Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

June 5 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Concert – Oumar Ndiaye

Concert – Oumar Ndiaye

Concert – Oumar Ndiaye
Samedi 13 juin 2015
La Teranga- 236 Boulevard St Joseph Gatineau
Souper musical “arbre à palabres à la teranga” avec le chanteur-musicien Oumar Ndiaye. Un Souper musical au son de la musique acoustique des chansons du terroir du Sénégal des histoires de contes ,du waaxtaan avec le public, comme une veillée de clair de lune au village on va restituer cette ambiance.Soirée d’aurevoir avant le mois de ramadan.

Détente – Rire-Musique-Conte. Réservation au 819 230 93 47 -613 204-9347.

Cup for Africa Strawberry Social

Cup for Africa Strawberry Social


Cup for Africa Mission presents a Strawberry Social

Strawberry shortcake and refreshments, bake and silents auction. Slide presentation of mission trip, and overview of CAM’s year. Music by Robert Cote

Time: June 13, Saturday, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Location: 4584 Ridge Road, Ottawa

More information:

REMINDER: Summer Institute @ Carleton: Doing Fieldwork in Africa

REMINDER: Summer Institute @ Carleton: Doing Fieldwork in Africa

Doing Fieldwork in Africa” will help researchers and practitioners visiting Africa to better comprehend the research, ethical and practical issues involved in making field trips to the continent, arming them with the critical tools for successful field trips, and putting them in better positions to make informed decisions.

This two day institute will provide participants with skills and insights in topics such as research and project ethics, engaging with stakeholders, gender dynamics, and more. The Institute is geared towards both those who are preparing for their first field trips to Africa and those who have more experience. Through a combination of hands-on exercises and seminar presentations, participants will enhance their preparedness for their upcoming trip to Africa.

Organized by Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, the “Doing Fieldwork in Africa” Summer Institute is led by Professor Tim Shaw and Professor Jane Parpart, both of whom have decades of research experience in Africa. They will be complemented by professors from Africa and from the Institute of African Studies who will help facilitate the learning.

Date and time: 9:00am-5:00pm | Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7, 2015

Location: 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University

DRAFT AGENDA (May 29th) can be found here.

Registration here.

REMINDER: Book Launch for novel about Red Terror era in Ethiopia

REMINDER: Book Launch for novel about Red Terror era in Ethiopia

The Institute of African Studies
presents a

Book Launch of:

The Smoldering Tears

by  Daniel Belay Bahta

The Smoldering Tears is about the struggle of three people (Hiwett, Gidey and Syom), as their lives were tested against all forms of despotic rule that denied them and their families the rights to live, to love and to mourn.  Although fictional, the stories are inspired by actual events during the Mengistu Hailemariam era.  And in order to foster imagination of the circumstances under which the journey of the three took place, the book attempts to provide the reader with a picture of the socio-cultural and political turmoil of the time.  It narrates stories of heartbreak and the triumph of love; it also tells stories of defiance, as well as the ultimate human endurance and tenacity.

Daniel Belay Bahta lives in Ottawa, Canada. The Smoldering Tears is his first novel. Daniel was born in Ethiopia, and grew up in a war torn region until he fled the country in 1984.  And the stories in his book are a reflection of his memories as a teenager during the Red-Terror era, in the late 1970s and early 80s.


CFP: The Inaugural Pan African Colloquium (Barbados)

CFP: The Inaugural Pan African Colloquium (Barbados)

Call for Papers – The inaugural Pan African Colloquium Theme: “Heroines and heroes of the back to Africa movements, Pan Africanism, African nationalism and global Africanism: Their philosophies, activities and legacies” The department of History and Philosophy, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and PANAFSTRAG are pleased to issue this call for papers for the inaugural international Pan African Colloquium to be held at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados from January 12-15, 2016. The broad theme for this inaugural colloquium will be “Heroes and heroines of the back to Africa movements, Pan Africanism, African nationalism and global Africanism: Their philosophies, activities and legacies.”

