin is an emerging women-led, women's rights African alliance working alongside national and regional movements, popular organisations of women and mining-affected communities, and solidarity organisations. We work to expose the impacts of extractivism on peasant and working class women, to counter these destructive trends, and to support organising and movement-building by affected women. Most importantly, we advance an eco-feminist, post-extractivist, women-centred alternative in all of our work.

WoMin is recruiting two new full-time posts based in South Africa, our strong preference, or in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the DRC, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso or Uganda.

A Communications, Solidarity and Alliance Building Coordinator who will work to strengthen the alliance, its visibility and its contribution to movement-building through deepened intra and extra-alliance communications and exchange; powerful solidarity; greater capacity for documentation, writing and critical analysis; and deepened clarity about the alliance, its purpose and ways of working.

For this role, and over and above our general requirements for every post (see end), we are specifically looking for a woman activist:

  • With a minimum of 5 years' experience in one, or preferably a combination, of the following content areas: extractives, energy, climate, trade, globalisation, infrastructure, land/natural resources, human rights and gender justice
  • Who is a critical thinker with a history of working with writing as a tool for organising and building solidarity with people's/women's struggles
  • Who can build, implement and monitor a communications strategy and annual plans within the secretariat and across the alliance
  • Who is a strong analytical writer with the ability to design and implement small-scale qualitative research projects in support of our communications and solidarity efforts
  • With at least 3 to 5 years' experience in communications, alliance building, solidarity and/or writing mentorship/support and
  • Who is comfortable and proficient in a range of social media: FB, twitter, YouTube etc.

A Projects Coordinator – Militarisation and Violence Against Women/Consent and Just Development Alternatives who will work with WoMin's allies to build powerful exploratory eighteen month to two-year projects on the mentioned themes. This experience will inform longer-term scaled-up work in partnership with national, regional and international allies. This role is experimental and will require a high level of creativity and dynamism in the incumbent we recruit. The position will be implemented alongside research consultants and a full-time intern, and with the support of other WoMin staff with the necessary expertise. Most of the work will be implemented by national allies and so the role is very much one of coordination and support.

For this role, we are specifically searching for a woman activist with:

  • A minimum of five years' experience in one of the following content areas: extractives, violence against women, human rights, militarisation/repression/peace work
  • At least three to five years' experience in programmes/projects development, management and coordination
  • A proven history of conceptualising, overseeing and managing research projects
  • The proven ability to write reports, concept notes and proposals, and analytical pieces
  • Experience in participatory meeting and training methodologies
  • A minimum two to three-year track record of fundraising and donor management.

WoMin's general requirements of all applicants for any post:

  • An activist who has worked in and navigated the dynamics and politics of complex networks, movements and/or alliances
  • A person with a history of concrete support to organising and movement-building
  • A women's rights activist with a proven history of tangible work to advance women's rights
  • A team player who meets deadlines, is able to problem-solve with others, is open to learning and is able to work with full accountability to peers, alliance members and the WoMin Director.

We are highly committed to recruiting black African women with origins in Southern, East or West Africa. The candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English, and the same fluency in either French or Portuguese would be highly desirable, but is not a requirement for either post.

For more information on WoMin and these exciting new positions, please visit: and

Interested candidates may submit a CV, letter of motivation and contacts for three referees to by Friday 29 April 2016. Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Opportunity at Trent University

The Department of History at Trent University invites applications for a nine-month limited-term position in African History (subject to budgetary approval) at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 1, 2016. The candidate should have a completed PhD in History at the time of appointment. The Department of History combines strong research with an emphasis on high quality teaching. The person chosen will teach mainly at the main campus, located in Peterborough, but also in our Oshawa campus.

The successful candidate will teach in Peterborough two specialized second year half courses (Modern Africa before 1800; Modern Africa since 1800), a third year half course (Southern Africa in the Twentieth Century), plus participate in a first year introduction to world history course (The Days that Shook the World: Terror in History). A fourth year full seminar course (Rebellions and Civil Wars in Sub-Sahara Africa) will be taught in Oshawa.

We ask that all application materials be sent electronically. Please send applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and scans of official teaching evaluations if available (no selections or personally made summaries) to, with "Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez, Chair" as the subject line. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference sent by your referees (preferably from academic email addresses) directly to the same email address. References that have been sent for summer teaching positions can be re-used upon request. All email received will be acknowledged. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30, 2016.

Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez, Chair of History,

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from qualified candidates from the following groups: women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Indigenous persons.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Rift Valley Institute Field Courses 2016

The Rift Valley Institute's field courses on the Great Lakes,  Sudan and South Sudan,  and the Horn of Africa  will take place this year from June to July in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia, on the shores of Lake Tana. Now in their thirteenth year, the courses provide a basis for understanding the current political and developmental challenges in the region. They are taught by teams of leading specialists – from the region and beyond – and offer a unique opportunity to spend time with an outstanding group of specialists, away from routine distractions. RVI courses are designed for researchers, policy-makers, development workers, activists, journalists and investors – for new arrivals in the region and those already working there who wish to deepen their knowledge and network with other key actors working in the field. 

A dawn to dusk programme of seminars, lectures, group discussions and special events examines the key political, economic, environmental and cultural features of the three sub-regions. Participants are provided with space to question and debate the impact of past and present policy interventions and consider the possible future trajectories of each of these sub-regions. 

The cost of each course is USD 4,100. The fee covers tuition, seven nights' full board and accommodation, special events, local transport and advance course literature. Participants on the courses are eligible for three optional graduate-level credits in the US tertiary education system. 

To apply online – and to obtain further information on courses, teachers, and locations- please visit For a general introduction to RVI Courses and further information about the syllabus, please see the attached prospectus and flyer. Applications close on 30 April, you can apply online here.

IAS News: Summer courses relevant to African Studies

Please find below a listing of African Studies courses being offered in the Spring and Summer term as well as other courses concerning Africa or the African diasporas.

AFRI 1001 A Intro to African Studies IEbere Ahanihu,  0.5 credits

AFRI 1002 A Intro to African Studies IIToby Moorsom, 0.5 credits

AFRI 2003 A Great Lakes Region of AfricaDecky Kipuka Kabongi, 0.5 credits

AFRI 3100  A African Studies Abroad: Selected Topic, Paul Mkandawire, 0.5 credits (Course takes place in Malawi)

AFRI 3900  A Placement, 0.5 credits

GEOG 2200: Global Connections, Andy Kusi-Appiah, 0.5 credits

HIST 2706A: Ancient and Pre-Colonial Africa, Dr. Mohamed Ali, 0.5 credits

HIST 2707A: Modern Africa, Dr. Mohamed Ali, 0.5 credits

HIST 2710O: Introduction to Caribbean History (CUOL), Dr. Audra Diptee, 0.5 credits

More information here.

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