Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

February 5 2016


African Studies Newsletter

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.

Events @ Carleton: CU Black History Month 2016: IT’S LIT

Hosted by CUSA REC Hall

Join us in celebrating Black History Month 2016 at Carleton University, in FREE events all month long! These events are open to the public- we look forward to meeting you all.

FEBRUARY 6: Scandal Day – 11 AM, 316 UC
A viewing of various episodes of Scandal will take place where a quick discussion on themes such as black love and feminism shall follow. Refreshments will be served of course! This event is free of charge.

FEBRUARY 6th: BEY BEY vs. Rihanna Dance Party – Babylon Nightclub

FEBRUARY 8th: Monday, February 8th: We’re Not All In This Together: An Into to Anti-Blackness in Queer Communities (Facilitated by Naomi Martey) 3PM I 427 UC (GSRC)

Encouraged by the exquisite wisdom of Queer Black teachers before us, this workshop works to unveil and challenge the anti-Blackness that is foundational to many facets of queer identity as we know it today. Through looking at culture, bodies, labour, and (dis)comfort, it is hoped that participants can better understand the violence enacted against Black people in queer circles and discover ways to disrupt said violence in their day-to-day lives.

This workshop is intended to be an interactive and healing space for Black folks and a learning space for all others. Please come prepared to reorient your understanding of community and just what safety looks like when practiced to a fuller extent. Naomi is a Black, queer, Ghanaian girl currently living and working on the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River (known as Toronto). For work, she acts as the Services Coordinator for the LGBT Youth Line where she gets to spend her days hanging out with awesome youth and swapping skills. In her organizing, she is occupied with issues of Black identity, femininity, diapora, and the multifaceted ways we can build with the knowledge our experiences give us. When she has a moment to herself, she’ll read some sci-fi, get killer nails, and nag her parents to eat better.

FEBRUARY 8th: Cuffing Season Discussion – 6 PM 316 UC
A discussion on the mystical “cuffing season”. Themes discussed will include politics of black love, dating interracially and whether there are positive or negative affects of dating during this time of the year. Delicious treats will be served. This event is free of charge.

FEBRUARY 8th: Spades presents: Breakaway African Fashion Show – 8 PM, UC Galleria/Atrium

FEBRUARY 9th: Fem(me) Talk – 6 PM, 314 UC
A discussion on womanism, “wokeness” and whether or not a situation involving such themes warrants the right to be petty. Warning: shade (and snacks) will be served, so come prepared! This event is free of charge.

FEBRUARY 10th: Navigating Queer Spaces Discussion: My Black Queer Identity – 6PM, 427 UC (This event is open for those who identify as black and queer)

FEBRUARY 10th: Displacement in the Diaspora Discussion – 6 PM, TBD

FEBRUARY 11th: Africa Talks: Women, and LGBTTQ+ in Africa and its Diaspora- 6 PM, UC Atrium

FEBRUARY 12th: NEPA – 9PM, Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre.
Carleton University’s Nigerian Student Association Presents NEPA 2016. NEPA is an annual event organised by the Carleton University Nigerian Student Association.It is a fun- filled event that brings students together to enjoy sizzling performances and dance to Nigerian, African and other genres of music.

FEBRUARY 13th: Netflix and Chill: #blacklove Edition, 11 AM, 314 UC

FEBRUARY 22nd: Hip Hop Karaoke – 830 PM, Rooster’s

FEBRUARY 23rd: Netflix and Chill: Paris is Burning, 6 PM, 314 UC

FEBRUARY 23rd: Southern Hospitality- 830-10 PM, Rooster’s
A poetry and music night celebrating the soulful spirit of the southern United States. Soul food will be served. This event is free of charge.

FEBRUARY 24th: BHM SHOW 2016: IT’S LIT! 8-10 PM, UC Galleria/Atrium

FEBRUARY 25th&26th: Hip Hop Feminism – Theory of Hip Hop 630-9 PM, TBD
This edition of Hip Hop Feminism will focus on the commodification of hip hop, blackness and culture. With specific focus on queer black history, this discussion will explore black queer erasure within hip hop culture and the politics of appropriation.

