Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

September 11 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: South Sudan-Struggles for Peace & for Gender Equality

Event @ Carleton: South Sudan-Struggles for Peace & for Gender Equality
  • When: September 23, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433 (History Lounge)
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Email contact:

The Institute of African Studies presents“South Sudan: Struggles for Peace & for Gender Equality”with Tag Elkhazin, an independent consultant operating under Subsahara Centre with over 25 years of experience working throughout Africa, including on security sector reform, water & sanitation and capacity-building in South Sudan & Riya William, Civic Education Officer with the Mundri Relief and Development Association  and president of Play for Peace in South Sudan. She is currently part of the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship program of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Event Poster.

For further information on recent political events in South Sudan, please review the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (signed in Addis Ababa on 17 August 2015) and the Reservations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (signed in Juba on 26 August 2015).

This is part of IAS’s Umeme: African Flashpoints series.

Book Launch @ Carleton: A Canadian Girl in South Africa

Book Launch: Friday, September 25, 12:30-2:30pm in the History Lounge, Paterson Hall

You are invited to attend the launch of E. Maud Graham’s memoir, A Canadian Girl in South Africa (University of Alberta Press, 2015). Originally published in 1905, Graham’s memoir describes her experience as a teacher in the concentration camps established for captured Boers during the South African War (1899-1902). As the war reached its grueling end in 1902, colonial interests at the highest levels of the British Empire hand-picked teachers from across the Commonwealth to teach the thousands of Boer children living in concentration camps. Highly educated, hard working, and often opinionated, E. Maud Graham joined the Canadian contingent of forty teachers. Her eyewitness account reveals the complexity of relations and tensions at a controversial period in the histories of both Britain and South Africa. Graham presents a lively historical travel memoir, and the editors – Michael Dawson (St. Thomas University), Catherine Gidney (St. Thomas University) and Susanne M. Klausen (Carleton University) – have provided rich political and historical context to her narrative in the Introduction and generous annotations. This is a rare primary source for experts in Colonial Studies, Women’s Studies, and Canadian, South African, and British Imperial History. Readers with an interest in the South African War will be intrigued by Graham’s observations on South African society at the end of the Victorian era.

At the book launch, two of the editors, Catherine Gidney and Susanne M. Klausen, along with John Walsh from Carleton’s Department of History, will discuss the process of re-publishing Graham’s memoir as well as numerous aspects of her account that they find fascinating and relevant for historians of education, women and gender, and colonial Africa.

Event @ Carleton: CHAIM Centre presents “Using Laughter and Animation to Save Lives”

  • When: September 23, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Azrieli Theatre
  • Room: 101
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Email contact:

Registration Information here

Firdaus Kharas will get you laughing to bring you to a serious point in as little as 20 seconds  Mr. Kharas will use examples from his renowned prevention campaigns on HIV/AIDS, malaria, domestic violence and children’s rights to explain how he creates global campaigns seen by hundreds of millions of people across many countries, bridging the many differences in people of culture, language and religion.  This talk will be particularly interesting to students of journalism, communications, film, health, languages, business, social entrepreneurship, computer sciences, human rights, public affairs, development and international affairs.

Firdaus Kharas is a social entrepreneur and humanitarian.  Through his company, Chocolate Moose Media, Kharas produces animation, documentaries, films and television series designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behaviour, particularly in relation to transmittable diseases, via a process he calls Culture Shift. His goal is to positively influence people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, especially those of children and youth, in order to improve human health conditions globally. In June, 2015, Kharas received an honorary doctorate from Carleton University in recognition of his “innovative work as a social entrepreneur and for the advancement of public health and children’s rights in a global context”.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  Please register.

Co-sponsored with Technology Management Innovation (TIM) Program, Global and International Studies, the Institute of African Studies, and the School of Journalism & Communications.

This event is supported by the Offices of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and of the Vice-President (Research & International), Carleton University.

