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Out of Fragility? 

This panel will discuss how Bangladesh, Rwanda and Mozambique emerged out of fragility. The panelists will identify factors which enabled these three countries to increase state capacities and investigate whether these three examples hold broader lessons for thinking about ways out of fragility.

Moderator: Christoph Zuercher, University of Ottawa

Panelists: Nipa Banerjee, University of Ottawa (Bangladesh), Christopher Huggins, University of Ottawa (Rwanda) and Carrie Manning, Georgia State University (Mozambique)

When: March 27, 2018 | 12:00pm  2:00pm
Where: Rm 4006, 120 University Private, Ottawa

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Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Africa: Changing Dynamics and Emerging Research Questions

Mines artisanales et à petite échelle en Afrique : Nouvelles dynamiques et questions de recherche





  • Chris Huggins, University of Ottawa
  • Doris Buss & Blair Rutherford, Carleton University
  • Dorothée Gizenga, Diamond Development Initiative
  • Joanne Lebert, IMPACT (formerly Partnership Africa Canada)
  • Nicolas Hubert, PhD student, University of Ottawa

When: March 28 mars, 2018 | 12:00 – 2:30pm
Where: LMX243 – uOttawa

Présentations en anglais et en français suivies d’un échange bilingue

Responsible Sourcing and the Artisanal Mining Sector: A Panel and Discussion with Joanne Lebert, Zuzia Danielski and Victoria Reichel of Impact ( formerly Partnership Africa-Canada)

When: Wednesday March 28, 2018 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Richmond Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier West

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CODE’s ‘Context Matters’ Research Awards

This is an initial call for what will become a sustained annual program of support for an African Research Agenda in Language and Literacy. As part of this initial call the Canadian NGO CODE will offer up to 5 research awards (maximum CAN $10,000 each) to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and salience of K-12 education programming, including related pre-service teacher education, in Africa.

Application deadline is May 21, 2018

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Call for Papers: Research Forum and Symposium

Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth, South Africa August 17-26, 2018

The National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) and Nelson Mandela (NMU) University are co-hosting co-host a research conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract (s). Topics associated with all aspects of globalization, education, social and government issues, health and human services and other universal subjects are welcomed.

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Hiring: Assistant Professor of African Studies

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of African Studies. We seek candidates with broad competence in African Studies and teaching and research interests in conflict, development, gender, and/or human rights. Candidates with a record of successful peer-reviewed publishing and grant winning and an interest in the policy implications of their work are particularly encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from those at the advanced assistant professor level who have taught for at least two years. Experience teaching in an interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate degree program would be desirable, as would the ability to contribute creatively to the School’s new strategic initiative on Power and Privilege.

The position will begin on September 1, 2018.

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Call for Applications: Two postdoctoral fellowship opportunities mobility, politics and transformation in sub-Saharan Africa

Under the auspices of the South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University seeks applications for two post-doctoral fellows. Fellows will be appointed for a period of one to two years beginning as early as January 2019. Compensation is at the maximum allowable under South African tax code. Under the following descriptions;

1) Mobility, diversity, and temporality in African cities

2) Law and the regulation of difference

Applications are due 1 May 2018.

For more information, contact Kabiri Bule:

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African Marimba Workshop​

Here is an opportunity to learn how to play Zimbabwean style Marimba Music. Learn interlocking rhythms and melodies on marimbas. No background in music theory necessary.

When: Friday, March 23 | 7:00 PM
Where: 270 Crichton St, Ottawa, ON K1M 1W4, Canada

All ages welcome. Charge: $25 (2 hours).

For more information, phone 613-818-9785 or

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Reflections Album Release Concert by John Kofi Dapaah

John Kofi Dapaah is a pianist crossing the boundaries of the classical and jazz world. John has performed in recitals and concerts in Japan, Austria, and throughout Canada. He has played in recital series such as the Ottawa International Chamberfest, Cathedral Arts Series, Jugend am Klavier and L’Oasis Musicale to name a few.

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Where: Ottawa Pianos, 1412 Bank Street

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Uganda4Her Trivia Night​

Insight@CU is hosting a Trivia Night to fundraise for the Pads4Her initiative! Partnered with Uganda4Her, the organization running the Pads4Her initiative, which advocates for women’s rights and provides sanitary pads to women in Uganda. Only $5 to take part in the trivia! Join us for a fun and educational event for a good cause!

When: Monday, March 26 | 8:00 PM
Where: Mike’s Place, 2nd Level Unicentre, Carleton University

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An Evening with Gcina Mhlophe

Ottawa Storytellers and the Ottawa International Writers Festival welcome Gcina Mhlophe, one of South Africa’s most celebrated storytellers. In this intimate encounter, she will be telling traditional Southern African folktales and sharing stories from her life as a freedom fighter, writer, literacy advocate, story-collector, and artist. Gcina has been described as one of South Africa’s cultural treasures. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

When: Wednesday, March 28 | 7:30 PM
Where: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2

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