Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

December 18 2015


African Studies Newsletter

TODAY-Inspiration 2015

Friday, December 18
7pm – 10pm
523 St. Anthony Street, Ottawa
INSPIRATION 2015! Gems of Saint Lucia and Mags Magazine are delighted to host ‘Inspiration 2015!”.
This year has been an amazing year and we want to gather with our freinds and supporters to celebrate our achievements and to also create more inspiration to help us meet our dreams in 2016. We will have live entertainment from the rising Ottawa Band Nile Grove and Nubia Cermento. There will be amazing inspirational speakers who will share their personal experiences of reaching their dreams. We are also excited to share with you some hightlights of our trip to Kenya. We will launching Gems of Africa and this is a great opportunity for you to know how you can work with us to plan your trip to Kenya in 2016. Tickets: $25. Come and celebrate with us. Enjoy great food, meet great people and dance the night away!

Call for Papers: The Rwandan Genocide in Popular Film

Date: March 18, 2016
Location: United Kingdom
Subject Fields: African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Film and Film History, French History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

This is a call for papers for a new anthology on The Rwandan Genocide in Popular FIlm and how this tragic event has been represented in popular film and documentary.

Through films such as Hotel Rwanda, Shooting Dogs, Shake Hands with the Devil the collection will look to analyse the cultural aftermath of the genocide through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political aftermath of the genocide (both from a Western and African standpoint)? How do these films portray the Tutsi/Hutu peoples and do they call argue for reconciliation as a means of easing the memory of the past. The collection will also look to explore the political climate and the complicity in the massacre by the Rwandan and French authorities.

The collection is looking for scholarly essays on any aspect of the Rwandan Genocide in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered/documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event. Proposals should be sent by March 2016 and completed essays by Summer 2016.

Please send a full abstract and full biography to All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system).

Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and a forthcoming anthology on German actor Klaus Kinski (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which will be published in 2016 by McFarland and Co. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers. 


Please feel free to email the editor with any questions about the anthology.

Contact Info:

Matthew Edwards is a teacher and freelance writer from Cheddar, England. His work has appeared in many publications and books.

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African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Grants

Launched in March 2012, the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) supports independent African research on conflict-affected countries and neighboring regions of the continent, as well as the integration of African knowledge into global policy communities.

The APN promotes the visibility of African peacebuilding knowledge among global and regional centers of scholarly analysis and practical action and makes it accessible to key policymakers at the United Nations and other multilateral, regional, and national policymaking institutions. The APN accomplishes this by facilitating the transformation of the quality and scale of African research and consolidating the contributions of African researchers and analysts, thereby connecting them with other African scholars, policy analysts, practitioners, and networks focusing on issues of peacebuilding, as well as with other policymaking communities around the world.

In order to advance African debates on peacebuilding and promote African perspectives, the APN offers competitive research grants and funds other forms of targeted support, including strategy meetings, seminars, grantee workshops, commissioned studies, and the publication and dissemination of research findings.

Program activities are largely organized in Africa and accomplished through cooperation with African research organizations and networks, such as the African Leadership Centre (ALC) based in Nairobi, Kenya; the Centre for Democracy and Development based in Abuja, Nigeria; and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA) based in Dakar, Senegal. The APN is open to scholars and practitioners from multidisciplinary backgrounds and supports research and networking through its individual and working group grants. Individuals that choose to apply for these programs must be based in African universities, research organizations, and/or policy and practitioner institutions:

  • Individual research grants: supporting up to six months of innovative field-based research in order to produce knowledge that can impact practical actions on peacebuilding initiatives in Africa (Maximum costs: $15,000).
  • Collaborative working group research grants: supporting joint multidisciplinary research teams involving scholars and practitioners at work on a collaboratively framed theme that can lead to direct impact on peacebuilding knowledge, policy, and practice (Maximum costs: $60,000).
  • Book Manuscript Completion Grants: Supporting APN alumni during the completion of a book manuscript based on their APN research (Maximum costs: $10,000).