“Strengthening Solidarity: Building Bridges between Programming and Advocacy Work”

Register now and join the Africa-Canada Forum for its annual colloquium: a day of stimulating and engaging presentations and workshop sessions on a variety of priority thematic areas. This year’s theme: Strengthening Solidarity: Building Bridges between Programming & Advocacy Work. Our community partner is the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies! We have a strong coordination committee working hard to provide you with an engaging agenda that can be moved forward by the Africa-Canada Forum and influence the activities within our member organizations. With the help of CODE, United Church of Canada, Oxfam Canada and CCIC we hope to bring you a colloquium full of rich and thought provoking exchange.

Colloquium objectives:

  • To better understand how some African civil society organizations are building bridges between programmatic work, research, policy development and dialogue, and explore what Canadian civil society organizations can draw from this in their approaches at home.
  • To provide space for African and Canadian civil society organizations to discuss and share their respective experiences and perspectives on emerging opportunities and challenges in Africa, and shape common, mutually reinforcing messages and responses.
  • To inspire Africa-Canada Forum members to form and lead small working groups around a variety of Africa-Canada Forum priority thematic areas for the year.

For those visiting from out of town and/or interested in continuing to network we would like to suggest a place for dinner and drinks after the conference. Head to Memories, a fifteen minute walk from the conference venue. Please continue the conversations and get to know your colleagues in the sector. Networking leads to opportunities!

Africa-Canada Forum members are welcome to continue the conversation after parliament is formed, date TBD, with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Join us for our annual meeting with the goal of promoting open dialogue on a variety of issues/priories and Canadian engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. Space is limited, so just one person per organization can register, please contact Kimberly MacMillan ( if you have any questions.

The colloquium agenda is now available.

This colloquium will bring together members of the Africa-Canada Forum: NGOs, churches, unions and solidarity groups from across Canada that have a specific interest in development cooperation and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa. Attendance is open to other members of the community working on African issues. Please register for the conference on the CCIC website.

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Akua O Britwum  Associate Professor & Civil Society Leader, Head, CEGRAD, University of Cape Coast, Ghana: Convener of the women’s right advocacy organisation, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).
  • Visiting Partners from Kairos, United Church of Canada, and Presbyterian World Service & Development – Visa’s pending
  • Building Common Messaging Together: Participate in breakout groups on a variety thematic areas to help develop Africa-Canada Forum key messages that will inform our meetings with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in the coming months.
  • Network and Build Relationships: Connecting the work of the Africa-Canada Forum with Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Coalitions. We will help to inform each other’s work and create Africa specific messaging.
  • ACF Social: After the colloquium head to Memories for dinner and/or drinks!

“Renforcer la solidarité : construire des ponts entre la programmation et le travail de plaidoyer “

« Renforcer la solidarité : construire des ponts entre la programmation et le travail de plaidoyer »

21 octobre, 2015 

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et joignez-vous au Forum Afrique-Canada pour son colloque annuel : une journée de présentations et d’ateliers stimulants sur divers thèmes prioritaires. Le thème de cette année est « Renforcer la solidarité : construire des ponts entre la programmation et le travail de plaidoyer ». L’École de développement international et mondialisation de l’Université d’Ottawa agit à titre de partenaire! Nous avons un solide comité de coordination travaillant fort afin de vous proposer une journée passionnante qui pourra continuer d’influencer les activités futures du groupe de travail. Avec l’appui de CODE, de l’Église Unie du Canada et du CCCI, nous espérons un colloque avec des échanges riches et stimulants.

Objectifs du colloque :

  • Mieux comprendre comment certaines organisations de la société civile africaines construisent des ponts entre la programmation, la recherche, l’élaboration de politiques et le dialogue sur les politiques, et examiner ce que les organisations de la société civile canadiennes peuvent retenir et intégrer à leurs pratiques ici au Canada.
  • Fournir un espace pour les organisations de la société civile africaines et canadiennes afin de discuter et de partager leurs expériences et perspectives sur les opportunités et défis émergents en Afrique, et concevoir des réponses et des messages communs qui se renforcent mutuellement.
  • Inciter les membres du Forum Afrique-Canada à former et à diriger des petits groupes de travail autour des thèmes prioritaires de l’année du Forum Afrique-Canada.

