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“The uncertain promise of future happiness: Women, youth and urban change in Ibadan, Nigeria”

Professor Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin
Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University

Date: Wednesday,March 20, 2019 | 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: PA 433 (History Lounge), Carleton University.

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Putting Refugee Women and Girls’ Rights into Headlines in Conflict Zones 

A panel discussion on why media matters for refugee women and girls, and what can happen when refugee women and girls have strong platforms through media to voice their concerns and find redress.

Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights’

Nimo Bokore, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Carleton University, will speak on her experiences researching the needs of women and girls in refugee situationsShe will also discuss the LERRN initiative and the importance of localizing knowledge to support protection and solutions, with and for refugees;

Zein AlmoghrabySenior Programs Manager, Journalists for Human Rights’ will speak about the work JHR has done for women and girls in refugee situations and conflict zones

Michael PetrouAward-winning journalist will speak from his experiences covering Syrian refugees across the Middle East.

This International Women’s Day, March 8th, Journalists for Human Rights and LERRN (The Local Engagement Refugee Research Network) warmly invite you to Putting Refugee Women and Girls’ Rights into Headlines in Conflict Zones – a panel discussion on why media matters for refugee women and girls, and what can happen when refugee women and girls have strong platforms through media to voice their concerns and find redress.

Women and girl refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable people, whether they are fleeing their homes or living in refugee camps or informal settlements. While we know a lot about their needs, journalists, humanitarian workers and development practitioners often fail to engage their voices directly in real-time, real life scenarios, both in coverage of their situation, and in programming designed to help them. JHR’s conflict programmes, including our partnership with LERRN, engage local journalists, both female and male, directly in information-gathering that prioritizes how women and girls are experiencing life as displaced persons, and what services they actually need.

These stories are able to significantly enrich discussion of services. In some cases they have even helped authorities – even such authorities as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – create solutions for challenges these refugees deal with every day. How does this work in practice? Read how JHR journalists turned a life-or-death situation around in Syria’s besieged Al Rukban refugee camp.

Please come out for an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion on how media development can take efforts to assist women and girls in refugee situations from good to great.

Date: Friday March 8th, 2019 | 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Discovery Centre, Room 482, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, Ottawa.

(Building ML on this map: Pay parking available in P1 behind the Library

RSVP here by March 4, noon

“Entangled Histories from Segregated Archives: Writing a De-ghettoized History of Marriage in a South African Colony

by Nafisa Essop Sheik

This paper is an introduction to the making of marriage as legal and social form in an emerging colonial-capitalist system of reproduction across race in nineteenth century Natal, a small British colony on the Southeast African coast. African, Indian and European customary practices of marriage became the focus of regulation, and of reformist discourse, under British colonial rule. The processes by which missionaries, settlers, state legislators and bureaucrats engaged these practices reflected the moral regulation inherent in state formation. By setting the contemporaneous regulation of different forms of marriage practices alongside each other, it is possible to view the differing historical and legal forms of gendered social order coming into being in this colony by the turn of the twentieth century for each of these colonial groups. In each case, the sedimentation of marriage regimes in the law was inflected by pre-existing forms of power which were appropriated and transformed by the colonial state’s legal institutions in conversation with its differently-constituted legal subjects.

Nafisa Essop Sheik received her PhD in African History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2012. She is Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Johannesburg, and for 2018/19 she is the Cornell Visiting Professor in History at Swarthmore College. She works on gender, law and nineteenth century British colonialism in South Africa.

Date: Friday March 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 433 (History Lounge) Paterson Hall, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

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Vacancy | Assistant Professor, History  (Permanent)
Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position which will commence July 1, 2019 subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor.

We are seeking a historian whose work focuses on the Islamic world, South or East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, or the global south. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in global/world history. The ability to develop and teach courses in global gender issues will be a strong asset, as will the ability to also teach existing history courses at Mount Royal. A Ph. D. in history is required.

New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. The successful candidate will be hired into the teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS). There is an option to change work patterns after tenure.

The successful candidate will be required to teach one course annually in General Education, with the rest of their teaching load in Humanities. 

For more information visit website here or contact Dr. Mark Gardiner, Chair, Department of Humanities at (403) 440-6541 or

Closing Date: March 11, 2019

The event is organized by Elevate International in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, Willis College and Kind Village. Elevate International aims to advance women’s leadership and economic empowerment.  

The International Women’s Leadership Summit focuses on:- Education- Empowerment- Excellence. This initiative is aligned with Canada’s commitment to encourage an increase number of women in senior decision-making positions in Canada. This year, Elevate Women’s theme is “Making Progress”, focusing on education, responsible and inclusive leadership; we are challenging ourselves to have constructive dialogues as Canadians on where we are today, and then taking realistic steps on how we are going to move forward by making a greater commitment to towards advancing gender diversity in senior decision-making positions and gender equity in Canadian companies. The leadership summit includes thought leaders, forward thinkers and visionaries on gender diversity, executive leadership training, mentoring and high level networking. 

Date: March 7th – 8th, 2019 | 8:30am to 4:30pm
Locations: The Westin Ottawa & Parliament

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Rencontre avec Edem Awumey

L’Alliance Française Ottawa vous invite à rencontrer l’auteur Edem Awumey qui viendra faire une conférence-lecture pour discuter de son dernier livre : «Mina parmi les ombres».

Edem Awumey est né au Togo. Après quelques années passées en France, où il a publié son premier roman, Port-Mélo (Gallimard, 2006; Grand Prix de littérature de l’Afrique noire), il s’est installé à Gatineau en 2005. En 2009, son deuxième roman, Les Pieds sales (Boréal, Seuil), a été sélectionné pour le prix Goncourt. Il a également fait paraître Rose déluge (Boréal, Seuil, 2012) et Explication de la nuit (Boréal, 2013). Descent into Night, la traduction anglaise d’Explication de la nuit, a été récompensée en octobre 2018 par un Prix du Gouverneur général du Canada. Ses romans s’inscrivent dans les lieux imaginaires de l’enfance, du voyage et de la mémoire. Edem Awumey a également été chargé de cours de littérature francophone à l’Université McGill et à l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. Sa dernière fiction en date, Mina parmi les ombres (Boréal, 2018), raconte le périple d’un photographe afro-québécois qui part sur les traces de sa muse, disparue dans un pays d’Afrique en proie à la fureur de l’intégrisme.

Cet événement est organisé en partenariat avec le Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais.

Date et Heure:  sam., 2 mars 2019, 10:00 – 11:00 HNE
Endroit: Alliance Française Ottawa, 352 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0M6