For more information, click here

Nomvuyo Ngwaxaxa Scholarship

The Nomvuyo (Vuyo) Ngwaxaxa scholarship is for a woman trade union activist/official from the Republic of South Africa to carry out full time post graduate studies for one year on the masters’ degree (MA) in International Labour and Trade Union Studies (ILTUS) at Ruskin College, Oxford. This new scholarship has been founded in the memory of Vuyo whose mission was to encourage women union activists to empower themselves through education. She died much too young but her vision lives on through this scholarship programme.
A second scholarship is also available for a woman trade union activist/official from outside the UK/European Union. The scholarships are available for entry onto the new MA ILTUS programme starting October 2014. The scholarship contributes to tuition fees, accommodation and travel costs. Student visa, and allied costs, must be borne by the successful applicants.
For more information, click here

African History and the History of Development Assistant Professor at University of Toronto-Scarborough

The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the
University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a two-year contractually limited term appointment in
the area of African History and the History of Development (51 % Historical and Cultural Studies / 49% Centre
for Critical Development Studies). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence
July I, 2016 and end on June 30, 2018.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in History, African Studies, and/or Development Studies at the time
of appointment or shortly thereafter. Specific fields of specialization might include the history of capitalist
expansion in Africa, colonialism and development in Africa, rural or urban development, and/or gender, labour
and development in Africa. The Department and the Centre are both committed to collaborative and
interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.
Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research,
including practical experience with innovative research methods. Evidence of research excellence will be shown
through research of an internationally competitive calibre, demonstrated by publications in leading journals in the
relevant field, presentations at significant conferences, awards, and strong endorsements from referees. Evidence
of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and the teaching
dossier/syllabi submitted as part of this application. We also seek someone who will be able to communicate
effectively as an undergraduate teacher and be willing to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department of
Historical and Cultural Studies and the Centre for Critical Development Studies. The successful applicant will
also contribute to the African Studies minor program, which is based in the Department of Historical and Cultural

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply at (Job# 150 1643). Applications
should include a cover letter, a complete and current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching dossier
(including a statement of teaching philosophy and sample syllabi relevant to the position), a statement outlining
current and future research interests. Applicants should also ask three referees to email letters directly to the
Department at
If you have questions about this position, please contact Prof. Donna Gabaccia, Interim Chair, Department of
Historical and Cultural Studies ( or Prof. Paul Kingston, Director, Centre for Critical
Development Studies ( All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to 15 attachments per candidate profile (8.3MB file size limit
per attachment); please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission
guidelines can be found at:

The closing date for applications is February 1,2016. The committee will begin to consider application at that
date and continue until the position is filled.

UTSC is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment and a multicultural student body
speaking a wide range of languages. The university offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in
one of the most diverse cities in the world. Additional information on the Department can be found at on the Centre at http://blog.utsc.utoronto.calidsprogram/

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes
applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities,
members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given

Post-Doc Research: Redressing Sexual Violence in Truth Commissions. The Labelling of Women as Victims and its Social Repercussions

The Center for Conflict Studies is looking to recruit a candidate at the level of post-doc to research in a three-year project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) entitled “Redressing Sexual Violence in Truth Commissions. The Labelling of Women as Victims and its Social Repercussions”, with expertise and sound field research experience in the inter-related fields of transitional justice and gender.

You will carry out research field research in Kenya, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as apply discourse analysis as a methodology to assess the discussions of truth commissions in these countries. You should have an emerging publication record of the highest standards in terms of originality, rigour and significance, as well as a completed PhD in the social sciences.  You will work independently on the project and contribute actively to the life of the Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University Marburg.

Remuneration is according to the German pay band Entgeltgruppe 13 des Tarifvertrages des Landes Hessen (€ 3.500-4.500 gross/month, depending on previous experience).

The successful applicant is expected to move to Marburg and to stark working on 1 April 2016.

To apply for this post, please send a covering letter stipulating your expertise, your CV, a list of publications as well as your academic certificates (all saved as one document) to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 January 2016.

Season’s Greetings from IAS

The Institute of African Studies would like to send you our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!

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