Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

December 04 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Noble Women of Ottawa Fashion Show/Dinner/Dance

Saturday, December 5
7:00pm – 1:00am
St. Geneviève Church Parish Hall, 2210 Arch Street (at Canterbury Ave.)


Featuring authentic African cuisine, designer showcase, raffle prizes and music by Montreal’s DJ Khalid. Cash bar. Dress code: formal (no sportswear, jeans etc.). Tickets: $35 advanc / $40 at door (adults), $15 (children 5-12yrs). For info and tickets:, 613-261-8654; 613-296-5616

The Network of Black Business and Professional Women’s Fifth Annual Christmas Cocktail Evening

The Network of Black Business and Professional Women is proud to host its Fifth Annual Christmas Cocktail Evening.


The Network of Black Business & Professional Women,
in collaboration with our Honorary Patrons
Her Excellencies:
Florence Chideya, Ambassador for Zimbabwe to Canada; Dr. Mathabo Tsepa, High Commissioner for Lesotho to Canada; Yvonne Walkes, High Commissioner for Barbados to Canada; Janice Miller, High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada and Birtukan Ayano Dadi, Ambassador for Ethiopia to Canada.
Invites you to our 5th Annual Christmas Cocktail Evening
On Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Public Service Alliance of Canada
233 Gilmour Street
Main Floor – JK Wyllie Room
Ottawa, Ontario

Parking: Street and nearby lots.
Members: $20
Non-Members: $30
Children under 12: $10

Buy your tickets now and save!

Your family is our family. Come! Connect! Inspire!


RSVP by Friday December 11th at 8:00 pm as there’s limited space (click here to RSVP, or contact

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton:The contribution of martial arts in the social development of Ethiopians and Africans

Martial Arts in Ethiopia
  • When: December 09, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institute of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 x 2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a talk entitled “The contribution of martial arts in the social development of Ethiopians and Africans” on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 pm in 433 Paterson Hall (History Lounge) with Dr. Tsegaye Degineh.

Dr. Tsegaye Degineh is an Ethiopian-German with a 5th degree black belt in JuJitsu. He’s also the Vice President of the Ju-Jitsu African Union, a Project Management specialist and a Diversity manager. Over the last decade, Dr. Degineh has diligently worked to establish the development of Judo and JuJitsu in Ethiopia. His presentation will highlight the many challenges, opportunities and milestones that have been reached both in Ethiopia (and Africa) in developing these amateur combat sports. Also, he’ll share what motivated him to pursue this initiative in Ethiopia, along with the contributions of Judo and JuJitsu to the youth and social development of Ethiopians and Africans.

Dr. Tsegaye Degineh along with Mr. Hannes Daxbacher, the former Technical Director of the German Judo Federation and member of the International Judo Federation’s Military and Police Commission are both subjects in a documentary on the development of Judo and JuJitsu in Ethiopia, by Canadian documentary filmmaker Garmamie Sideau. A short trailer of the documentary also will be shown along with a few words from Garmamie Sideau, followed by a Q&A session.

For event poster

REMINDER-Event @ uOttawa: Impact of Documentaries and Mobile Cinema in Africa

Our films and workshop on Saturday, December 5th, including a contribution by  Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) and representing the IAS, Carleton University.

The workshop on Saturday early afternoon should be especially interesting with the Film-maker sharing her experience and views.

It’s open to the public and FREE!

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 1 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall | FTX570

The Impact of Documentaries and Mobile Cinema in Africa

with Femke van Velzen

Femke will talk about her experience as a film maker, on how to make a documentary, and will provide tips and tricks such as how to get funding for such initiative, etc. She will also develop on the impact of documentaries and outreach campaigns.

This workshop is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IFPRODUCTIONS.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Beyond Boundaries”

MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, 25-26 February 2016


Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York


Submission Deadline:  1 January, 2016


Submission instructions:


Keynote Speaker: Talal Asad


The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2016, which will take place on 25-26 February, at Columbia University. We invite graduate students of all disciplines and stages of study related to the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa to present their latest research to a supportive, critical audience.


We are very happy to announce that Prof. Talal Asad will be our keynote speaker.


A core aspect of the intellectual community at MESAAS lies in its aspiration to move beyond regional and disciplinary divisions. While many of us are grounded in a specific region or discipline, we all benefit from exploring questions that are echoed in the work of colleagues who study neighboring regions and fields.


We therefore especially encourage submissions that can contribute to our collective interdisciplinary and interregional perspective. We also welcome submissions from students whose work, though grounded in a particular field, aims to examine the conceptual grounding of that field and its theoretical assumptions and methods.