Abstracts of papers in MICROSOFT WORD format should be of no more than 200 words and must be submitted by email to both and by June 30, 2015. Panel proposals will also be accepted and are due on June 30, 2015. The abstracts must be accompanied by a brief biography of 125 words along with the affiliation of the author(s). Participants will receive notification of acceptance by July 20, 2015. Persons will then be required to submit their completed papers as an attachment in MICROSOFT WORD format to the above email addresses by the firm deadline of November 30, 2015. These papers will then be posted online for other participants to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the colloquium will be devoted more to discussion than to exposition of the written papers.

More information here.

CFP: Muslim Women in Africa: Past, Present and the Future

CFP: Muslim Women in Africa: Past, Present and the Future

A call for a special-issue: Muslim Women in Africa: Past, Present and the Future. The issue will be guest-edited by Dr. Hadeer Abou El Nagah.

Deadline: October 31, 2015
Submit your paper directly to Hadeer Abou El Nagah at hadeer.nagah at

We seek articles (5,000 to 6,250 words) and review essays (on books, film, video, websites, etc. 1,000 to 1,500 words).

One of the main controversial issues in any discussion about Islam is its views to women and the possibilities of women empowerment and development under its umbrella. While the Quran and other historic resources about Islam provide an image of women as dynamic agents of the society, the status of women in many contemporary societies around the world may indicate the opposite, Muslim women in Africa and the Diasporas are no exception. Though they have always been agents of religious and social change and initiators of political/cultural transformations, the everyday lives of many African Muslim women prove that there are additional efforts needed in that domain. This special issue of JENDA aims at exploring the role played/ needed to be played by Muslim women in Africa and in the Diasporas in redefining themselves within Islamic yet contemporary contexts. With focus on Muslim societies in Africa and the Diasporas, issues related to women’s past, present and future can be investigated. Critical readings and analysis of the work of religious, social, educational grass root organizations to empower women are particularly welcomed.

More information here.



The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown Universityoffers a full-tuition scholarship for a talented graduate student from sub-Saharan Africa.

MSFS is a two-year, full-time graduate degree program in international affairs. Students will take courses in international relations, international trade, international finance, statistics and analytical tools, and history. In addition, students choose an area of concentration such as Global Politics and Security, International Development, or Global Business and Finance.

Application requirements include:

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited university and a strong academic record.
  • One set of standardized test scores: TOEFL/IELTS or GRE/GMAT (for more information on which test applicants need to take, visit here).
  • Completion of a course in microeconomics and a course in macroeconomics, or ability to complete both courses *before* the beginning of the MSFS program in fall 2016.
  • Professional work experience, ideally in a field related to their future professional goals. Students have an average of four years of work experience prior to joining MSFS.

Special consideration will be given to applicants from:

  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • South Africa

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit all required application materials (online application, personal statement, official transcripts and test scores, letters of recommendation). The scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of the student’s application in the admissions process.

The application deadline for fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.

For complete information on required application items, please visit here .

IAS News: Recording of Alan Whiteside lecture on YouTube

IAS News: Recording of Alan Whiteside lecture on YouTube

The video recording of the lecture “Is AIDS Over” by Prof. Alan Whiteside at Carleton University on June 1, 2015, is on the IAS YouTube channel here. The powerpoint of Professor Whiteside’s presentation can be found here.

IAS News: Update to our Weekly Digest

IAS News: Update to our Weekly Digest

Starting last week, the Institute of African Studies has updated the format of our weekly African Studies@Carleton Digest. We hope that the new format is easier to read and easier to access more information about various events concerning Africa and its diasporas in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and beyond.

We are also now archiving our weekly digests on our homepage here.

We also ask if you have public events you would like to submit an event to be on our listserv, we kindly ask that you provide the relevant information on this page by Thursday at noon before the listserv on which you would like the information to be included.

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