Dope events brought to you by CUSA REC Hall and the following service centres and clubs and socities: CUSA Womyn’s Centre, CUSA Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, Institute of African Studies Student Association, CUBSA – Carleton University Black Student Alliance and ROOTS.

Any questions or accessibility concerns should be forwarded to where we will be more than happy to assist you.


Event @ Carleton: “Hashtags Can’t Resuscitate: Reproductive Justice and Black Masculinity”

Monday, February 8, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, DT 2017


I as a man of color do not have the right to seek to know in what respect my race is superior or inferior to another race. I recognize that I have one right alone: that of demanding human behavior from the other. There is no white world, there is no white ethic…(Fanon, 1967: 228 – 229)

Black lives matter.  Especially when you’re a mother worried about reproductive justice issues that extend beyond a woman’s right to choose to the right to parent without fearing that your child will be in danger or killed.  The presentation is about the anxieties I have about raising a black toddler son as a Nigerian immigrant mother who is a feminist. Part of the anxieties has arisen due to recent shootings of black males by police in the US and the excessive racial profiling of black males in Canada. Accordingly, I am concerned about how to raise him – on the one hand, I am trying to avoid caving in to discourses of racial “uplift”, and on the other hand, I am trying to ensure that he is not too hypersensitive to race from an early age (in terms of how I engage in teaching him about race and how to analyse what he perceives to be discriminatory attitude). The presentation also centers on how I have negotiated the tension and distinction between black masculinity and African masculinity and how this divide sometimes impedes allyship. In the spirit of Black History Month and hopes for a better feminist future, I reflect on the importance of solidarity, the interconnectedness of oppressions and the need for testimonial witnessing and humanization as key steps towards social justice.


Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin has a BA Hons in Global Development Studies and Psychology and a Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University. She recently obtained her PhD in Gender, Feminist and Women’s studies from York University. Grace is currently an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University and is working on a book project on globalization, gender and the postcolonial politics of urbanism in Nigeria.

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Event @ Carleton:”Hip Hop culture in the African diaspora: Special film screening and Q&A “

There will be a special film screening and Q&A exploring the roots and routes of Hip Hop culture in the African diaspora.

When: February 09, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: The Minto Centre, Carleton University

Room: 5050

Cost: FREE



‘The Hustlers’ Convention was profoundly influential. It was a sort of verbal Bible to understand the streets. Jalal’s story needs to be told. It’s a missing piece of Hip Hop culture.’

– Chuck D, Executive Producer, Hustlers’ Convention

This is a truly global story. Rap, as a key part of Hip Hop culture, has changed the world. It has given a voice to people across the globe and yet, this crucial aspect of the arts origin is missing from history. We want to change that.’

-Mike Todd, Filmmaker and Founder of the Creative Development Project (a joint initiative with the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester)
Explore the roots and routes of hip hop culture in The Hustlers’ Convention and a follow-up Q&A featuring the subject of the film, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (a.k.a. “Lightnin’ Rod”, founding member of the legendary Last Poets), and Associate Producer Malik Al Nasir (a protégé of both Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets).

The Hustlers’ Convention is a unique recording that, in the course of the past four decades, has attracted new generations of fans. It has now emerged from the archives in a new feature documentary that received critical and popular acclaim at its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in November 2015.

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Théâtre: Le lilas africain

Mercredi 10 au samedi 13 février: 20h00
Dimanche 14 février : 14h00
Studio Léonard-Beaulne du Département de théâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa
(135, rue Séraphin-Marion)
Théâtre: Le lilas africain
(traduction de la pièce The Syringa Tree de Pamela Gien par Sasha Dominique). Le Théâtre de Dehors en collaboration avec l’artiste Sasha Dominique est fier de présenter à Ottawa la première mondiale francophone de la pièce Le lilas africain, un morceau d’anthologie portant sur l’Afrique du Sud. En 2009, Sasha Dominique a assisté à une représentation en anglais de cette pièce et elle est tombée sous le charme du texte et du défi que cela représente pour une comédienne : seule en scène pendant 1h40 à interpréter une vingtaine de personnages âgés de 3 à 82 ans, par la versatilité de la voix et du corps.
BILLETS: 25 $ pour les adultes; 20 $ pour les étudiants