This year’s themes for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:


  • Literatures and aesthetics
  • Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary
  • Genealogies of the political
  • Religious studies
  • Histories, disciplinary and subaltern


Students interested in presenting a paper should submit a 300 word abstract through the conference website: by January 1st, 2016.


Notifications will be sent in early February.
For other inquiries, please contact us via:

Call for Proposals: Innovation, transformation, and sustainable futures in Africa


PAPERS (Due 10 January 2016)

Papers should report original research, reflect on theoretical concerns, present methodological advances, or offer other insights that contribute to— and broaden— our understanding of innovation, transformation, and/or sustainable futures in Africa. Papers should present new perspectives, developments, and work within the social sciences and humanities while demonstrating the links between these new perspectives and existing literatures and debates. We encourage perspectives from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as, anthropology, sociology, history, geography, and political science. Photographs and illustrations are welcome (authors are responsible for clearing permissions).

Guidelines for Submissions

Abstracts may be submitted in English or French
Abstracts should include a title and outline the full paper
Include references to relevant literature or other types of previous work
Abstracts can be up to 500 words, not including references
All materials must be included in a single PDF or Word Document

FLASH PRESENTATIONS (Due 10 January 2016)

Presentations are a rapid-fire, engaging performance of 15 image-rich slides. Each slide shows for exactly 20 seconds before automatically moving to the next. Total presentation time is a speedy 5 minutes. They are poetry delivered with a punch. When reviewing your abstracts, we look for the visual and verbal promise to surprise, provoke, evoke or simply take a stand. All submissions are blind-reviewed for originality, passion, point of view and relevance to the 2016 conference theme

Guidelines for Submission

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French
  • Include abstract of up to 250 words that briefly describes your overall concept as well as how your visual and verbal narratives will unfold
  • Include 5 images that you intend (and have the right permissions) to use in your presentation
  • Include NO references to the author’s identity (to facilitate blind peer review)
  • All materials must be included in a single PDF or Word document. Do not submit additional files.


WORKSHOPS (Due 10 January 2016)

Workshops will take place on the last day of the conference, Saturday, 4th June. Workshops are intended to provide a small-group forum for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, fostering conversation and research communities, learning from each other, exploring controversies, engaging in debate, envisioning future directions and elaborating new methods and perspectives. Workshop activities can range from open forum discussion, to demonstrations or presentations with discussion, to collaborative activities such as structured brainstorming, illustrative games or role-plays. Whatever the focus or format, organizers will be required to schedule time for conversation, reflection, discussion, and debate.


Guidelines for Submissions

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French
  • summary of 500 words describing the theme(s) of the workshop
  • longer detailed description of the workshop structure, activities and specific objectives (“by the end of this session, participants will be able to…”)
  • the names, contact information and background of the organizer(s)
  • the maximum number of participants you’d like to attend the workshop
  • anticipated A/V requirements
  • Workshop participants will be registered on a first come first served basis by the conference committee, so the workshop organizers will not be able to select their participants.


POSTERS / ARTIFACTS (Due 13 March 2016)

The posters / artifacts offer the opportunity to have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. The audience circulates among the posters / artifacts, stopping to discuss topics of particular interest to them. A visual medium, posters/artifacts involve a free-standing display, approximately 4′ high x 8′ wide/1.2 m high x 2.4 m wide free-standing bulletin board; or when necessary an appropriately sized table for a presented artifact. Alternatively, presenters may use a computer display to show multi-media and interactive materials. In this Poster/Artifact category, presenters can also offer design sketchbooks, short films, and conceptual objects. We encourage submissions that are thought provoking and visually engaging, and which cover exploratory/speculative work, smaller projects, unusual representations of ethnographic work, and so on. The form of the presented materials is open. We encourage submissions based on some material instantiation that can be exhibited at the conference. Our hope is that it will be the “thinginess” of the artifacts that will, in part, prompt interaction with and between conference attendees.


Guidelines for Submissions

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French
  • Single page describing or illustrating the proposed submission (the one page inclusive of any and all figures and references, where appropriate).
    • This page should convey to reviewers what the artifact being submitted is and how it is hoped to provoke discussion. The page will also be included in the published conference proceedings.
  • Paragraph and image (no more that 150 words) that can be displayed on the conference website.


ROUNDTABLE (Due 13 March 2016)

The roundtable provides a format to discuss critical social issues affecting anthropology. No papers are presented in this format. The organizer will submit an abstract for the roundtable but participants will not present papers or submit abstracts. A roundtable presenter is a major role, having the same weight as a paper presentation. All organizers and roundtable presenters must register.

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French
  • Abstracts should include a title and outline the full roundtable
  • Abstracts should be 500 words
  • All materials must be included in a single PDF or Word document


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