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VACANCY: CODESRIA Executive Secretary

Deadline: 15 September 2016

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified senior African scholars for the position of Executive Secretary in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. This position, which will fall vacant in 2017, is the most senior management post in the Executive Secretariat and the successful candidate will be expected to function as the leader of the institution and a diverse team of staff under the overall supervision of the Executive Committee of the Council.

Posted on: Mon 4 Jul 2016 | Category: Vacancies

VACANCY: Position of the Humanities Research Fellow at the British Institute in Eastern Africa

BIEA intends to appoint a Humanities Research Fellow on a fixed-term contract of one year in the first instance, to carry out a programme of research relating to the work of the Institute.
The Research Fellow can be from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities. The Research Fellow will develop a post-doctoral programme of research in line with the existing BIEA research themes (as specified on our website). He/she will also assist in other research projects and research-related activities based at the Institute. Applicants should possess a PhD or be close to completing a PhD programme.

Posted on: Fri 1 Jul 2016 | Category: Vacancies

Event: #ApartheidMustFall to #RhodesMustFall?: The Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976, 16 June London

Remember Soweto

Thursday, 16 June 2016 at 17:00, London, United Kingdom

By: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Education, University of London, Southern Africa Seminar Studies


Posted on: Mon 13 Jun 2016

Call for Applications: BIEA Thematic Research Grants

The British Institute in Eastern Africa invites applications for funding for research projects that engage with one or more of the following thematic areas:

  1. Everyday States
  2. Bio-Cultural Frontiers
  3. Land, Heritage ad Memory
  4. Spending Time
  5. Connections and Disconnections

Posted on: Thu 9 Jun 2016 | Category: calls

BISA African Affairs Postgraduate Paper Prize

The British International Studies Association (BISA) African Affairs Postgraduate Paper Prize is awarded for the best paper on a topic related to Africa, presented at either the BISA Postgraduate Network Conference or the BISA Annual Conference, by a postgraduate student (i.e. prior to graduation with a PhD).

Posted on: Thu 9 Jun 2016 | Category: calls


Call: Systematic Reviews for DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty and commissions world-class research that directly improves people’s lives. The DFID Systematic Review Programme aims to strengthen evidence-informed policy making through the production of high quality and policy relevant evidence synthesis products.

With this aim in mind, DFID has awarded the EPPI-Centre the contract to commission its next round of systematic reviews, to provide training and support for the review teams, and to quality assure their work. We shall be working with DFID to identify unanswered questions that are important to policy and can usefully be addressed by systematic reviews. The first questions relate to the area of:Women's economic empowerment


Posted on: Mon 4 Jul 2016 | Category: featured, calls

Event: Africa Writes, 1-3 July 2016, London


Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Celebrating its 5th yearwill bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers and experts for a stimulating and exciting three days! Every year the festival showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities.

This year’s highlights include the symposium “Africa in Translation: Memory and Remembering” on friday, 1 July 2016 (10.00-13.00). The symposium aims to explore the place of translation in the contested spaces of memory and re-membering, and its impact on society.  The discussants – Veronique Tadjo, Kama Sywor Kamanda, Abdilatif Abdalla, Roland Glasser, Ida Hadjivayani and others – look into Caleb Femi, the meaning of ‘the African body’ across time and space, and into the place of literature in cross-cultural scholarship, writing, reading, translation, publishing and performance.

Caleb Femi, photograph by Jolade Olusanya
 photograph by Jolade Olusanya

Posted on: Wed 8 Jun 2016 | Category: featured, events

Conference:Developing the next generation of researchers Ebonyi State University, Nigeria 21-23 June

Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, 21-23 June 2016

This workshop, an initiative of Ebonyi State University being organised in collaboration with the ACU, will explore innovative approaches to academic mentoring and career development for emerging researchers.

In a period of fast-paced change and growth in higher education, early career researchers find themselves confronted with a wider array of challenges than ever before. With growing student numbers, greater competition for research funding, and ever more exacting demands from funders, a reflective and proactive approach to developing academic skills is becoming increasingly critical to a flourishing research career.

Posted on: Tue 24 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Event: An eye for the “other” 18 May London

Representations of alterity in contemporary postcolonial “texts”, 18 May 2016, London

Finishes: 18 May 2016 Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Room: L67

Type of Event: Forum

Series: CCLPS Critical Forum

The condition of postcoloniality, which some argue characterises the contemporary world and its narrative reproductions, raises important questions about how to critically conceptualise the postcolonial nation-state and its constitutional inclusion of ethnocultural difference.  Both postcolonial theory and postcolonial “texts” caution against normative, hegemonic representations. Analyses of the nation-state, ethnocultural variegation and alterity within the postcolonial “text” must be developed with this critique in mind.


In this post-graduate seminar, organized within the Critical Forum Series of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies and co-hosted by English Studies at SOAS, three PhD students will share their research related to the challenges of transcending normative, hegemonic representations of alterity, the nation-state and identity.

Posted on: Mon 16 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Event: Seeking Sanctuary in a World with Witchcraft

Posted on: Fri 13 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Call for Applications: Haycock Research Grant: Sudan and South Sudan

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for grants from the Haycock Fund, to support projects of research in Sudan/South Sudan. Applications may be for any sum between £1,000 and £9,000 pounds sterling, and may be made in respect of research projects in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Please note that we are not able to fund projects of medical research, or educational work. BIEA places a strong premium on value for money, and applicants should note that we expect to make two or three awards, and that the total sum available for award is only £10,000.

Posted on: Wed 27 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, calls

Exhibition: Fashion Cities Africa, 30 April 2016 – 8 January 2017, Brighton

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion will open at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April 2016.

Exploring fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa – Fashion Cities Africa will consider recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, from couture to street style.

The exhibition will focus on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city; from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, Martin Pel, its Curator of Fashion & Textiles, Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings and researcher Harriet Hughes visited the cities in summer 2015** to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.

Posted on: Mon 18 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, events

Nairobi Annual Lecture - 8 April 2016



Posted on: Thu 7 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, events

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