Pour ceux et celles provenant de l’extérieur de la ville et/ou intéressé-e-s à poursuivre les discussions, nous vous proposons un endroit où dîner ou prendre un verre après le colloque. Il s’agit de Memories, à dix ou quinze minutes à pied du lieu du colloque. Nous vous encourageons à poursuivre les discussions et à apprendre à connaître vos collègues dans le secteur. Le réseautage mène à des opportunités!

Les membres du Forum Afrique-Canada sont les bienvenus à poursuivre cette discussion suite à la formation du Parlement (date à confirmer), avec le ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement (MAÉCD). Joignez-vous à nous pour notre rencontre annuelle, qui a pour but de promouvoir un dialogue ouvert sur divers enjeux et priorités ainsi qu’un engagement canadien en Afrique sub-saharienne. Veuillez s’il vous plaît contacter Kimberly MacMillan ( si vous souhaitez vous inscrire ou si vous avez des questions.

Le programme du colloque est maintenant disponible.

Ce colloque rassemblera des membres du Forum Afrique-Canada : ONG, églises, syndicats et groupes de solidarité provenant de partout au Canada et qui ont un intérêt spécifique pour la coopération internationale et la justice sociale en Afrique sub-saharienne. La participation est ouverte aux autres membres de la communauté travaillant sur des enjeux africains. Veuillez s’il vous plaît vous inscrire au colloque via le site web du CCCI.

Les points saillants du colloque comprennent :

  • Conférencière d’honneur – Akua O Britwum – Professeure associée et leader de la société civile, directrice, CEGRAD, University de Cape Coast, Ghana : Coordonnatrice pour le Réseau pour les droits des femmes au Ghana (NETRIGHT).
  • Partenaires en visite de Kairos, de l’Église Unie du Canada, et de Presbyterian World Service & Development – En attente de visa
  • Construire ensemble des messages communs : Participer à des séances en groupes sur divers thèmes, qui serviront à développer les principaux messages du Forum Afrique-Canada en prévision des discussions avec le ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement dans les mois à venir
  • Réseautage et consolidation de liens : Après le colloque, dirigez-vous au Memories pour dîner et/ou prendre un verre! 

The Africa Group Presents Study Students’ views of Ghana’s economic and democratic development

The Africa Group Presents Study Students’ views of Ghana’s economic and democratic development

DATE: Wednesday, September 23 rd

TIME: 5:30 pm (please note of the new time and please come on time; allowing Sufficient time to Ongoing Construction adapted to work on Main Street)
LOCATION: Room 103 at St. Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa

1) Opening remarks … AUM Chair Louise Ouimet


2) Students’ views of Ghana’s economic and democratic development

A conversation with three students from Carleton University – NPSIA Who Spent A Few weeks in Ghana Ghana last Spring to study in situ: Katie Rychliski and Kenneth Boddy, Both undergraduate students, and Prince Owusu: Ph.D. student, from Ghana. They Will Be Accompanied by Their teacher Chris Brown who is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the field of comparative politics, with a specialization in the politics of Africa. He Has Worked in Botswana and in Ghana as a development planner and have a local government policy advisor. He is working on the book was institutionalization of liberal democracy in Botswana, qui est Funded by a research grant from the SSHRC. Currently he is the Program Director for Carleton University’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies.

3) Upcoming events:


Upcoming events of interest to our members: CIC-NCB is participante to the Ottawa Peace Festival, qui Will take up entre September 21 2 October and a total of 25 events. CIC-NCB event is scheduled on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at St. Paul University in the Alumni Amphitheatre on Peace & Security Issues: Canada’s Role. Three regions Will Be covered: Middle East, Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean. More details to follow. You May consult the festival website:

4) News from members:





Nigerian 55th Independence Celebration Gala Dinner Dance

Nigerian 55th Independence Celebration Gala Dinner Dance

Venue: Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa. (Elgin and Laurier St. behind Court House)Date & Time:  Oct 3, 2015 at 6pm kickoff time.

Tickets: Adults. $40. Students. $20

Tickets are available at African Food Stores in Ottawa, On-line and also at the Door. More details later.



Don’t be left-out. Come with your Friends to celebrate.


Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 3 p.m. till6 p.m.
Residence of the High Commissioner for Barbados
368 Lisgar Road, Ottawa


Featuring Delectable Hors D’oeuvres, Beverages, Entertainment and Prizes.

Tickets are available by calling Joyce at 613-721-0820, $20 per person

Leslie at 613-744-4170 or Sandra at 613-843-1448.


Première activité de la session d’automne: Lancement du Livre Le Canada en Afrique/Merci de diffuser largement et de participer

GRILA Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa a le plaisir de vous convier au lancement du livre Le Canada en Afrique, 300 ans d’aide et d’exploitation

Book launch: Canada in Africa —300 years of aid and exploitation by Yves Engler

Introduction by Gwen Schulman (Amandla Radio Show)

Wednesday, September 16 * 7PM * Hive Café * 2nd floor mezzanine *

Concordia University Hall Building (1455 Maisonneuve-West)

Event sponsored by Council of Canadians (Montréal), Concordia Student Union and Black Students’ Network of McGill

For more information: 514-970-2252

REMINDER: Book launch: Canada in Africa — 300 years of aid and exploitation by Yves Engler

  • When: September 17, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Octopus Books Centretown, 251 Bank St. 2nd Floor
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Phone contact: 613-688-0752

Octopus Books and The Institute of African Studies presents a Book Launch of “Canada in Africa — 300 years of Aid and Exploitation” by  Yves Engler in conversation with Kristen Shane, Associate Editor of Embassy – Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly.

For additional information and poster

Call for Papers: AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL ATLANTIC WORLD CONFERENCE -“Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World”


APRIL 8-9, 2016

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University invites papers for its third bi-annual Africa and the Atlantic World Conference. This year’s conference focuses on intersections and transformations within identities, cultures, and experiences of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The conference hopes to allow scholars to explore the continuous and evolving meaning that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on the experiences of Africana people worldwide. Papers examining the lingering effects of racism on the lives of Blacks in the United States and the Pan-African world and the strategies of resistance against such oppression are highly encouraged. Such oppression needs to be explored not only in relationship to Africa and the United States, but also in connection with the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. A primary focus will be placed on the impact of racial violence and social, economic, and political marginalizations of people of African descent in the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world. Papers discussing the implications of recent racial events in various cities of the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world are highly encouraged.


We invite submissions from a variety of academic scholars, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, community leaders and activists on ways to reflect the strengths and diversity of people of African descent. We welcome artistic submissions and  have set aside gallery space and theatre space for such endeavors.


Topics and themes of papers/artistic work may include:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Violence in the Pan-African World
  • Police Brutality
  • Black Masculinity
  • Black Feminism
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Black Sexuality
  • Theories of Africana Studies
  • The future of Africana Studies
  • Public Policy and Africana Studies
  • Geography and identity
  • Gender, sexuality, and the black body
  • Black popular culture
  • Diasporic economics and labor markets
  • Migration and identities of modern immigrants
  • Redefinition of the African American identity
  • Culture, representation and performance,
  • Obama Phenomena



Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250 words, an abbreviated CV (1 page), your full name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address. The due date is November 16, 2015. Please send all materials electronically to: or by mail to Attention: Conference Committee, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240.


Call for Papers: The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) – January 7-9, 2016

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington).  We are collaborating with partners at NYU — Abu Dhabi, J. Andrew Harris and Peter van der Windt to host a special WGAPE meeting with a research discussions component and training module. We look forward to inviting a larger group of African scholars who can benefit from these meeting objectives. Thanks to NYU-AD, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants.


WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups each fall and in a national meeting each spring. This call for papers is for a special, supplementary WGAPE meeting, which will be held January 7-9, 2016 at New York University – Abu Dhabi.


This meeting will expand upon the WGAPE model to include both research discussion sessions on papers in progress, as in previous years (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings), and a short training workshop to expose African/developing country scholars to the newest tools and approaches to conducting rigorous research on political economy of Africa.

1)    Our research discussion sessions are built around in-depth discussions of papers that are circulated and expected to be read in advance. Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion. WGAPE is more a forum for presenting work in progress than polished, finished projects and provides an unparalleled opportunity for useful feedback.