Journée spéciale sénégalaise

Samedi 13 février 2016
de 15 h à 21 h
Maison du citoyen, salle des Fêtes, 25, rue Laurier
L’Association des Sénégalais de la capitale nationale (ASCN) vous invite à une journée spéciale sénégalaise le 13 février à la salle des Fêtes de la Maison du citoyen.
De 13 h à 15 h : Exposition d’œuvres d’art, de livres et de gastronomie sénégalaise.
De 15 h à 18 h : Projection du film Africom Go Home suivie d’une conférence qui sera présentée par Aziz Salmone Fall sur le thème L’histoire et l’évolution de la présence militaire impérialiste et néocoloniale en Afrique sur les 50 ans : la nécessité de la résistance panafricaine et internationaliste et la repolitisation démocratique de notre jeunesse.
Aziz Salmone Fall est un politologue internationaliste d’origine sénégalaise et égyptienne. Il enseigne les sciences politiques, l’anthropologie, les relations internationales et le développement international à l’université McGill et à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ancien coordonnateur du Réseau québécois contre l’apartheid, il est fondateur et membre du GRILA (Groupe de recherche et d’initiative pour la libération de l’Afrique) dans lequel il coordonne, avec un collectif de 21 avocats et avocates, des personnalités et divers organismes, la première campagne internationale africaine contre l’impunité dans l’affaire du président Thomas Sankara.
De 19 h à 21 h : Spectacle musical avec le chanteur et « ambianceur » Bamba Diaw de Montréal et son équipe composée du virtuose de la guitare Assane Seck et du choriste Sadio Cissoko.
Coût : 20 $
Renseignements : Babacar Ba,, 819 210-074

Distinguished Speaker Series at University of Ottawa

Seminar – 9 February 2016 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)
Hosted by:

Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society / Open AIR et le Centre de recherche en droit, technologie et société d’Université d’Ottawa


University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa
Room/Salle 302, Fauteux Hall (57 Louis-Pasteur)

Redefining Intellectual Property Progress
Speaker: Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu, J.D., LL.M,
Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University

International intellectual property debates have been framed as protection versus access, and profits over people. A related line of inquiry asks whether copyright and patent laws should primarily serve the interests of the individual right holder or the public. To some extent, this question of whether to prioritize the individual or prioritize society aligns with the natural rights versus utilitarian dichotomy. Without useful metrics, it is difficult to make and evaluate intellectual property policy on a global scale. This paper contemplates human development as a metric for intellectual property policy in African countries, regardless of whether one adopts a utilitarian or natural rights framework for patent and copyright law. Human development is a standard that can be measured by using the United Nations Human Development Index, or a similar methodology. It is a relevant standard for African countries because it advances economic development, as well as social and cultural development.

Open AIR et le Centre de recherche en droit, technologie et société d’Université d’Ottawa
La série des conférenciers distingués

Redéfinir le progrès de la propriété intellectuelle
Conférencière : Professeure Janewa Osei-Tutu, J.D., LL.M,
Professeure adjointe en droit, Florida International University

Les débats internationaux concernant la propriété intellectuelle ont été encadrés comme la protection contre l’accès, et les profits supérieurs aux personnes. Un champ d’enquête connexe demande si le droit des brevets et le droit d’auteur devraient servir principalement les intérêts du titulaire du droit ou du public. Jusqu’à un certain point, cette question de mettre soit l’individu ou la société en priorité aligne avec la dichotomie de droits naturels et l’utilitaire. Sans l’utilisation des métriques, c’est difficile d’évaluer la politique de la propriété intellectuelle à l’échelle internationale. Ce papier envisage le développement humain comme une métrique pour la politique de la propriété intellectuelle dans les pays africains, peu importe si l’on adopte un cadre utilitaire ou de droits naturels pour le droit des brevets et le droit d’auteur. Le développement humain est un niveau qui peut être déterminé par utiliser l’Indice de développement humain des Nations Unies ou par une méthodologie similaire. C’est un niveau pertinent pour les pays africains parce que cela avance le développement économique, et aussi le développement social et culturel.

