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BISA Postgraduate Network Annual Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the BISA PGN Africa & International Studies
Working Group. We encourage submissions to address inequality in all its forms and from
different angles.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday 14th January 2015

Posted on: Tue 16 Dec 2014 | Category: calls

Humanitarianism and Development Research Group: Call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: SOCIAL CHANGE FROM BELOW AND ABOVE: INTERROGATING REVOLUTION AND POLITICAL SPACE

This is a call for papers for PGR students and early-career researchers who wish to present at a workshop, 21st - 22nd May 2015 on the above theme broadly defined. 

Expressions of interest, potential paper titles and provisional asbtracts (300 words) need to be submitted by 27th February 2015

Posted on: Tue 16 Dec 2014 | Category: calls

BISA Working Group: ECAS Conference July 2015

BISA Africa and Int. Studies Working Group invite you to submit a paper to the panel entitled ‘Peasant Movements and Resistance in the Age of Neo-liberal Enclosure: new challenges and new strategies’ for the 6th ECAS conference (European African Studies)

Submission deadline: 9th January 2015

Posted on: Tue 16 Dec 2014 | Category: calls

Call for research concept notes in Eastern Africa

Call for research concept notes regarding nutrition-relevent policy and action in Eastern Africa. Deadline: 21st November 2014

Posted on: Thu 6 Nov 2014 | Category: calls

Seminar: Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution

Seminar on three-year ESRC-funded research project that will document and analyse the impact of the new constitution’s cultural rights provisions on Kenyan society. Taking place in Nairobi on the 11th November 2014 at 11am. 

Posted on: Thu 6 Nov 2014 | Category: events

Visiting Research Fellowships: 2015-16

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for two Visiting Research Fellowships from candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The closing date for applications is 09 January 2015

Posted on: Tue 28 Oct 2014 | Category: funding

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Open access journals in humanities and social science

The British Academy presents a report investigating some of the issues involved in open access publishing, which seeks to examine various practical issues and difficulties that may arise, using the example of twelve disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

There are separate ethical, financial and practical arguments in favour of developing open-access provision. At the same time, various difficulties have been identified in practice, focussing on undesired consequences of the desired aims. This report looks at which risks might hinder the process and expansion of open access as it is currently proposed. It focuses above all on 'green' open access policies (the posting of post-peer-review author-accepted manuscripts, on the internet in University repositories, after embargo periods). The report goes on to warn that if UK open-access policies are followed too rigidly, this will, in some disciplines at least, undermine the international reach and thus standing of the country's research.

Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: featured

Empowering Graduate Student Research: Linking ORCID Identifiers to Theses and Dissertations

In the past few weeks, we've seen some exciting new integrations that link ORCID identifiers with graduate student thesis and dissertation information. These developments, coming from the British Library and Texas A&M University, help connect scholars with their important, early career publications. A master's thesis or doctoral dissertation is often a researcher's first publication, but it often lacks the visibility of more formally published materials. Integration of ORCID identifiers in the electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) process helps to raise the visibility of these important contributions and also can provide a verifiable link with the student's graduate institution.

Posted on: Thu 3 Apr 2014 | Category: featured

Findings of major study of science granting councils

The first major study of science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa has uncovered significant variations between the science, technology and innovation systems in 17 countries and has identified models that capture the most common arrangements for public research funding. The study is expected to make recommendations on the optimal functioning of councils.

The differences between systems across the continent, the researchers found, were based on geography, political and economic (in)stability, socio-economic histories including colonial legacies, and the degree of institutionalisation of research.

The study by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology – CREST – at the University of Stellenbosch produced a discussion document to inform a workshop of the Science Granting Councils in Sub-Saharan Africa project held outside Cape Town late last year. The project is funded by Canada’s IDRC – International Development Research Centre.

Posted on: Tue 21 Jan 2014 | Category: featured

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF POLITICAL STUDIES

SEPTEMBER 2014 – PRETORIA

Theme: South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis

In April 1994 the transition in South Africa concluded its first phase with the general elections of that year and introduced the second phase of a Government of National Unity and a Constitutional Assembly. Most observers and scholars regard that election as the beginning of democratization in South Africa. In 2014 the fourth general election will conclude the first two decades of a post-apartheid dispensation, of a far-reaching transformation period, of a national democratic revolution in the words of the ANC, and democratization. While the South African government had its own Ten Year Review in 2004 and Fifteen Year Review in 2009, 2014 provides an opportunity for political scientists to conduct their own retrospection, diagnosis and prognosis.

Posted on: Thu 7 Nov 2013 | Category: featured, events

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