2)    Our short training workshop component will provide African/developing country scholars a chance to learn experimental methods in studying topics relevant to political economy of Africa, best research practices, and resource module to guide scholars to data sources, training materials, and networking fora.


This call is broken into two tracks. Please review the following carefully.


1)    Paper Submissions for research discussion sessions

We invite paper submissions which reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on core issues within the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, and corruption and local governance. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Each submission that is selected will receive one-hour discussion slot at the meeting.

We invite two types of paper submissions:

  1. a) Full paper submissions. These submissions can be works in progress.
  2. b) Research design submissions. These submissions should describe a fully planned research study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan, detail and examples here. This document details the statistical analyses that will be conducted for a given research project before the researchers conduct the study and look at the data. Hypotheses, outcomes, control variables, and regression specifications are all written in as much detail as possible.



Anyone submitting to this category must provide the following materials:

  1. a) Paper submission in PDF / Word format
  2. b) Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location.


2)    Application to attend as a non-presenting participant in the workshop and training module

This year, we invite junior scholars to apply to attend the workshop as participants. We highly encourage African scholars/developing country scholars to apply. NYU-Abu Dhabi will cover all costs of travel, visa, and accommodation for this purpose. We ask that you submit the following materials to apply:

  1. a) Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location
  2. b) The name, title, and contact information of one reference (from a current/previous collaborator or advisor) that would be able to comment on your research interests and future research trajectory
  3. c) A sample of the applicant’s academic writing that relates, even if only loosely, to the topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above.


To submit your materials:

  • All materials must be uploaded to by 11:59pm PT on October 18th, 2015.
  • Please indicate which of the two tracks your submission is for.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by November 6th, 2015 and will be invited to attend the full symposium.

Participant costs and travel:

Thanks to NYU-AD, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants. Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU-AD.

For further information, please contact Elisa Cascardi (CEGA) at

Partners/donors: New York University – Abu Dhabi and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

Additional meetings: During January 419, 2016 NYU-AD will host the Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute (WESSI). Select WGAPE participants will be able to attend this training, after successful application to WGAPE through one of the categories listed above.

Call for Application-International Internships

Call for Application-International Internships

These internships provide successful applicants, known as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs), with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work experience, as well as a proven bridge to employment. The Programme also provides professional development training & support including: job readiness, professionalresume preparation;access to our exclusive mentorship programme  before, during and after their deployments. Now in its 19th year of investing in talented young Canadians, the IDDIP is proud to continue sending Canada’s best and brightest graduates and young professionals to UN and other international agencies around the world on six-month internships.


Eligibility/Quick Facts:


  • This cohort has no placement administrative fee with a fewer number of placements available.


  • The application deadline is September 22nd, 2015.


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.


  • Over 98% of our JPCs find meaningful work within six months of completing their internship – acting as a proven bridge to employment.


  • Internships are typically six-months in length withAgencies such as: UNDP, IOM, UNODC, UNICEF, UN Women, IOM, UNHCR.


  • The majority of UNA-Canada’s internship opportunities require a completed bachelor degree. A select few opportunities require students who are enrolled at a recognized university, thus 4th year students may apply knowing there are limited opportunities available.


  • Successful applicants will be deployed in January and February, 2016.

To apply, for more information about UNA-Canada, and to view the bios of our current JPCs, please visit our website  and follow our twitter @UNACIDDIP and @UNACanada for regular updates, and our Instagram @UNAC_IDDIP


Thank you for your support and cooperation in promoting this very important programme. We encourage you to forward this call to other faculties, students & grads and organizations, that you think may be interested in this very rare opportunity. We also encourage you to pass this along to undergraduate or graduate student associations, career centres or school newspapers that might be able to further promote the programme on facebook, twitter or other job boards.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me, Scott Bohachyk at (613) 232-5751 ext. 253, or my deputy Ms. Rabea Soofi ( (613) 232-5751 ext. 234.

