Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

January 22 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: “The Political and Constitutional crisis in Burundi : Is Military Intervention Well Warranted?”

  • When: January 27, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 ext. 2220

The Institute of African Studies Presents “The Political and Constitutional crisis in Burundi : Is Military Intervention Well Warranted?” with Pacifique Manirakiza, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Pacifique Manirakiza is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa where he teaches Canadian criminal law and international criminal law. Professor Manirakiza has just completed a 4-year term as a member of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. In that capacity, he was the Chairperson of the newly established Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations. In 2014, he has been appointed member of the first African Union-led Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (Final Report made public last October 2015). He has been a member of a Defence team before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2000-2004) where he previously served as a legal intern. In Burundi, he served as an Assistant Professor at University of Burundi as well as a Deputy Prosecutor in Ngozi and Rutana Provinces. Dr. Manirakiza also participated, as a legal adviser, in Burundi peace negotiations held in Arusha (Tanzania) from 1998 to 2000.

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This is part of the African Studies Brownbag Seminar Series


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Event @ Carleton: IASSA presents “Open Mic Night”

The Institute of African Studies Student Association (IASSA) presents: Open Mic Night!


Rooster’s Coffeehouse

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
at 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Relax, enjoy the entertainment, and also learn more about our institute and how you can become involved with us! Acts include (but not limited to) singing, spoken word, and dance.
Please feel free to invite people you think would be interested in this event. We hope to see many of you there!

Entry fee is $5.00


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Event @ Carleton:“Caribbean Literature and the Globalization of Holocaust Memory”

We are pleased to announce the fourth of our Faculty Works-in-Progress presentations by Dr. Sara Casteel of the Department of English Language and Literature.  Her paper on “Caribbean Literature and the Globalization of Holocaust Memory” will be presented on Friday, January 29th at 12pm in Room D199 Loeb Building.   A light lunch will be provided.


The paper is available in advance.  To register and obtain a copy of the paper, please go to the form on our website: .


Hoping to see you there!

EASAC: Rafiki Night

East African Students Association of Carleton proudly bring to you our first Rafiki Night!Bring your friends and a rafiki. See you there!

Where: Ppl Nightclub, 130 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario

When: Thursday, January 28

Tickets are $10 and $15 at the door.

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NASA Food Drive @ Carleton

The New African Student Association is  currently conducting a “Drive” for household products and toiletries. These will be for the CUSA Food Center on campus which assists students who are experiencing food and financial insecurity. Toiletries and household products are specifically in very low supply and the center rarely receives donations of this kind. This is why we ask that if you have any of these items that you would like to donate, it would be very much appreciated and would certainly help someone who needs them. NASA is personally quite involved with the Food Center and can tell you that the employees do an excellent job of helping fellow students who seriously need the assistance. Here is a list of items that would go a very long way in helping us:










If you would like to donate any of the above items, you can do so at the office of your academic department OR you can drop into the CUSA Food Center (3rd Floor Uni. Center) and place them in the Drop Box. We are very appreciative of all donations that come in and thank all who are contributing to making our campus and community a better, caring place. If you have any questions, queries, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at:



Black History Month Reggae Jam

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Doors @ 8pm, Showtime at 10pm
Ritual Night Club, 137 Besserer Street, Ottawa
CONCERT: TD PRESENTS: Tribute to the Legends Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, a JAMBANA™


Outlets: Fishy’s Tropical Grill, Compact Music, L&F Montego, Fades, JerkGrill Café.
More info: 613.680.7661

UWASA Annual TRACES Cultural Show:Lalela

The University of Waterloo African Students Association (UWASA) is hosting their annual TRACES cultural show.  Traces is a cultural dance, drama, music, and poetry exhibition show that aims to highlight the beauty of Africa, whilst showing off the many cultures that make up the magnificent continent.

This year, we aim to give you a glimpse of the Africa that the Western Media never portrays, a glimpse of the Africa that we all love. This year the theme of the show is Lalela, it comes from ‘Woza uzolalela’  which means “come and listen” in Zulu. Thus, we invite you to come and listen to our tales of the Africa we call home, the Africa that we love; Africa, as seen through our eyes.

Our volunteers have been working hard over the past few months to bring Lalela to life. We hope you join us and listen to our stories of home. 


Date: SaturdayJanuary 30, 2016.

Venue:  Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages, University of Waterloo. 

Time: 7:00 pm 


Regular: $25.00

January 20th – January 30th 

Door: $30.00

**Tickets are also available online at**

To find out more about Traces, visit our webpage:

Black Music Series 2016

February 3, 2016, 7:30pm

NAC Fourth Stage

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

MDA Productions is glad to present Black Music Series 2016 featuring Ferline Regis on February 3rd, Abel Maxwell on February 24th and Diane White on March 5th.

MDA Productions is an organization that facilitates performance opportunities for local artists, raising awareness of World Music through concerts and music productions. Black Music Series will highlight Black Canadian singers, covering different musical genres, such as Gospel, Pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz and World music. The three concerts will play an important role in enriching the artistic experience of audiences in the National Capital Region.

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LSE-UCT July School

Cape Town, 27th June – 8th July 2016

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are delighted to offer the fourth LSE-UCT July School in 2016. This innovative and prestigious two-week ‘summer school’ style programme provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.

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REMINDER-Event @ Carleton:“Research, Repression, and Freedom: A conversation with David Austin”

David Austin poster

Institute of African Studies and History Watch Project Presents: “Research, Repression, and Freedom: A conversation with David Austin”

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
Drawing on his award-winning book, Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal as a point of departure, this wide-ranging conversation will touch a number of subjects related to politics, race, security, prisons, incarceration and human freedom. The conversation will be facilitated by CBC’s Adrian Harewood.

