Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

December 11 2015


African Studies Newsletter

TODAY:Yaa-Hemaa Show

Looking forward to the next show!

​Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015
Showtime: 8 p.m.
Location: Cafe Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland Street
Tickets: $10 at the door

Ottawa Kwanzaa Celebration 2015

Kwanzaa Handout Postcard 2015(1)


Yoga Classes For Women Of Colour

Join us for some yoga, some relaxation and some you time! At Upward Dog Yoga Centre on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15.

Please note that unfortunately, we are not able to hold class on Dec. 23rd and Dec. 30th 2015. Classes will resume on January 6th 2016.
Yoga.Unity has a new email! Starting next week, we will be emailing you from For those who have mentioned interest in being notified about women of colour events, you will be receiving email about other events as well.
Our sister Dee will be coordinating the emailing among other things in December! Thank you Dee. So emails will be coming from her from our new email.
We are still offering the free childcare program during classes. For those interested, please contact us at this email or at
What: Yoga.Unity – ‘Building trust, healing & support’, a safer pace for women of colour to engage with yoga;
When : Wednesdays,

Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) – Call for Papers


Conference Theme 2016 – Call for Papers

Canada’s Intellectual Engagement With Africa: Reflections and Projections After 50 Years

Date: 1-3 June 2016
Location: The 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada


The deadline for submitting paper proposals and panel proposals is January 31, 2016. Please submit your proposal to

Important Notice

Please note that there has been a change to CAAS policy. CAAS Conference registration fees now include a mandatory annual membership fee. All presenters at the conference must be members of CAAS. All fees must be fully paid by April 15th or the Organizing Committee will remove non-member participants’ contributions from the program.

Information on registration and membership options will be available on the Congress website,, beginning on January 1st, 2016.

More information

La conférence annuelle de l’Association canadienne des études africaines – Appel à contributions

Thème de la conférence 2016 de l’ACÉA – Appel à contributions

L’engagement intellectuel du Canada en Afrique: Réflexions et projections après 50 ans

Date: Du 1er au 3 juin 2016
Lieu: Congrès des sciences humaines 2016, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date limite

La date limite pour la soumission de vos propositions de communication et de panel est le 31 janvier 2016. SVP, veuillez soumettre votre proposition à

Message important

SVP, veuillez noter que la politique de l’ACÉA a changé. Les frais d’inscription à la conférence de l’ACÉA comprennent maintenant des frais obligatoires d’adhésion annuelle. Tou(te)s les conférencier(e)s doivent être membres de l’ACÉA. Les conférencier(e)s doivent payer tous leurs frais avant le 15 avril. Après le 15 avril le Comité d’organisation supprimera du programme toute contribution de conférencier(e)s qui n’auront pas encore payé leurs frais.

Les options d’inscription et d’adhésion seront disponibles sur le site web du Congrès,, à partir du 1er janvier 2016.

Plus d’information.

Eni Scholarship at St Anthony’s College

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, in partnership with the international integrated energy company Eni, is offering one student from Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, or the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) the opportunity to study for a fully funded degree in 2016/17

This scholarships will allow St Antony’s to admit one of the best African students irrespective of means and will add immeasurably to the diverse and intellectual character of the College. This is part of a joint initiative between Eni & St Antony’s College to invest in and strengthen African leadership.

St Antony’s and Eni are equally keen to provide encouragement and where possible, structured incentives for Eni Scholars to continue their studies or find useful employment back in their home country after graduating from Oxford. Discussions about this are ongoing and scholars will be informed of relevant contacts and partnerships as they emerge.

For more information, click here


The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) announces a small research grants competition for African scholars and/or activists based in Africa. The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars/activists wishing to carry forward a political economy agenda. In response to this, ROAPE is offering up to four small research grants (value £3000). The process of selection of proposals, as well as their expected format, is outlined below.

ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. A political economy approach entails a critical understanding of the social relationships, particularly the power relationships, that mutually constitute the production, distribution and consumption of resources. It requires us to ask who produces what and for whom and hence an investigation into social relations that are generated by struggles over livelihoods and exploitation of the many by the few. Radical political economy represents a form of engagement with those struggles.  ROAPE is listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index and published quarterly by Taylor & Francis. Since 1974 it has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation. For more details about the journal and examples of published articles please go to  A report on the previous round of this competition is available in ROAPE, 140, 2014.


Applicants should be nationals of an African country and residents in an African country. Applicants who are based in or studying outside Africa will not be considered.  Priority will be given to younger scholars/activists who are not yet established. Joint applications which meet these criteria will also be considered.

Application Process: 

Applicants should initially submit their application through googledoc. The address is They will be required to provide :

1. A brief CV, listing the following information: Name; age; sex; contact details; nationality and residence; educational qualifications and/or activist experience; research experience.

2. A brief outline of their research proposal, consisting of:

a. A title.

b. An abstract of no more than 100 words, clarifying the political

economy framing of the research.

c. The methodology to be adopted in the proposed study.

The process of selection of applications: 

A selection panel will be drawn from ROAPE’s Editorial Working Group.

Selection will proceed in two stages. A short list will be drawn up, and those short-listed will be asked to submit a more extended account of their research proposal (no more than 1000 words), under the same headings as above, but expanding on the research problem and the key research questions. It should also include a budget of how the grant would be used. This may include costs incurred for travel, accommodation, subsistence, equipment (for example a voice recorder), research permits, research assistance, and/or photocopying and printing.


The four successful candidates will be offered some limited mentoring to support their efforts. At the end of a one year research period, they must submit a one-page report with a summary account of what has been achieved. The final requirement is to submit for consideration to ROAPE an article (of no more than 8000 words) based on the research funded by the grant. No guarantee of publication can be given, as the article will be peer-reviewed according to the standard procedure followed by the journal.

Payment of the grant:

Grants will be paid in two tranches. Upon acceptance of a research proposal, ROAPE will disburse half of the grant to successful candidates to contribute towards research expenses. The remaining half will be paid to authors following the formal submission of an article to ROAPE.


  1. Deadline for applications: 31 January 2016.
  2. Selection of short list: 1 April 2016 and notification to those selected.
  3. Submission of extended proposals from those short-listed: by 1 June 2016
  4. Selection of successful proposals and notification to authors: 1 July 2016

Payment of first tranche of grant (50%).

5. Start of research period: 1 July 2016

6. Summary Report: by 1 July 2017

7. Formal submission of article to ROAPE and payment of the second

tranche of the grant: no later than 1July 2018.

Communications Intern Opportunity at ACMS

ACMS is seeking a communications intern for three months in 2016


ACMS is seeking a communications intern for three months next year via our partnership with the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium at the University of Sussex.

This internship would be of interest to a recent graduate wanting to combine their research interests in migration with obtaining some experience in research uptake work. Selection will be based on demonstrated experience and skills in the areas of work identified.

The internship offers a modest living allowance for three months, as well as reimbursement of the cost of a direct airfare and pre-departure expenses for a successful applicant based in a province outside of Gauteng or from a foreign country.

South Africans and SADC citizens with permission to reside, study or work in South Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.

IAS News:Dr. Susanne M. Klausen’s Interview on National Women’s Affairs Show


Dr. Susanne M. Klausen was a guest on “Otherwise,” the daily women’s issues show on SAfm (national public radio), last thursday. She spoke about her research on abortion in South Africa.

For the podcast, click here

IAS News: Courses of interest for African Studies, Winter Term 2016

Please go to our website to look at undergraduate and graduate courses concerning Africa and/or its diasporas being offered by the Institute of African Studies and other units for the winter term at Carleton University.

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