UNA-Canada, with a mandate to Grow Global Citizens, has developed this programme to provide these experiences to talented Canadians looking for a prestigious international internshipand to provide this disciplined experience and career bridge. Thank you for your support.

Post-doctoral opportunities @ UKZN with Sarah Bracking

School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Awards, 2015

TrustAfrica, under the administration of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa is pleased to announce 2 Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2015. The fellowship awards are for R200,000 per annum and there is the possibility for a maximum of 2 years. The selected fellowships will be attached to the DST/NRF Research Chair (SARChI) in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, held by Professor Sarah Bracking. Funding for two fellowships has been made possible by TrustAfrica.
The post-doctoral fellows who receive these fellowships will work in the economic justice and wealth accountability focus area of the Chair and they will be supervised by Professor Bracking.

Research Topics:

The purpose of the Chair is to promote and undertake research on government, private sector and civil society interventions that have been designed to reduce poverty. The two TrustAfrica fellowships will follow research topics around the political economy of illicit financial flows. The illicit financial flows research and advocacy agenda is now approaching a decade old, dating back to Baker’s seminal book (2005). Today the topic has received some successes including the appointment of a High Level Panel at the African Union and corresponding policy statements, however, there are still clear knowledge gaps. In particular the research methodologies, research designs and priorities for advocacy are heavily drawn from American and European sources, and the specificities of the African context remain limited in its research. While we know global estimates for illicit flows drawn from trade statistics, the means by which the structure of the political economy is maintained in Africa to generate these goods and services, some of course fictitious, is not well understood. For example, the professional service industries such as lawyers, auditors, banks, accountants, are heavily involved in the facilitation and generation of illicit financial
flows but how they do this is not widely known. In terms of some mechanisms of this political economy, there is a need to develop new research methodologies which can meet the challenge of opacity and economic justice.
Thus the overall objective is to create an indigenous knowledge system on illicit financial flows sustainable in an African context. This means that this is an exciting opportunity for the truly imaginative and gifted researchers to undertake blue skies research in the area of illicit financial flows and economic justice more broadly within the discipline of political economy at its investigative and methodological frontiers. The successful applicants will have completed (or submitted) their Doctoral work; will have a social science, legal or management background, such as in economics, political economy, finance, or political science; and be excited and committed to work on illicit financial flows. Their performance will be at a prior exceptional standard in order to develop this research agenda and commensurate research methodologies under the mentorship of Professor Sarah Bracking for a period of two years, renewable on review at the end of year one if satisfactory progress has been made.

Fellowship Award Criteria:

The following eligibility criteria apply:
 Applicants must have completed the doctoral degrees within the last five years;
 Fellowships are open to South African citizens and permanent residents;
 Outstanding international candidates from outside South Africa, who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in South Africa are eligible for support;
 Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account applicants’ academic achievements, outputs and research potential.
 Applicants who are applying for a third cycle of postdoctoral research support are not eligible
 Full-time employees of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are not eligible to apply.
 All fellowship awards should be held as primary funding towards the research study.
 Fellowships must not be held simultaneously with a fellowship from any other source.
 Fellows must not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the fellowship.
 All fellows will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstration duties per week on average, and may be remunerated for these duties, provided that they are reimbursed at a rate not exceeding the normal institutional tariff for services rendered.
 Fellows will be expected to be proximate to the University for at least 80 per cent of the period of the Fellowship.
In addition to this fellowship application, selected applicants are required to be accepted and registered in the discipline of Development Studies.

Post-Doc Fellowship Award applications should consist of:
1. A letter of motivation;
2. A summary research proposal of 2 pages;
3. A C.V. ;
4. Full academic records; and
5. The contact details of two academic referees.
In addition to the fellowship, successful applicants will also receive support for field work and conference attendance.
Preference will be given to South African applicants.
The deadline for bursary applications is 30 Sept 2015.
Applications should be submitted to: Mrs Kathleen Diga ( and Prof Bracking (, using the header: TrustAfrica UKZN post-doc application 2015.