About David Austin
: David Austin is the author Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize for literature in English or Creole. He is also the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James, and has produced radio documentaries on the life and work of Frantz Fanon and C.L.R. James for CBC’s flagship program, Ideas. He currently teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy and Religion Department at John Abbott College.




For more information, please contact the Dr. Audra Diptee at


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REMINDER-Book Launch: “Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa”

  • When: January 29, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: History Lounge (Paterson Hall)
  • Room: 433 Paterson Hall
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Department of History
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2828

Department of History and The Institute of African Studies presents a Book Launch of “Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa” by Susanne M. Klausen.

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Call for Papers-International Workshop on Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa

Cape Town, 05-06 May 2016

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, in cooperation with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, invites submissions for a two-day workshop on Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa.

The changing skylines of Africa’s capitals, the suits and ties of its dealmakers, the chauffeured cars, and the growing visibility of global brands in many of its capitals exemplify Africa’s good news growth story of the past decade. The one-sided image of the “old Africa” is making way for a more nuanced view that sees opportunity in countries that offer greater political stability and increased openness to investors from around the world than ever before. The continent’s rising middle class has emerged as a central protagonist in this narrative. Yet, when reading the reports by management consultants, investor advisory groups and some academic studies, it seems that the historic role played by the middle class in the developed North as the backbone of democracy and economic growth has frequently been superimposed to the African context without substantial knowledge about this emergent middle. Empirical evidence on which to substantiate these ideas remains scarce, not least because of severe data limitations and ambiguities in the understanding and measurement of this group. Critical voices have raised concerns about Africa’s rising inequality, which is rather slowing the number of poor moving into the ranks of a middle class.

Conference themes

Against the background of a renewed interest in the impact of the distribution of income and wealth on socioeconomic development, this workshop invites scholars and practitioners to deliberate on the understanding of middle class formation and segmentation and to discuss the potential of the middle class to foster inclusive growth and play a transformative socio-political role in their respective countries. In particular, the workshop will address the following overarching and interrelated themes:

  1. Measurement of social class and economic inequality: approaches to defining and measuring the middle class within the African context.
  2. Economic development: Economic behavior of the middle class and its effects on economic growth.
  3. Labor market: the role of labor market characteristics and dynamics for income inequalities, social mobility and middle class formation.
  4. Political attitudes and behavior: political thinking and engagement of the middle class and its role for democracy.

Other papers of relevance to inequality and middle class development are also welcome.

Paper submission

Please email your submission (extended abstract and/or full paper) together with the application form to in a PDF or Word format and indicate “Workshop 2016” in the subject heading. Abstracts should have more than 400 words but should not exceed three pages. The application form can be found on the Workshop homepage:

The submission deadline is 21 February 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of February 2016. The deadline for full paper submission is 24 April 2016. All participants may be requested to serve as discussants.

Call for Papers: International Symposium Border Regions in Sub-Saharan

Africa Joensuu, Finland, 7 – 9 September 2016

This meeting is a follow up of the successful Katima Mulilo meeting on Border Regions in Southern Africa held in September 2015. There we touched upon many fascinating issues, related to African border issues.

The symposium aims to bring together scientists who share a common interest in the study of border regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, issues like cross-border economies, border issues, shaping of borders amongst others can be mentioned as topics of interest. The aim is to create an inter-disciplinary forum where researchers from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences can discuss a broad range of topics. A special focus area will be migration and cross- border mobility, as this has become one of the major issues in recent years. The ultimate goal of the meeting will be to publish a book dedicated to border issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is presently an area of fast economic development, tourism, industry and mining are expanding and changing the region in many ways. The border regions are also the home of indigenous communities, whose traditional ways of life are increasingly under pressure.

The University of Eastern Finland has a long tradition in research in Namibia and southern Africa. The meeting will be organized as part of the project “Oral Histories and Places of Memories” funded by the Finnish Kone Foundation. See:

The symposium welcomes a diversity of approaches and subjects as well as research in progress.

Your abstract should detail the analytical framework as well the main conclusions (400 words). Please send to:

More details on this meeting will be published on our web site ( as the program evolves. After reviewing the proposals a symposium program will be made available. Submission deadline for proposals: 15 May, 2016. Decisions notified by: 30 May, 2016

Call for Papers-Decolonizing the Academy 2016

For whom do we research Africa and for what purpose? How do our institutions – be they universities, professional networks, or publishing forums – reinforce unequal access to power, opportunities, and knowledge? What are our responsibilities as scholars and teachers to decolonize our work, on individual and collective levels—and how do we do it? How do we connect critical theoretical debates around decolonization with applied best practices and new practices? What future for African Studies does this envisage? These questions are not new. Rather, they remain at the forefront of our academic and professional enterprise, posing challenges and opportunities to the very legitimacy and quality of our diverse endeavours.

We hope you will join us in revisiting these key debates in African Studies (and beyond) as we seek to blaze new trails and engage old struggles. Our 21st century generation of scholars is technologically savvy, increasingly interconnected, and yet, faced with persistently rigid political and institutional structures. Panels will address a range of thematic topics and active approaches to decolonizing the academy. We are soliciting papers that engage with issues of agency, legitimacy, and representation; empirical and analytical findings, research methods, and academic practice; and structural and institutional opportunities and obstacles.

All applications should be submitted to and to by 31 January 2016.

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