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Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development (2 posts)

Posted on: Fri 13 Nov 2015 | Category: Vacancies

Fellowships in Humanities

University of Bath

50th Anniversary Prize Fellows

Posted on: Fri 13 Nov 2015 | Category: News

Call For Papers: Africa N’Ko

Africa N’Ko

The Project

Call for Papers

Africa N’Ko: Africa in the World

Translation: disputing the sense of African social realities

Dakar, 3- 6 December 2015

Submission by 15th November 2015

Posted on: Wed 28 Oct 2015 | Category: calls

CAS seminar: Crime fiction, mythomania, and the criminalisation of the South African state

Oct 26, 2015 

from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM

Posted on: Fri 23 Oct 2015 | Category: events

Event: Billy Kahora in conversation with Nikesh Shukla, University of Bristol, 22 October 2015

Billy Kahora in conversation with Nikesh Shukla

22 October 2015, 17:30

University of Bristol, 21 Woodland Road, LR8


Posted on: Mon 19 Oct 2015 | Category: events

Panel and Book Launch

Panel and Book Launch: "Sidelights on Nigerian history"

28 October 2015, 18:00 - 20:00
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

Posted on: Fri 16 Oct 2015 | Category: events


Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Symposium of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN)

2nd Annual Symposium of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN)

Peace Support Operations in West Africa

WAPSN is organizing its second annual symposium in Accra, Ghana, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in early May 2016 (5-7 May tbc).

Posted on: Mon 16 Nov 2015 | Category: featured, calls

CAS Visiting Fellowships 2016-17

CAS Visiting Fellowships 2016-17

We are now accepting applications for our Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowships.

Posted on: Thu 5 Nov 2015 | Category: featured, funding

ASA-UK Conference - Call for papers for panels under Peace, Protest and Political Struggle Stream


The ASAUK biennial conference will be held at the University of Cambridge (Robinson College) and will run from 14.00 on Wednesday 7 September 2016 to 15.30 on Friday 9 September 2016. It will coincide with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Cambridge Centre for African Studies.

Posted on: Tue 13 Oct 2015 | Category: featured, calls

Call For Applications: DST - NRF Fellowships For Early Career Researchers From The United Kingdom

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the Call for applications for DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom.

The application deadline is 11 January 2016 for funding in 2016. 

Applicants must apply using the NRF Online Submission System at: and follow the application process set out in the attached call document and funding manual.

This call is intended for applicants based in the United Kingdom and will not require an Institutional Designated Authority (DA) validation process, however DA’s are requested to please advertise this call for applications as widely as possible in academia in the interest of attracting applicants based in the United Kingdom.

Posted on: Thu 8 Oct 2015 | Category: featured, funding, News

Call for Papers: Art and Ideology in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Fiction

Scholars are invited to examine the ramifications of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative outputs from a variety of perspectives, and contribute to this classic anthology, articles that show penetrating understanding of her art and ideology from (but not limited to) feminism to war, matters of interpenetrability of myths and perceptions, challenges of multicultural existence and complex human diversities in broad and unique contexts.


  • Length: Articles should not exceed 5000 words.
  • Format: Articles should be double spaced throughout. Use the same typeface and size throughout the article. Italics are preferred to underlines for titles of books.
  • Style: UK or US spellings, but be consistent. Direct quotations should retain the spelling used in the original source. Check the accuracy of your citations and always give the source, date, and page number in the text and a full reference in the works cited at the end of the article. Italicize titles of books or plays. Use single inverted commas throughout except for quotations within quotations which are double. Avoid subtitles or subsection headings within the text.
  • References: All references/works cited should be listed in full at the end of the article, in the following style:

Surname, name/initial, title of work, place: publisher, date.

Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’. In surname, name/initial (ed.) title of work.Place of publication, publisher, date. 
Or: Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’, Journal, vol. no.: page no.

Articles should be sent as e-mail attachments – – Word document .Brief personal profile should be submitted with the article but as separate attachment.

Deadline: 23 October 2015.

Posted on: Thu 1 Oct 2015 | Category: featured, calls, News

African university numbers double in U-Multirank

By Christiaan van der Merwe

The number of African universities in the latest iteration of the EU-funded university comparison tool, U-Multirank, has doubled from last year.

There were 24 institutions from eight African countries in the list for 2015 released on 31 March, up from 12 in last year’s inaugural rankings.

While not a university ranking in the traditional sense, in that it doesn’t list universities from best to worst, U-Multirank awards scores ranging from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak) in 31 categories, broadly divided into five themes.

The 2015 edition added three new subject areas for examination: computer science, psychology and medicine

The institutions which appear for the first time in 2015 are:

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
  • Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco)
  • Alexandria University (Egypt)
  • Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt)
  • Ain Shams University (Egypt)
  • Cairo University (Egypt)
  • Mansoura University (Egypt)
  • Higher Institute of Economics and Business (Cape Verde)
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • University of Namibia (Namibia)
  • University of Sfax (Tunisia)

Outside South Africa, only Cairo University achieved an ‘A’ score for its publication output.

Full article found here 

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Posted on: Tue 7 Apr 2015 | Category: featured

International Women's Day 7th March 2015

In honour of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 7, Planet Earth Institute wanted to spotlight four inspirational women who are working in science and tech in Africa.

The following is taken directly from this website where you can find further information and videos. 

1)    Mariéme Jamme

Originally from Senegal, Marieme is a tireless advocate for technology and the importance of building STEM skills on the continent. She is also CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a consultancy that helps enterprise tech companies get a foothold in Europe, Asia and Africa. Here’s a video of her passionately explaining what Africa’s scientific independence means to her.

2)    Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa

Management consultants by day, Afua and Yasmin also co-founded She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports high-potential female entrepreneurs by helping them jump-start their businesses. On January 24, they successfully ran their first ever ‘Who wants to be a tech millionaire’ event, which provided workshops for young women interested in building tech-enabled businesses. Here’s a little more about their work, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

3)    Liberata Mwita, PhD student, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Growing up, Liberata wanted to become a pilot, but her family urged her to pursue a career in scientific research. Now she is studying for a PhD with SABINA at the University of Pretoria where she is part of a larger, multi-investigator project addressing complex questions about how several species of Bacillus bacteria interact with plants. This is an important question because earlier research has shown that these bacteria, which are free-living in the soil, promote plant growth under the proper circumstances. To learn more about RISE, the programme she is associated with, please click here.

4)    Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder, Women in Engineering

A native of South Africa, Naadiya describes herself as a ‘serial social entrepreneur’. With a background in engineering, Naadiya decided to set up WomEng, a social enterprise developing the next generation of women engineering leaders around the world. At present, WomEng operates in South Africa and Kenya, but aspires to expand into West Africa. We look forward to following her impact!


Posted on: Tue 10 Mar 2015 | Category: featured

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

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