Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

February 26 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: Book Launch of Calypso Jews with Author Sarah Casteel


Sarah Waisvisz

PhD ’14, Department of English

Carleton University

Gabrielle Etcheverry

PhD ’15, School of Canadian Studies

Carleton University

Sponsored by:

The Institute of African Studies

The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture

Department of English

Carleton University – 1125 Colonel By Drive. Room 433 (History Lounge), Patterson Hall. Ottawa, ON CA


Civil perspectives in the area of civil liberties

Speakers: Sadia Jama, MSc Anti-Carding Action Project, Yavar Hameed, LLB Hameed Law, David Moffette, PhD University of Ottawa

March 1, 2016

7:-00pm – 9:00pm Dalhousie Community Centre


Please see attached poster for more information.

Dueling Pianos

TD proudly sponsors Dueling Pianos
Presented by Thunder Dome Sounds 

In support of 

Part of TD Bank 2016 Black History Month series  

Oxfam Canada supports social justice in Canada and around the world. Please join us in honouring Black History Month with Juno award recipient Eddie Bullen and his son Quincy Bullen, Dueling Pianos, a dynamic range of musical pieces with a powerful message that covers several genres, jazz, classical, popular, and Caribbean beats.

  • Event date: Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Event time: Concert begins at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) purchase your tickets
  • Location: Cathedral Hall, 414 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON
  • Tickets: $25
  • Limited free parking available

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton:”Human Rights and The Public Sphere in Africa Conference”

The Institute of African Studies – in conjunction with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa – is pleased to announce its 2016 annual conference:Theme: “Human Rights and the Public Sphere in Africa”

Date:  March 4 – 5, 2016.

Venue: Carleton University, River Building Room 2220

Time: March 4 (Keynote Lecture: 5:30 pm)&  March 5 (Conference Day: 8: 45 am)

This international and interdisciplinary conference intends to facilitate scholarly discussions on the challenges, opportunities, and debates facing the promotion and effective realization of human rights in Africa. Panels include:“Human Rights in Africa and African Human Rights: Retrospective and Perspective,”

“Alternative Approaches to Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Africa”

“Development and Human Rights in Africa”

“Human Rights and African Regional Integration Projects”

“Health and Human Rights in Africa”
The keynote lecture, “Ethnicity, Identity, and Human Rights in Africa”, will be delivered by Ato Quayson, one of Africa’s most influential cultural theorists, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto. Panels feature acclaimed scholars from Canadian Universities, United Nations officials, and practitioners from Canada, the United States, and Europe.

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton:The Indocile Image-A Retrospective and a Symposium on the Cinema of Med Hondo

Carleton University Film Studies and World Cinema Forum Present

The Indocile Image

A Retrospective and a Symposium on the Cinema of Med Hondo

A Pioneer of African Cinema

6 Days-6 Films

A Two-Day Symposium

February 22-27, 2016

Med Hondo in person


Film Screenings: All films will be introduced and discussed by Director Med Hondo

Friday, February 26, 8pm- River Building 2200- West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty (1979) (113 min)

Saturday, February 27, 6.30pm-River Building 2200- Fatima the Algerian Woman of Dakar (2004) (89 min)

International Symposium on the Cinema of Med Hondo

Friday, February 26

3pm- St. Patrick’s 100 –Opening and Keynote Lecture by Dr. Robert Rosenstone

4pm-Carleton University Art Gallery-Opening Reception

Saturday, February 27, 9am-5pm-St. Patrick’s 100-All-Day Symposium

Participants: Robert Rosenstone (California Institute of Technology), Phil Rosen (Brown University), Mbye Cham (Howard University), Frank Ukadike (Tulane University), Sheila Petty (University of Regina), Jude Akudinobi (University of Santa Barbara), Mourad El Fahli (Sidi Mohamed Ben AbdellahUniversity).

Governance Research Program-International Conference On Security regimens in Africa

Date: 21-23 September 2016 Venues: Bamako, Mali

Application deadline: 31 MARCH 2016

Since its creation in 1973 CODESRIA has supported work on the broad theme of governance that has led to pioneering insights into the political economy of African countries and their location in a changing world. The goals of the program combine advancement in our understanding of the intricacies of governance in Africa and the provision of insights that can inform policy and practice.

Many African countries have experienced recent attacks by fundamentalist groups on establishments including educational institutions, hotels and public transportation systems that have transformed these groups, in the minds of many, into the epitome of the evolving panoply of threats to lives, societies and institutions faced by these countries. The spectacular and gory nature of violence by these groups and the sometimes unpredictable nature of its victims have led to heated debates over the causes and effects of these threats and the best ways of dealing with them. Also evident in many countries is a hasty move toward praxis in the form of the search for security solutions.

Responses have included the creation and improvement of stand-by and rapid reaction forces, joint task forces, the creation of special forces and intelligence agencies, general security sector reforms and the massive and, sometimes, highly visible deployment of securitypersonnel and systems. These processes of securitizing life and society can be thought of as part of a wider process of fabricating and consuming security regimens in Africa. These have over time included the propagation of home security systems, the acquisition of exotic purebred guard dogs by the more valiant, the sprouting of fenced and guarded residential estates across the African landscape and the proliferation of private security agencies in many

CODESRIA’s conference on ‘Security regimens in Africa’ posits processes of securitizationas regimens that are performed in manifold ways and for which the need, want and desire are, sometimes deliberately created. They are also regimens that can take a multiplicity of forms, that have a diverse set of meanings and that produce a host of effects on society. The ‘problems’ they ‘respond to’ are numerous and changing with causes and manifestations that run from the local and national to the regional and international. Proceeding from this standpoint the conference seeks to bring together a group of scholars and practitioners to reflect on these processes from multiple disciplinary and methodological standpoints that stand to bring new insights to a much studied.area. In the selection process, works that are sensitive to the histories of African countries and societies and that aspire to theoretical innovation while rooted in rigorous empirical research will be privileged.

For more information in English, click here.

For more information in French, click here

CODESRIA Symposium on Gender: Call for Applications – Session 2016

Topic: Women’s Struggles Today

Date: 9-10th May, 2016th
Venue: Cairo, Egypt

DEADLINE for application: 25 March 2016

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) announces the organization of the CODESRIA Gender symposium on 9 – 10 May in Cairo, Egypt. This year, the topic of the annual forum will be “Women’s Struggles Today”.

For more information in English, click here.

For more information in French, click here.


Job opportunity:Project Officer, Global Program with CAM

Québec – MontrealTitle: Project Officer for South Sudan – Global Program / Chargé(e) de projet Soudan du sud –  programme international

Reports to: Director Global Program


The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national professional association representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. CAM is staffed by a team of enthusiastic individuals dedicated to providing support for midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada and globally.

Job Summary

The Project Officer will coordinate the planning, implementation, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the CAM’s role in the Strengthening Midwifery in South SudanPhase 2 Project. This 5-year project (2016-2020) is funded by Global Affairs Canada and led by UNFPA. CAM will be an implementing partner.

For more information, click here

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