Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

August 21 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Study KiSwahili at Carleton

Study KiSwahili at Carleton

Carleton University is pleased to be once again offering Introductory KiSwahili courses – LANG 1010A, Intro to Language 1: Kiswahili, in the Fall term and LANG 1020A, Intro to Language 1: Kiswahili, in the Winter term.

This language is spoken by around 5 million people as a native language in a number of countries in central and eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It is the second language of some 135 million more, making it the most widely used language in sub-Saharan Africa. This introductory course will cover oral skills as well as basic reading and writing skills. There will also be an important emphasis on cultural practices of Swahili-speaking people. The instructor for the course is Dr. Abdulwahid Mazrui (PhD, Indiana University), co-author of Swahili: A Complete Course for Beginners.

Dr. Mazrui is originally from Zanzibar, Tanzania. He has a BA Education from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and did his PhD in Linguistics with a minor in African Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He has taught KiSwahili both in Zanzibar and Arusha, Tanzania with the U.S. Peace Corps and all levels of KiSwahili (Elementary to Advanced) at Indiana University from 2003-2012.  His research interests are in Sociolinguistics, Second Language Phonology, Second Language Acquisition and African Literature. He is co-author of the popular book, Swahili: A Complete Course for Beginners (2007).

Call For Abstracts: Graduate Student Colloquium in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Call For Abstracts: Graduate Student Colloquium in Migration and Diaspora Studies

We are currently planning a Graduate Student Colloquium in Migration and Diaspora Studies on Friday November 27, 2015. 

If you are interested in presenting your Migration and Diaspora Studies related research, please send a proposal (Title + 350 words abstract + bio) for your paper to Johnny Alam. ( by September 14, 2015.

For additional information, please visit Carleton’s Migration and Diaspora Studies web page.

Field Volunteers Needed: Kenya (Stipends Available)

Field Volunteers Needed: Kenya (Stipends Available)

Peace Brigades International is now recruiting field volunteers for placement in Kenya for 2016!

The deadline to apply is September 17, 2015 for Kenya. Information is available on the PBI website.

This is an incredible, career-making opportunity to provide protective physical and political accompaniment to at-risk human rights defenders. By doing so you will help to deter violence and create space for defenders to continue their critically important work toward peace, justice and human rights.

Specialized training, return flights, room, board, medical insurance, and monthly stipends are provided.

PBI volunteers acquire a broad range of experience, from engaging directly with human rights defenders, to providing capacity-strengthening training on HRD protections and digital security, undertaking research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, writing communications materials, project management, and negotiation and advocacy with the diplomatic corps, national authorities and others.

Please review the application procedures and contact the Kenyan project directly. If you are applying from Canada and are selected for training, please contact PBI-Canada to find out what support can be offered to you.

If you would like to be on the PBI e-mail list to be notified of all calls for volunteer applications in the future, email

Competition Open For Canadians: Commonwealth Scholarships in South Africa/ Lancement de concours pour les Canadiens : Programme de bourses du Commonwealth en Afrique du Sud

Competition Open For Canadians: Commonwealth Scholarships in South Africa/ Lancement de concours pour les Canadiens : Programme de bourses du Commonwealth en Afrique du Sud

A number of scholarships are available through the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) endowment fund for Canadian students at the Master's level who wish to study in South Africa as of January 2016.

The CSFP endowment fund was established to support low and middle income Commonwealth countries wishing to host students from other Commonwealth member countries.

The deadline to submit an application to these scholarships is September 7, 2015

For details about the scholarships currently being offered through the CSFP endowment fund, click here.

Des bourses d'études sont offertes par l'entremise du fonds de dotation du Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) aux étudiants canadiens au niveau de la maîtrise qui souhaitent étudier en Afrique du Sud à partir de janvier 2016.

Le fonds de dotation CSFP a été établi pour aider les pays à faible et à moyen revenu du Commonwealth à accueillir des étudiants provenant d'autres pays membres du Commonwealth.

La date limite pour soumettre une candidature pour ces bourses est le 7 septembre 2015.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les bourses d'études présentement offertes par le fonds de dotation CSFP, visitez Bourses du fonds de dotation .

Ottawa: 13th Dapo Agoro Fun Day!

Ottawa: 13th Dapo Agoro Fun Day!

Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace presents: 

13th Dapo Agoro Fun Day
Saturday 22 August 2015 

Blackburn Community Park
190 Glen Park, behind the Metro

Games and more
Bring the entire family!

Festivities begin at 12.00 noon

Contact info: 613-837-0029 for additional information.

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