For further information please see:

African Humanities Program in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announces competitions for:

  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

Stipends are $10,000 for dissertation-completion Fellows and $17,000 for postdoctoral Fellows, plus an additional $1,000 per Fellow for books and media at both award levels. Fellowships release recipients from teaching and other duties for an academic year to permit full-time research and writing. (They may be used to “buy time.”) Recipients of both kinds of fellowship are also eligible for further support in the form of a residency at a participating research center in Africa for a sustained period of writing. Approximately forty fellowships will be awarded annually in all five countries combined. Awards will be decided by an international committee of distinguished scholars in the humanities.

Eligible Applicants

  • Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.)
  • Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.
  • All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

Eligible Projects

Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy. Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.

Selection Criteria

  • The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposed
  • The clarity of the intellectual agenda
  • The feasibility of the work plan
  • The record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidate
  • The contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide

The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa

  • By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity in disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.

Application Deadline: 2 November 2015

Application forms and instructions for the 2015-2016 competition are available at or may be requested by email at

Call for Articles on the Theme: WOMEN AND MIGRATION IN AFRICA

This issue explores African women’s experiences of migration and displacement through multiple lenses. We seek submissions that shed light on international, regional, national and local policies that shape women’s choices (or lack thereof) and experiences of migration, exclusion and displacement. Migration and displacement, as framed in this issue, are more than the movement of persons from one geographic location to another. In the context of this issue, the concepts of migration and displacement capture experiences of forming of new identities and new ways of being in the world; finding belonging in new places while staying connected to the past; negotiating complex cultural, economic and social dynamics across boundaries; and struggles to come to terms with the realities that necessitated moving from one place to another.

Guided by the feminist principle of ‘the personal is political,’ we invite writers with experience and/or knowledge of African women’s migration to contribute to this important issue. Priority for this issue will be given to evidence-based articles that illustrate the connection between policy (or its absence/ inadequacy) and women’s choices and experiences of migration. We welcome articles that include recommendations for advocating for policies and programmes that improve women’s lives, case studies that expose policy gaps or reflect best practice, and/ or which propose women’s direct participation and involvement in policies that affect their lives.

The main sub-themes that will be explored in this issue are as follows:

1) Global notions of migration and displacement: the changing political economy patterns globally, and impacts these have especially on women across the region. Articles under this theme will define and provide frameworks for understanding, migration, displacement and belonging.

a. Exploration of the myriad of ways that we can be displaced and seek for belonging. This piece will also provide theoretical underpinnings and the practice on the continent and beyond.
b. A feminist analysis of migration: focusing on exclusion and the inequalities underpinning the differences in men’s and women’s responses, practices and strategies.

2) The feminisation of migration: an exploration and analysis of shifting patterns of migration and how the phenomenon is increasingly adopting a woman’s face. What are the “pull” and “push” factors influencing women’s migration? This section will also make a critical analysis of current strategies, mechanisms and programmes and check the extent to which they respond to the realities of this increasing feminisation of migration.

a. “Choiceless choices” (without money, food and shelter, how realistic are migrants’ choices?) Experiences from the region and beyond. Experiences of women involved in rural to urban migration within countries and across borders.
b. Displaced and divided people, how women’s bodies are exploited, married-off, trafficked etc.) in times of forced migration and displacement.(Photo essays also welcome)
c. Impact of migration: Family separation (Case studies also welcome)

3) Global geopolitics and its impacts on migration and displacement of African women. In the past few decades there have been increasing numbers of people migrating from Africa to especially the global North. Analysis has pointed to this trend being largely due to a global neo-liberal economic framework which has pushed Africa especially, further to the margins of economic development. This section will attempt to place African women’s interests, concerns and experiences in these dynamics as it explores the drivers of migration within and across countries.

a. Skilled migration and emigration: Patterns of “Brain drain” or “Brain circulation” on the continent. Who wins and who loses? An analytical piece of the theories and thinking around economically active and non-economically active migrants in receiving countries.
b. Resilience and coping strategies: banding together as Africans in non-African spaces (Case studies from the diaspora).
c. Displaced by ‘gentrification’: A critique of neoliberal policies that support the displacement of poor citizens by the wealthy, big businesses and privatised services in urban spaces.
d. The gendered trend and impact of land access, ownership and displacement in Southern Africa.
e. The formation and sustenance of virtual communities through ICTs and social media as a coping mechanism after migration and displacement.

