Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

July 17 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Creativity and Constraint on African State Boundaries

Creativity and Constraint on African State Boundaries

The project uses case studies in three very different borderlands to describe how the possibility and need to adapt to institutionalisations implemented from above contributes to the emergence of novel forms of social actions, and how the border as an institution is changed in the process.Comparing the borderlands between Namibia and Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso, we strive to isolate factors that engender social creativity, and to understand whether they simultaneously limit the state’s capacity to project its vision on the borderland. We analyse the relation between the degree of institutionalisation from above and the likelihood of creativity to emerge from the interaction of a local population with the institution, and try to assess longer-term structural consequences of the process. The three case studies are linked by a systematic selection of cases to represent different border histories and different political settings, by a shared methodology and by shared work packages making data mutually comparable.
The project relies on qualitative methods, most importantly long-term participant observation and everyday conversations. Additional data will be gathered through more formalised interviews of officials and life histories of border actors.

For More Information On The Project Click Here

Network of Black Business & Professional Women Annual “Dancing Under the Stars” Event

Network of Black Business & Professional Women Annual “Dancing Under the Stars” Event

Friday, July 24, 2015
7pm to Midnight
383 Cumberland, Ottawa ON (Centre building between York and George in the Byward Market).

Drained from the long winter? Need some energy to re-launch for the summer? Don’t miss out! You’re invited for an open air cocktails and dancing event in a spacious condo courtyard, where we can Dance Under the Stars!Dress: Pink patio party. Status: All welcome. Cost: Member: $20. Member plus one guest $35 – no status or relationship required (2nd person $15).Non-Member $25 Non-member plus one guest $45 ( 2nd person $20) Food and refreshments will be included in the price.

Purchase Tickets Here

Free Screening of Selma

Free Screening of Selma

Friday, July 24, 2015.
Dundonald Park, 512 Somerset St.

Free screening of Selma, presented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and Centretown Movies.

Licensed by Criterion Pictures.

For more information contact 613-237-4064

TrinibaGo Day

TrinibaGo Day

Saturday, July 25, 2015.
12 noon to 6pm
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

TrinibaGo Day presented by Trinidad and Tobago Association of Ottawa (TTAO)

An opportunity for Ottawans to celebrate “Trini”culture and heritage! Featuring: booths promoting various community organizations and businesses, great Caribbean music by a local DJ, food and drinks on sale, and more! FREE admission.For more info:

Call For Papers: Fourth CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing

Call For Papers: Fourth CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) hereby announces the fourth in its electronic publishing conference series. This year’s theme focuses on the open access publishing model with particular attention to its possible impact on the future knowledge economy in Africa. CODESRIA promotes social science research and knowledge production and the publication and dissemination of research outcomes, and organises forums for discussing research findings and sharing of ideas to influence the improvement of the living conditions of African populations.

The CODESRIA Open Access Conference will be a gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical issues relating to open access in Africa in contemporary global society. This conference promises to push the boundaries of open access scholarship. It will explore core concepts and ideas, and help identify new technological and conceptual configurations. It will provide a rare opportunity for academics, librarians, publishers and policy-makers to come together for dialogues, discuss new research directions, methods and theories, and reflect upon the evolutionary issues about open access and their implications on research dissemination in Africa.

Call for Papers

We invite researchers worldwide to submit original full research papers, social media demonstrations, research-in-progress or posters within the area of open access, with a special emphasis on the future of knowledge economy in Africa. Papers in the completed research category should have a maximum of twenty pages, including references. Papers in the Early Work/Preliminary Results subcategory should be a maximum of fifteen pages, including references. Submissions will be refereed in a double-blind process.

Registration and funding

CODESRIA will provide funding support to paper presenters who show evidence that they are unable to cater for their participation. All non-paper presenting participants will pay a registration fee of USD150 to cover admission to the panels, and conference packages and workshops only; and will cater for their feeding and air fare.


  • 15 July 2015: Open for submissions
  • 26 October 2015: Workshop and Doctoral Colloquium decisions announced
  • 15 November 2015: Social Media Expo sign-up period ends
  • 15 November 2015: Registration opens
  • 28 December 2015: Workshop and Doctoral Colloquium application deadline
  • 30 December 2015: deadline for the submission of Papers
  • 14 February 2016: deadline for the submission of final versions of papers and posters and workshop proposals
  • 29 February, 2016: Registration ends
  • 28 March 2016: Open Access Conference 2016 begins

Questions about any issues regarding the conference should be directed to: Williams Nwagwu at
All submissions to be directed to:

Open Access Conference
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
BP : 3304, CP : 18524, Dakar, Sénégal

Carleton University  

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