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Black History Month|Public Lecture by Professor Pablo Idahosa (York University)

When: February 9, 2018 | 6:30PM
Where: 303 Paterson Hall (Humanities Lounge)

Wine & Cheese Reception follows

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Black History Month | City of Ottawa Official Launch

When: January 27, 2018 | 2 – 4PM
Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave

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2018 IAS Annual Conference & Festschrift in honor of Professor Linda Freeman

When: March 1 – 2, 2018
Where: Conference Room, Richcraft Hall

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Sino-Africa Relationship: Africa-China Reporting Project

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Where: The Arts Lounge, 2017 Dunton Tower

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The Africa Study Group is happy to announce its January Session

Title: From security Issues in the Sahel to the Dynamics of Armed Tuareg Groups in Mali

by Adib Bencherif

The increasing strength of jihadist groups in the years after 2000, the Tuareg rebellion begun in Mali in 2012 and the growing tensions between and within communities in recent years are key factors behind the growing importance of the security situation in the Sahel-Sahara region to the international political agenda. With this starting point, the presentation will try to describe the dynamic relationships between the different armed groups in the most recent Malian conflict, in order to explain the challenges they pose for the stabilization of the region. It will endeavour to put in perspective the objectives, strategies, relative strengths and self-images of the different groups present, in particular within the broader Tuareg community, in order to suggest possible future directions for Mali and for the broader region.

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Venue: Richmond Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West (on the second floor)

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Call for Papers: Third international thematic CRG conference on Africa and the Indian Ocean 

History and Politics of Belonging in African Indian Ocean Island Societies
Martin-Luther University, Halle (Saale), Germany

Send abstracts before January 31, 2018 .

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Call for Abstracts

Bilingual (French/English) Graduate Student Conference

Critical Perspectives on Resource Extraction Governance: Spaces of Struggle and Conflict, Rights, and Social Innovation

Interdisciplinary Research Group on Territories of Extraction (GRITE) 

GRITE is issuing a call for abstracts to graduate students to participate in a conference May 7 to 9, 2018 (exact date to be confirmed) at the University of Ottawa. The focus of the conference is to critically examine governance of resource extraction, at multiple levels, as well as the innovative ways in which various actors are thus engaged.

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CBC’s Ideas is seeking PhD students

We want to turn your PhD research into a 54-minute radio show on It would be part of our regular feature on the program called “Ideas from the Trenches.”

If you’re interested in participating, please send an email to

In a page or less, tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired your interest in your area of study. Describe the focus of your PhD and why it would appeal to a national audience, and outline a few of the key theorists, authors and concepts your PhD explores and challenges. We would like your submission by January 30, 2018. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in a background interview to explain to us more about your thesis, and then participate in three recording sessions for the documentary itself. Please note that you can be at any stage of the PhD process (including questioning whether you still plan to finish!).

You can listen to previous episodes here

Calypso Rose Pre-Show Party!

Steel drums, Calypso DJs, and more heat-up the NAC’s Canal Foyer before the legendary Calypso Rose and Kobo Town take the stage!

Join us at 6:30pm as we take in the gorgeous Steel Pan playing of musician Eddie Alleyne, and enjoy the best Soca and Calypso from beloved Ottawa party-maker, DJ Massive Vibes.

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Pierre Kwenders 2018 Concert

Afro-Canadian singer/songwriter Pierre Kwenders’ music is a response to a world that so often asks people who fit comfortably in multiple boxes to pick only one. While Pierre’s music ranges from icy R&B to futuristic hip-hop, his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo.

His new full-length album released on September 2017 produced entirely by Seattle-based Fly Guy Dai (aka Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces), this new album pivots from Bantou’s housey thump to something more instrumental, incorporating strong African influence and old-school West Coast hip-hop vibes into Kwenders unique recipe.

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African Studies @ Carleton University