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Africa Works! 2014

16 and 17 October 2014

Invitation: call for proposal for workshop discussions

The Netherlands African Business Council and the African Studies Centre will be organizing the second edition of the Africa Works! conference this fall.

Posted on: Fri 25 Jul 2014 | Category: events, calls

A Symposium on ‘West African Art in Context’

Organised by the Nigerian Field Society and the Cambridge African Archaeology Group

When: Sep 20, 2014 09:00 AM to Sep 21, 2014 05:00 PM
Where: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Posted on: Fri 25 Jul 2014 | Category: events

After 2015: Development and its Alternatives


Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 September 2014 The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Convenor: Dr Clive Gabay, Queen Mary, University of London

Posted on: Tue 1 Jul 2014 | Category: events

Writing for Liberty Conference

Call for Papers

Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research Lancaster University, 17-18 April 2015

Keynote speaker: Véronique Tadjo, University of the Witwatersrand

Posted on: Tue 1 Jul 2014 | Category: events, calls


Journal of African Union Studies invites contributions to Volume 3, No.1-2, 2014.

Deadline for submisions 30June 2014

Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: calls

Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

University of Leeds, Centre for Global Development Summer School

23-26 June 2014

If you want to change the world you need to understand it. This is particularly important in the field of International Development. That is why The Centre for Global Development has decided to run its 2014 Summer School with the theme ‘Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’.

Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: events


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



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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