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Peacebuilding organisation International Alert are pleased to invite you to attend the ninth in a series of Peace Talks.

Monday 28 April 2014 at 18.30 at The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London.

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: events

LIDC Fellowship Scheme 2014

Small grants for interdisciplinary projects in international development

Applications are now open for the LIDC Fellowship Scheme 2014!

The Scheme aims to support new collaborative research projects in international development between academics from at least two different Blommsbury Colleges - LIDC members.

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: funding, calls

CAS Annual Conference April 24-25 - 'Mining and Political Transformations in Africa'

We are pleased to invite you to register and participate in the 2014 Centre of African Studies Annual Conference, April 24-25, at the University of Edinburgh. The theme of the conference is 'Mining and Political Transformations in Africa.' There are limited numbers of places available so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014

The Practice of Ethnic Diplomacy: Exploring Relations between Non-state Nations

Speakers: Professor Luis Beltrán (University of Alcalá) and Dr Marta Iñiguez de Heredia (University of Cambridge)

Chair and Discussant: Professor Iver Neumann (London School of Economics)

Venue: LSE, 10 June (4-6pm)

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: events

South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis



Venue: University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa

10-12 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: events, calls

Nigeria Research Day - Call For Papers

June 21st 2014, University College London

 UCL and SOAS Departments of Politics and International Studies invites participants to a day-long workshop to showcase and discuss new research on Nigeria holding on June 21, 2014 at University College London.

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: events, calls


Connected histories of decolonisation workshop

The recent rise of global history has prompted much reflection amongst imperial historians about the interconnections and cross-influences that existed between and amongst past empires, stretching across vast spatial and chronological frameworks. Taking as its starting point this new trend in historical research, this workshop will explore the connections, entanglements and transnational links between different twentieth century decolonisation processes. In particular, this study day seeks to bring to light the ways in which people, ideas and practices, from both the global North and South, crossed national and colonial borders, and how these connections, in turn, impacted upon on the decline of European colonialism. By going beyond a narrow, nation-state perspective, this workshop aims to break down boundaries in the history of decolonisation, challenging, for example, the divides between the British, French and Portuguese empires, but also, more widely, binaries such as colonial/ post-colonial, metropole/ periphery, coloniser/ colonised.

Posted on: Thu 17 Apr 2014 | Category: featured, events, calls

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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