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Mercury Lounge & Tribal Threat present :BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEATURE

Saturday, February 6th

With Tribal Threat alongside Trevor Walker
Visuals by Matt Cameron
Live Percussion by Jesse Matthews
A night full of Afro, Latin, Brazilian and house roots music from all across the world! This event explores how fundamental components of music such as drums, vocals, chants have been a very significant part of our musical history, and we strive to show how that history can still be relevant to how we listen to music today, and how it has developed over time.

About the Black History month at the club:
Mercury Lounge in collaboration with the Ottawa International Music Conference – OIMC, CKCUfm and Tribal Threat DJs present: Black History Month, showcasing two nights of performances at our 21st century Soul Club.

Black History Month also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora

We would like to take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Musicians, who have done so much to our culturally diverse and prosperous Nation, During Black History Month we will showcase a few nights
Highlighting the Music of these talented artists and its history.

Show Map

Mercury Lounge

56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N7A2
$10 at the door
Doors at 10pm

REMINDER- Event @ Carleton: “History, memory and refugee resettlement”

  • When: February 24, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433 (History Lounge)
  • 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 Brownbag Seminar talk entitled “History, memory and refugee resettlement” with Andriata Chironda, PhD candidate, Department of History, Carleton University

International Conference on (Re)making bodies: The structures and dynamics of aesthetics and aspirations in an evolving Africa

Application deadline: 15 March 2016

Number of visits: 43

International Conference

Date: 23-25 August 2016
Venue: Casablanca, Morocco

CODESRIA’s Program on Humanities seeks to foster work in the Humanities and engender conversations between scholars in the Humanities and the Social Sciences on themes of interest to the Council with the goal of producing theoretical and conceptual insights that often escape lenses peculiar to any one of these two fields of knowledge.

The (re)making of bodies, often portrayed more grotesquely today in the practices of skin bleaching and the enhancement and reduction of various parts of the body are increasingly pervasive practices in Africa that have generated much debate and discussion. The health implications of these practices and the markets that underpin them have received attention both among scholars and in the popular press. Further, discussion has focused on the implications and effects of these practices on identities and hierarchies of being at a global as well as local level.

CODESRIA’s conference on ‘(Re)making bodies’ seeks to assemble a group of scholars in the Humanities and the Social Sciences to explore the (re)making of bodies and the structure and dynamics of aesthetics and aspirations in an evolving Africa. Recognizing that the (re)making bodies in Africa is not a new phenomenon, it is hoped that these conversations will escape the temptation to only dwell on the present to insert these practices within the variegated histories of an expansive continent that has been in constant contact with the rest of the world. CODESRIA invites abstracts on the following sub-themes from African and Diaspora scholars that are interested in participating in this conference:

• The evolving meanings and understandings of beauty, wellbeing and Africanity in an Africa in the (re)making
• The intersection of the (re)making of bodies and the (re)making of aesthetics and aspirations in Africa
• Contested vistas of sensuality, beauty, wellness and wellbeing and the (re)making of African bodies
• Hierarchies of being and the (re)making of the being that is seen
• Nativist and cosmopolitan flirtations and alibis in the location of the (re)making of bodies in the structures and dynamics of aesthetics and aspirations
• (Re)making bodies as a set of gendered practices
• The social embeddedness of the (re)making of bodies
• The economics of aesthetics and the aesthetics of an economy of (re)making bodies
• Virtual aesthetic communities

Those interested in participating in the conference are invited to send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV with full contact details including email addresses and phone numbers to CODESRIA no later than March 15, 2016. Authors of abstracts selected will be informed of their selection by April 15, 2016 and should be ready to submit full papers by 31 May, 2016. All documents should be sent in Word format by email to Please use the subject line ‘Humanities Program’ when sending your email.