4) Migration and Money flows in the Global South: This section explores how the concept of and drive for remittances has fuelled migration and the gendered impacts of this phenomenon.

a. Women crossing borders: the patterns and experiences of women in cross border trade and the informal sector in Southern Africa
b. Domestic worker rights and experiences across borders.
c. Analysis of remittance models used by women migrants on the continent. What are the experiences of women migrants remitting to households and families? How has this impacted relationships? How gender-responsive are the banking systems on the continent in facilitating this?

5) Conceptualizing citizenship in an era of increased globalisation. To a large extent, who qualifies as a citizen and who does not determines the kind of services and quality of life one has in a given country. This section will explore how various countries in the region and on the continent have framed citizenship and how that excludes and or includes certain groups, and how this impacts especially women. (Case studies would also be great).

a. Culture, migration, belonging, displacement and the politics of identity (refugee women’s experiences in and outside of the region). What are their experiences of displacement and in shaping and reshaping these women’s identities as well as their sense of belonging?
b. Xenophobia: Afro-phobia/Negrophobia: structural causes and underlying drivers. Women bear the brunt. Analysis of women’s experiences in these contexts.
c. Race, class and gender in migration: migration experiences of women of different races and socio-economic classes.
d. Language and politics of identity (Finding a home in our tongues and in our mouths; accessibility, cultural context and colloquialism).
e. Experiences of low-literate women in foreign countries.
f. ‘Migrating to a new religion’: Experiences of women forced to change religions through marriage.
g. Displacement, belonging and politics of the body: Policy influences on migration choices and experiences of lesbians, gays, bisexual and trans men and women.

6) Responsiveness of migration-focused policy and legal frameworks to the needs of African Women: Interrogation of the extent to which available policy frameworks at continental, regional and national levels are responsive to the needs of African women and girls in and outside of their respective countries. How do these frameworks take into account the needs and realities of women and girls on the continent? Such frameworks include (but are not limited to):

a. The SADC Gender Protocol
b. The Africa Common Position on Migration and Development;
c. Regional migration policy framework, e.g. SADC framework on immigration;
d. The Africa Agenda 2063: a secure future for African women in and outside of Africa;
e. The Soweto Declaration;
f. The Protocol to the African Charter on Women’s Human Rights;
g. Agricultural and mining policies that have led to the migration and forced displacement of citizens, with a specific focus on the impact on women;
h. International, regional and national policies for refugees and asylum seekers;
i. Human rights based frameworks for migration and immigration.

10) Existing or Proposed PUBLIC ART/ACTIONS and/or LIVE ART PERFORMANCES or INSTALLATIONS for documentation and featuring in the publication.

7) Urbanisation as a driver of migration
Sixty-six percent of the continent’s population is now urbanised; there is often a eulogised myth around rural existence) as it is a big driver of migration both rural to urban within states and/or across borders. We invite case studies or photo essays on the big cities across the region (or continent), focusing on issues of urban informality (housing, trade, care economy) etc. local policy, urban planning, informal economies, and public service and infrastructure delivery etc.


Indicate your interest and focus of your selected piece by 15 September 2015. All full articles should be submitted by 15 October 2015. Write to us on

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IAS News:Aboubakar Sanogo’s presentation on colonial cinema in Africa

IAS News:Aboubakar Sanogo’s presentation on colonial cinema in Africa

Drawing on examples of 1930s colonial Central and East Africa, Prof. Aboubakar Sanogo (Film Studies and African Studies) provides a discussion of the importance of looking at the history of colonialism when examining the history of cinema at the Il Cinema Ritrovato (“Cinema Rediscovered”) festival in Bologna, Italy, 4 July 2015.

Prof. Sanogo was also at Il Cinema Ritrovato to curate the program on one of the earliest African documentary filmmakers, the Tunisian innovator, Albert Samama Chikly, who was a pioneer both in the documentary and the fiction film modes (more details here).

See a video of Prof. Sanogo’s presentation here.  For a review of the festival itself, please visit here.

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