Humanities Program
BP 3304, CP 18524 Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 – 33 825 9822/23
Fax: +221- 33 824 1289

Conférence internationale sur la transformation corporelle : Structures et dynamiques de l’esthétique et aspirations d’une Afrique en mutation

Date limite : 15 mars 2016

Nombre de visites : 58

Dates : 23 – 25 août 2016
Lieu : Casablanca, Maroc

Le Programme sur les Humanités du CODESRIA a pour objectif de favoriser la recherche dans les sciences humaines et des discussions entre chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales afin de produire des connaissances théoriques et conceptuelles qui échappent souvent aux perspectives spécifiques à ces deux domaines de la connaissance. La transformation corporelle, souvent dépeinte plus grotesquement aujourd’hui dans les pratiques de blanchiment de la peau, de grossissement et de réduction de diverses parties du corps sont des pratiques de plus en plus courantes en Afrique, générant ainsi de nombreuses discussions. Les conséquences sanitaires de ces pratiques et les marchés qui les soutiennent suscitent l’attention aussi bien des chercheurs que de la presse populaire. En outre, l’accent a été mis sur les implications et effets de ces pratiques sur les identités et les hiérarchies de « l’être » tant à l’échelon mondial qu’au niveau local.

La conférence sur « La transformation corporelle » réunira un groupe de chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales pour étudier la transformation corporelle et la structure ainsi que la dynamique de l’esthétique et les aspirations d’une Afrique en évolution. Conscients que la transformation du corps en Afrique n’est pas un phénomène nouveau, il est espéré que ces échanges ne fassent pas seulement cas du présent mais qu’ils aillent plus loin afin de replacer ces pratiques dans les histoires diverses d’un vaste continent en contact constant avec le reste du monde.

Le CODESRIA invite les chercheurs africains et de la Diaspora intéressés à participer à cette conférence à soumettre leurs résumés sur les sous-thèmes suivants :

• L’évolution des significations et de la compréhension de la beauté, du bien-être et de l’Africanité dans une Afrique en mutation ;
• La rencontre entre la transformation du corps et la transformation de l’esthétique et des aspirations en Afrique ;
• Les perspectives controversées de la sensualité, de la beauté, du bien-être et de la transformation corporelle des africains ;
• La hiérarchie de « l’être » et la transformation de l’être que l’on voit ;
• Les flirts et prétextes nativistes et cosmopolites dans la localisation de la transformation corporelle dans les structures et dynamiques de l’esthétique et des aspirations ;
• La transformation corporelle comme ensemble de pratiques sexo-spécifiques ;
• L’ancrage social de la transformation corporelle ;
• L’économie de l’esthétique et l’esthétique d’une économie de la transformation corporelle du corps ;
• Les communautés esthétiques virtuelles

Les personnes désirant prendre part à la conférence sont invitées à envoyer un résumé d’un maximum de 300 mots et un CV contenant leurs coordonnées complètes, y compris leurs adresses électroniques et numéros de téléphone au CODESRIA au plus tard le 15 mars 2016. Les auteurs des résumés sélectionnés seront informés de leur sélection au plus tard 15 avril 2016 et devront soumettre leurs communications complètes avant le 31 mai 2016. Tous les documents doivent être envoyés en format Word par courriel à l’adresse Veuillez indiquer en objet la mention « Programme sur les humanités » lors de l’envoi de votre courriel.

Programme sur les Humanités
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
B.P. 3304, CP 18524, Dakar, Sénégal,
Tel. (221) 33 825 98 21/22/23, Fax : (221) 33 824 12 89,
E-mail :

Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists to pursue postgraduate research in a field of the natural sciences.  Deadline for applications: 31 May 2016.

Programme Details

This fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country.

  1. Please read the following information carefully before applying.
  2. Only women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and/or one of the Least Developed Countries can apply.
  3. Host institutions must be located in a developing country.
  4. Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered. Please make sure all the requested enclosures are submitted together with your application.


With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), OWSD has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD, at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country.

The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

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Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme

This scholarship programme is directed at scholars
– in Africa, engaged in research on the African continent
– in Sweden, Finland and Iceland, engaged in Africa oriented research.

The purpose of the programme
The purpose of the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for scholars in Africa to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and to provide opportunities for scholars in Sweden, Finland and Iceland to pursue their own research projects. The programme offers scholars access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment. Through the Programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can establish and maintain relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.Who can apply?
The Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars
–  in Africa engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive research experience. The applicant should be placed at or affiliated with an African university or other African research institution.
– in Sweden, Finland and Iceland  engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive research experience. The applicant should be placed at or affiliated with an university or other research institution in Sweden, Finland or Iceland.Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Applications are invited from scholars with research projects related to one or more of the following research themes at the Institute:

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